A new climate can bring about significant changes for both you and your new home. Changes in the weather cause changes in your wardrobe, food, cultural environment, and other aspects. There are steps you should take before, during, and after your move to help you and your family feel at ease in unfamiliar temperatures and weather. We’ve got exactly what you need to help you adjust.
A DAY BEFORE THE BIG MOVE
Begin by considering what you no longer require and what you will need in the near future. Make a plan to get rid of the old and replace it with the new.
ORGANIZE MOVING SALE
If you’re not sure if something you own is going to be the right fit for your new home, like a fabric patio furniture set or a window air conditioner, consider selling it before you move. That new snow blower might be your favourite new toy, but if it’s not going to be useful in your new home, sell it to a neighbour. You’ll get more money if you sell it in the frigid climate where it’s most needed. It’s one less thing to pack, and you’ll save money on your move. It’s also a good reason to go shopping for something shiny and new for your new home!
PREPARE TO SHOP
There may be some purchases that you must make the day you move into your new home. Consider having an engine-block heater installed before you move if you’re moving to an area with extreme cold. It will not only start your car on your first day, but it will also prevent your engine from seizing up and causing damage while running errands in your new town. Ensure you have some weather-appropriate garments basics on hand, such as coats, boots, gloves or sandals, sunhats, and sunglasses, so you can feel more at ease in your new neighbourhood the first few days. However, it’s also a good idea to postpone major clothing purchases until after you’ve moved. You’ll usually find a larger selection of climate-friendly items in your new town than in your old one, and the prices may be lower. You’ll be able to see the styles and fashion trends for that area, allowing you to start looking like a local.
GO ONLINE SHOPPING
If you’re more of an online shopper, you may decide to pick out your new wardrobe — as well as some other essentials — ahead of time. Fill your online shopping cart with the clothing and weather essentials you’ll need in your new home a few weeks before the big move. If it’s snowing, have a snow shovel or snow blower, heavy snow boots, deicer, and a sled for the kids on hand. Are we about to enter a heat wave? Your priority may be loose-fitting cotton clothing, bathing suits, a wading pool, and house fans. Keep them in your shopping cart and click the order button when you’re a day away from moving in. That way the items will arrive exactly when you need them, and you won’t have to resort to emergency shopping when you get there! It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
WHAT TO BRING FOR YOUR NEW CLIMATE
It is almost as important how you pack as what you pack. And don’t forget to label it!
Consider how you pack and load your belongings whether you’re driving your family and belongings across country or packing your stuff in a portable storage container to have it shipped to your door.
You’ll need to find a few key items quickly, especially if you’re moving to a colder climate. When you arrive, you must have tools for dealing with snow and ice on hand to clear your driveway and make your sidewalks safe for the movers, your family, and your new neighbours.To ensure easy access to those tools, keep them near the front of the truck or storage container, so they’re among the first things out. Moving to a hot climate? Place fans and air conditioning units in strategic locations so you can plug in and cool down while moving furniture and unpacking boxes. Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent! While the locals may be accustomed to mosquitoes and gnats, they may surprise you when you arrive. Here’s a great natural alternative that’s free of toxins and DEET.
BRING A STARTER PACK FOR THE CLIMATE
Make a bag of essential personal items for yourself, your children, and your pets. Include the items you’ll need as soon as you arrive. What you bring, though, will really depend on where you’re going.
CLIMATES OF COLD AND DRYNESS / HIGH ALTITUDE
Pack gloves, hats, and heavy coats for colder and/or higher-altitude climates. Don’t forget snow boots and a coat for your furry animal friends, too. Consider pocket hand-warmers to aid in the transition, as well as instant hot chocolate to celebrate your new digs. Even though it is cold, it can be quite dry, especially higher up. Remember to bring lots of water and fluids full of electrolytes.
CLIMATES THAT ARE HOT AND DRY
While more obvious than a cold and dry climate, a hot and dry climate can still surprise you with how much water you require. Pack extra in your bag to help you adjust. You should also bring sunglasses, SPF 15+ lotion, and brimmed hats for everyone. Include some small hand-held fans as well as spray bottles. But be warned: you may appear a little touristy!
CLIMATES THAT ARE HOT AND HUMID
Don’t be fooled by the humidity; you’ll still need to bring hydrating fluids and foods for this climate. However, the air will be muggy, and insects are likely.Insect repellent, water-wicking clothing (avoid silk, wool, and polyester), shea butter and tea tree oil (for no-see-ums), and sandals (if that’s your thing!) are all good to have on hand.
Stock up on sunblock; you’ll go through it quickly if you apply it multiple times a day. You should keep a few extra pairs of sunglasses in your car. They’re easy to misplace in the flurry of moving, and you don’t want to be stuck in traffic with the sun in your eyes. Invest in car window shades to keep your car cool after a day of sitting in the hot sun. Note not to leave anything sensitive in the car, including electronics, food, crayons, and makeup! Pro tip: Bring a YETI cooler to keep your drinks cold even if you aren’t in the mood to drink.
After you’ve settled in and gotten to know your new neighbourhood and climate, it’s time to stock up on other items that will come in handy in cold or warm weather.
Consider installing a sunlamp in a few rooms of your home. It will help you get through the winter blues and provide you with much-needed vitamin D. Make sure your car’s emergency kit is winterized by including a warm blanket, tire chains (if permitted in your state), and a shovel in case you get stuck in the snow. Taking your child from the house to the car? A car seat carrier cover will shield them from the wind and cold. Finally, remember how we mentioned sunscreen? Use it in cold climates as well, even if the sun isn’t as harsh. The UVB rays are weaker all year, but the cancer-causing UVA rays are just as strong! It may take a few weeks to learn about the new things you’ll need to adjust to your new climate, but if you plan your shopping and packing properly, you’ll be well on your way to embracing your new home and the weather that comes with it! Be sure to check out our moving checklist too!