Oh no! It’s a sweltering July day, and you’re all packed and ready to go to your next home…..little did you know that when you booked the Uhaul that it would be a scorching 95 degrees out. You’re facing a day of potential torture for you and everyone involved in your move if you can’t figure out how to keep cool as you are slinging boxes and moving furniture.
Fortunately, there are some tried and true techniques that professional movers use to keep cool on days like this. Moving professionals move in the rain, sleet, snow, or shine, and they know how to combat each weather condition and get the job done. Let’s learn from them as we prepare to put in a long day of hard work:
1. Beat the heat
On moving day, start as early as possible before the mercury begins to rise. Take frequent breaks as it begins to heat up, and avoid any heavy activity during peak sun time, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
2. Stay hydrated
One critical part of beating the heat is staying hydrated with water and other electrolyte replenishing fluids. Avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks, as they can cause a hard crash after the stimulants have worn off. Feel free to splash a little water on your face too, when the going gets rough.
3. Keep easy to grab snacks on hand
Be ready to refuel and reignite your energy by eating frequent, small snacks as you work throughout the day. Keeping your blood sugar levels at a constant will avoid any highs and lows you may experience by choosing not to eat.
4. Dress for the weather and wear sunscreen
Moving day is no time to be putting on a fashion show. Dress for the forecasted weather in comfortable clothing that will go the distance with you. Avoid garments that you might always have to adjust on your body as you are bending, stretching, and lifting items. Wear sunscreen on exposed skin to minimize the risk of sunburn. You won’t want to be relaxing in an apple cider vinegar bath at the end of the day to sooth blistered skin when you could be kicking back and rejoicing at the hard work you accomplished.
5. Wear comfortable shoes
Don’t “shoot yourself in the foot” by wearing unacceptable footwear on such an important day. Choose shoes that will last the entire day and keep you comfortable while doing so. Absolutely NO flip flops, high heels, or shoes with slippery soles, for they spell potential disaster. A comfortable slip on or tennis shoe will be best for the day you have ahead of you.
6. Be careful with items that are heat sensitive
Items such as electronics, computer equipment, artwork, and perishable items should be dealt with and brought into your new location as quickly as possible to avoid damage in the blistering heat. If you suspect that food has been left out for too long, it is best to throw it away and replace it as soon as you are able.
7. Manage children, pets, and the elderly..tend to them early and often
If you have any of these precious items in tow on moving day, make sure you plan for their safety and comfort on a hot and steamy day.
8. Start air conditioning and fans early in your new location
When moving to your new location, make sure your destination is cool and comfortable. If your moving brood needs breaks, they have a cool and comfortable place to beat the heat in between moving loads.
9. Know what heat exhaustion looks and feels like
Headaches, dizziness, muscle spasms, and nausea are all early signs of heat exhaustion. If you or a member of your crew is experiencing any of these, have them rest and rehydrate, taking it easier after returning to work. If these symptoms worsen, seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent more serious complications.
10. Have clean clothes and towels handy.
Chances are you will work up a sweat and get grimy after all of that lugging and tugging. Have a clean change of clothes and a towel ready so that you can take a well-deserved shower at the end of the day. Even that small act of self-care will have you feeling better in no time.
Moving is a hard business, and it should be taken seriously. Coming to the table prepared and ready to handle the elements will prevent injury, overexertion, and unnecessary trouble, and allow you to focus on the business at hand. Good luck!