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The boxes are packed, the trucks are loaded, and all that’s left to do is to hit the road. You are in the home stretch to finishing your long-distance move; there is just one more obstacle, the travel. There are countless variables that could occur during your trip that could hinder your travel time, finances, and even safety. We are going to take a look at some of the ways you can try and stay ahead of the curve if something were to derail your travel.

Preparing for Emergencies           

When traveling on the road, you can never be too sure about what lies ahead on your trip. The longer you are on the road, the chances of something bad happening only increase the longer you are on the road. Whether it is a minor accident or a blown tire, you must be prepared for such events. Always travel with an emergency road kit that will keep you safe; it should contain road flares, a first aid kit, and other similar items you need to use. If you are using an older model car, consider subscribing to a roadside service, such as AAA, to assist you if you break down. 

Always carry a portable phone charger with you, and always download your maps on your GPS in case you lose signal on the road.

Planning Ahead Based on Fuel Costs

With gas prices at an all-time high, a long-distance move will add hundreds of dollars to your travel expenses, and if you are driving your own moving truck, the price will only increase from there. Plan for this obstacle by setting aside a budget beforehand and try to save as much extra money as possible. 

A good tip would be to find an app for your phone that can show you where the cheapest gas prices are.  

Plan Ahead, Know What to Do if Damages Happen During Your Move

When you first start packing, you should pay close attention to how you are doing it. When not appropriately packed, glassware and other fragile items will not survive the long travel. Make sure that you use proper boxes for the occasion; there are specific boxes that you can use for your dishes and glassware. Take advantage of packing paper and bubble wrap for the interior of your boxes for added protection. The safest bet would be to hire a professional moving company, like Behrens Moving Company. 

They are trained and have the experience to ensure everything is packed correctly. Always look into any compensation options that moving companies offer to cover any damages that might occur.

Have a Backup Plan for Unexpected Delays

If you are traveling separately from your personal belongings because you used a moving company, there are a few things that you need to keep in your car with you. There are times when trucks get delayed and don’t arrive at the scheduled time, and you need to be prepared for such an occasion. 

Keep a suitcase packed with a few days’ worth of clothes with you. Kitchen necessities, such as a few pots and pans, plates, and a few pieces of silverware so you can cook meals. 

Another must is an air mattress; that way, if you are going to be a few days before the moving truck gets there, you have a place to sleep. You could also try and budget for hotels and restaurants until the moving truck arrives.

Schedule Your Long-Distance Move with Us

If you have a long-distance move in the near future, then call Behrens Moving Company to assist you. We can help alleviate all the stress that moving brings. Our residential movers will ensure that your move will go smoothly. With Behrens, our long-distance movers can handle all of your packing and driving needs with our full-service option; that way, you won’t have to lift a finger. Call us today to get your free long-distance moving quote.