I have been MIA for awhile preparing for a move from good ol’ Utah to the San Francisco Bay area. My genius husband was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Stanford-Palo Alto University consortium graduate school program. I could not be more proud of him and excited for this new chapter in our lives. So in August of 2013 we loaded up in a truck and headed to Cali.
Here are some things that I learned along the way.
- If we hadn’t touched it in two years I donated
- If I couldn’t remember the last time I wore it I donated
- Books that just didn’t make my list of keepers…you guessed it I donated
- Quote out different moving companies. I highly recommend Penske.
- Create an excel spreadsheet to inventory books, movies, and music
- Take it a room at a time packing up all but the essentials
- Collect as many newspapers as possible from family and friends
- If you say pretty please the local furniture store is a good source for free boxes
- Pack an overnight bags so the things you need to make it through don’t get packed
- Sign medical record releases.
- Change address with the Post Office
- Give your bank a heads up that you are moving. Most will put your new info in the system.
- For those moving in late August I recommend setting up an appointment to have a technician install the satellite in advance. So you don’t have a grumpy husband, cough MATT cough cough, about to miss NFL season openers because it will be a week before they can fit us in.
- Put your spices in the crock pot
- Save the boxes for your nice appliances. It was heavenly not stressing over how my precious kitchen gadgets were faring in that truck
- We put all of our art in the car we were towing and we cushioned it with all of our clothes. 2 birds 1 stone.
- Avoid buying expensive packing material wadded up newspaper works great
- Puhleaze, cough MATT cough cough, label the boxes with the specific contents and room that they are destined for
- Use towels and blankets to protect tables and couches
- Utilize your space leave no piece of luggage or drawer unfilled. Luggage is really handy for all dem shoes!
Moving with a dog
- Sign a medical record release form with your current veterinarian
- If vaccinations are due ask if you can get this done before the move so it is in a familiar environment. Our vet was willing to give Titan his shots two weeks early.
- Update tags
- Update microchip information
- Check state laws to see if a health certificate is required
- Keep an overnight bag ready with leash, food, favorite toys, etc
- You know your dog best. Moving is stressful your dog will pick up on that. If your animal is sensitive do everyone a favor and keep your pup in a back room or kennel where there is less stimulation. Titan was in his element supervising the move and would have crawled out a window if I attempted to isolate him.
- Taking advice from our vet we restricted (NOT eliminated) Titan’s water intake 12 hours before rolling out
- I know it is tempting to immediately unpack once you have arrived but take an hour to take your dog on a walk. For dogs unused to super long car rides pit stops at gas stations are just too stimulating to go to the bathroom on command so over the trip there can be some back up. A long walk once you arrive allows your pup to get the system moving again.