How to Adequately Prepare for a Long-Distance Move

Long-distance moves require you to uproot your entire life and transport it thousands of miles. Planning for such drastic life events can be intimidating.

One missed step and you could lose family heirlooms or go over your moving budget.

That’s why it’s important to plan your move out step by step. Keep reading for our guide on how to successfully prepare for a long-distance move.

Plan and Budget

When moving long distances, you need to budget your money and your time. For an efficient move, this budgeting process starts months in advance of your actual moving date.

Determine how much money you can afford to spend on your move. This will help you decide later on what professional services you contract with. 

When you prepare for a move, planning these things out is essential.

You should also plan out an itinerary. How many days will you spend packing? 

If you’re driving to your new home, how long will that take? Will you need to spend the night somewhere? Decide on all of these details early.

Choose Your Mode of Transportation 

Decide whether you will drive your own car, rent a vehicle, or fly. Many families find themselves having to combine a few of these options depending on how many vehicles they plan to transport.

If you’ll be renting a vehicle or hiring a moving company, make sure it’s one that works with your budget. And if you are driving your own car, have it inspected before you depart. You don’t want it to break down on the road.

For more insight as to how a moving company could help you relocate, we’ve got a moving guide that can answer all of your questions.


Now that you have planned out the logistics, you need to put the plan into action. But don’t start packing yet! First, you need to organize and declutter.

Decide what you need to bring with you to your new home and what you should get rid of.

There are a lot of creative places to sell your things online. If it’s easily replaceable, it isn’t worth paying to move it long distances.

Decluttering may seem like a lot of work, but it can save you money in the long run. Be sure to factor in enough extra time for decluttering before your departure date.

Organize and Pack

Now you’re ready to pack. But don’t just throw things into boxes. Packing effectively requires strategy.

First, label every box and pack by either category or by room. Whichever you choose, be consistent. Label every box so you know what is in it.

Create a master list of what is inside every box. Unpacking at your new place may take a few weeks. When you need something in a hurry, you’ll know right where to look.

Do not pack essential items. Medications, passports, and things of that nature should stay out of boxes and by your side throughout your travels.

Now You’re Ready For a Long-Distance Move

Once you have packed up your things and planned your move, you are ready to depart! Long-distance moves are intimidating, but with the right preparation, they can be a piece of cake.

For more advice about the house and home, check out our Lifestyle section. 

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