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You have loaded up the last box onto the moving truck and are close to hitting the road for your long-distance move. It may seem like the most challenging part of your move is complete, but you're only halfway there. Long-distance moves can have quite a few unexpected variables that will cause your some grief while you are on the road. The longer you are traveling, the chances of a derailment increase. It is impossible to predict if and when one of these occurrences may happen, but it is always best to be prepared for any issues that may occur while traveling. We are going to talk about some tips and tricks that you can utilize that won't entirely fix the problems but will make the issues more bearable.

Fuel Costs

Right now, gas prices will wreak havoc on any potential budgets you may have put together. 

High gas prices are hitting the country hard, and long-distance travel isn't going to be friendly to your wallet, especially if you're the one driving the moving truck. Your best bet is to find a gas helper app for your phone that will track down the lowest gas prices in your driving area.   

Damages in Transit

This starts at the beginning of your packing and moving adventure. When you are packing fragile items, such as kitchen items, it is best to use the proper box and packing materials to prevent this. Use the specific dish packing box that is designed to keep these items safer than a standard box, and make good use of your packing paper and bubble wrap. When using a professional moving company, like Brouwer Relocation, purchase the coverage protection that will reimburse you for any damages that may occur during your transport.

Unexpected Delays

If you are using a professional moving company, there is a slight chance that you may arrive a day or two before your belongings get there. Nasty weather or truck shortages may cause issues that may separate you from your belongings for more than you are comfortable with, but there are a few things you can do that won't make it the end of the world. When loading your car for the open road, you need to keep some things with you that will prevent any issues like this from being a big issue. Pack a change of clothes that will last a few days to prevent you from being completely separated from your wardrobe. Pack a few kitchen essentials like a few pots and pans and some utensils, this way, you can still prepare some meals at your new place. 

It also wouldn't hurt to invest in an air mattress, this will save you from potentially having to find a hotel room for a few days while waiting on the moving truck.

Unforeseen Emergencies

The longer you are on the road, the higher the chances of something negative happening. It is always best to be prepared for the worst. Whenever you are traveling, and not just for moves, make sure that you have an emergency roadside kit. These will contain items that will help keep you safe if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Investing in memberships to services like AAA can also be helpful in case of an unforeseen breakdown. A few other tips that may help is to carry a portable phone charger with you and pre-download your GPS routes in case you hit areas without any service.

Schedule Your Next Move with Us

At Brouwer Relocation, we can help you with your long-distance move. Whether it is a state over or across the country, we will ensure that your move goes smoothly. Our residential movers and long-distance movers will ensure that you have nothing to worry about. We are agents with Atlas Van Lines, which means that your personal belongings are in safe hands while on the road to your new home.