Moving in the Summer Heat

We are entering into the dog days of summer and cities across America are feeling the heat. It also happens to be the time of year when many people are moving into new homes. While summer is the most popular time to move, it can also be physically demanding — especially if there’s a heat wave. If you’re getting ready to move and the weather reports are forecasting soaring temperatures, then follow these important tips.

Start early

One of the best ways to beat the summer heat when you’re moving is to get an early start. Try to schedule your move as early in the morning as possible. Once the clock hits 11 a.m., temperatures will be at their peak and they will stay there for several hours.

Take it slow

Hot summer days are not the best times to be working hard and fast. Although you want to get the move over with as soon as possible, you need to take it slow. Allow for extra time so that you don’t have to rush. Take breaks often – you will need them. Keep an eye on older folks who may react more strongly to the heat.

Stay hydrated

Nothing will sap your energy faster on a hot day than being dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your move. On the day of the move, always have cold water at the ready, and take frequent water breaks. Avoid drinking beverages with caffeine or sugar as they can make you more dehydrated.

Wear the right clothes

On the day of your move, dress in light clothing that is made of a breathable fabric like cotton or linen. Try to avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester or rayon, as they don’t breathe. Choose light colors that will reflect the heat as dark colors will absorb heat and make you hotter. And don’t forget to wear sunglasses and a hat.

Wear sunscreen

Along with wearing the right clothing, you need to also protect your skin from the sun. Make sure to completely cover any exposed skin with sunscreen. Reapply the sunscreen often. Let’s face it – you’re going to be sweating. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30, and apply it before you head outside.

Be careful with certain items

The items that you load into the truck first are going to be in there the longest. Be aware that the inside of the moving truck can get very hot in the summer sun. Don’t pack sensitive items such as electronics or anything that could melt at the beginning of the day.

Use cold towels

Another great way to beat the heat is to have cold towels on hand. Fill a cooler with ice and pack it with washcloths and small towels. Whenever you need some relief, grab a cold towel for around your neck.

Know the signs of trouble

Overdoing it in the summer heat can cause health problems, so know what the symptoms are for heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you are feeling dizzy, weak, nauseated, or confused, take a break. Lie down and take a cold shower if needed.

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Moving in the Summer Heat

Jan Wilcox Odderstol