Moving during the summer months can be a real challenge, primarily because temperatures can get very hot. Add in physical activity, like moving, and you or family can get heat exhaustion. Since summer is one of the busiest moving seasons, we compiled some tips to help keep you cool during your move:
- Try to do most of the heavy lifting in the morning or at night, when temperatures should be lower.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat – not only will both protect you from sunburns, but they help keep your body cooler by shading you from the sun.
- Pick cotton clothes, or other materials that will help keep you cool and wick away sweat. Stick to lighter colors, too, if you’re going to be in the sun.
- Keep lots of cool drinks and ice on hand, either in your fridge or in coolers. Water, juice and sports drinks (Gatorade, PowerAde) are the best choices to prevent dehydration and keep your body temperature within a normal range.
- Create circulation and breezes in your home using fans, but keep in mind that there might be a lot of dust or pet fur flying around as furniture is moved. Keep fans close to the walls, to avoid making trip-hazards out of the cords.
- Take breaks often.
- Isolate one room where you and your family can enjoy air conditioning or cooler temperatures. Try to pick a room with little or no items that need to be moved. Consider setting up folding or camping chairs, or save some pillows to sit on. The basement or even your car are other options for break time.
- Stock up on wearable fans and/or ice wraps if you know you’ll be in the heat for long periods of time.
If you’re moving your entire house, it’s advisable to have your moving company do all the loading. Professional movers, like ours, are used to lifting heavy items and continuously walking in the hot sun, whereas you and your family likely aren’t.