THE DOs and DON’Ts OF MOVING IN THE SUMMER

Moving in the midst of summer can be particularly trying as you maneuver through the heat. As always, a little planning ahead can be helpful. It may not eliminate the heat, but these tips can certainly alleviate its affects.



GET AN EARLY START

If you are moving during the summer, try to schedule your move for early in the day. Experts state the hottest part of the day is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


HOW YOU DRESS MAKES A DIFFERENCE

The need to dress in clothing that will keep you cool during the heat of summer is very important. Even the colors you choose can make a difference. You may not think so, but experts tell us that the best color to wear in the heat is black. This is because it absorbs the energy from the sun and doesn’t allow it to touch the skin. https://www.bustle.com


ADDITIONAL WAYS TO STAY COOL IN THE SUMMER

  • Adjust Air Conditioner

On the day you move, you should adjust the air conditioner thermostats in both locations so that you are not walking into a hot house. This would mean, of course, that you have been diligent in turning on your utilities at your new place prior to your moving day.

  • Stay Hydrated

Keep a good amount of bottled water on hand, chilled if possible. It’s easy to become dehydrated in the heat. Drink a steady amount of water and avoid such things as sodas and caffeinated drinks as they tend to dehydrate you. Should you want something other than water, try iced herbal teas or juices such as lemonade.

  • Wet, Cold Hand Towels

I’m a big fan of using a wet, cold hand towel when I’m working outside. Applying one to the back of your neck and leaving it there as you work can assist in bringing your temperature down considerably. Some have suggested keeping a few wet towels in a cooler of ice for reserve.

  • Portable Fans

Try using a few portable fans throughout your home on moving day. It will make a big difference in the overall temperature. Even with the air conditioner running, you will have a lot of the air escape because the doors will most likely be open with the movers going in and out.

Even if you are merely sitting, you can begin to feel the heat build through the day. Try using one of the portable fans that you can hang around your neck. You have probably seen people using them on the beach or other places.


A WORD ABOUT ELECTRONICS IN THE HEAT

An overabundance of exposure to heat can ruin your electronic items. Things such as your smartphone, TV, laptops and even many appliances can be affected by the heat. Try to pack these items on the moving van so that they are moved out last and subsequently, moved in first.


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