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3 Steps For Planning a Cross Country Move

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 136

When I moved across the country it was a spur of the moment thing. My major regret is that I didn't plan for it at all, because there was so much that I wound up missing out on and because I was really just not prepared for the trip.

"Planning" my trip involved fitting everything that I could in my Mitsubishi, throwing out and donating what didn't fit, buying a case of water for my front seat, a box of beef jerky to go with the water. The drive was the most exciting 48 hours of my life, but it could have been better. Here are some tips for you cross country movers.

Plan Your Trip

You can go to A.A.A. and get a map of all of the rest stop along the way for major highways in the United States. Trust me, this is extremely important. I found myself in serious pain driving over 50 miles and having to use the rest room with nothing but desert and 18 wheelers around me.

I slept once, at a truck top, on my trip from Miami to California and I don't recommend that. First off, it is extremely dangerous to drive that tired, and its dangerous to sleep in your car in the middle of nowhere. Find some hotels on your route to stop in. There are plenty of inexpensive stops along your route.

Pack Only What You Need

Want some extra gas money? Sell everything that you don't need. Either have a garage sale or be a little more 21st century, use Craigslist. Not only will you have some extra cash to spend on your ride, but you'll have a much less heavy vehicle. Lighter vehicles translate to better gas mileage. This really means a lot when moving a long distance.

Leave Yourself Time to Relax in Your New Home

When I got to California, I immediately unpacked because I had to be ready for work the next day. What happened on my first day of work? I almost got fired for being a completely exhausted mess. You probably just drove through at least 2 time zones and now have what I call, car lag. Make sure that you have at least one day to sit back and relax in your new home, and then another day to start unpacking the essentials.

You really are going to love your drive across the country to your new home. There is so much to see that it will really blow your mind. My recommendations for the I-10 route across the southern part of the states:

Stop in New Orleans for a benet (is that spelled right?)Go check out the Alamo in San AntonioTry to plan driving through New Mexico during a sunset...trust me.Take a 2 hour detour to Tombstone, AZ if you ever saw any of the movies about Wyatt Earp

One final, and maybe the most important tip...bring eye drops and water for the desert part of Texas. Just do it and thank me later.

I was once one of the cross country movers that made a move without a plan. It was the most amazing move of my life, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. With that being said, if I were to move a long distance ever again, I'd just try and be more prepared next time.

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