MOVING IN HOT WEATHER

No one really likes to move in hot weather.  But, most of the time, it can’t be helped.  The best you can do is make sure that you keep your cool as you move into your new home.  Here are some tips from the professionals that will keep you cool and get the job done.

Twelve Things You Can Do:

Stay on top of the weather reports.  If you are planning to move in traditionally hot summer months, start looking at the weather forecast from a reliable source at least a week in advance. Come moving day, you should know what the temperature will be and have a plan.

Get an early start on moving day. From 1pm to 6pm is the hottest part of the day.  So getting an early start will mean that you can avoid working at the hottest time of the day.

Drink plenty of water – do not wait until you are thirsty. On a normal day, the average person will loose a gallon of water due to breathing, urinating and sweating.  So on a hot day – you will loose even more.

Avoid caffeinated drinks – caffeine is a diuretic.  It speeds up the rate of urination, which can leave you dehydrated.  So if you are to drink caffeine, drink it in the morning – but then lay off.

Keep your electrolytes up – Electrolytes are what your cells use to maintain electrical circuits across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses across themselves and to other cells – they are very important to your body and can break down with exertion and heat.  So keep some sports drinks on hand to replenish your electrolytes.

Keep snacks on hand – when you run on empty you begin to loose energy.  So keep small snacks on hand to keep your energy level up.  Moving in hot weather can drain your energy fast – you will need extra calories to meet the demand.

Wear sun screen – as little as twenty minutes of exposure to the sun can cause burns.

Wear loose fitting clothes – allow your body to breath and you’re your sweat evaporate.  Moving in hot weather will raise your core body temperature fast.  The more you sweat and get cooled off, the better.

Wear soft shoes with rubber soles. Moving day is no time to make a fashion statement.  Wear shoes that will be comfortable and protect your feet.

Keep the air conditioning & fans going – you will need a place for your body to cool off and regain some strength.  Keep your house as cool as possible as you clear it out.  Also, get the fans and the air conditioning going as soon as you get to the new place.

Make a cool space inside for kids, pets and seniors – Make sure that you are monitoring those that may be the most vulnerable to heat.  Many times, the signs of heat exhaustion appear after it is too late.  So take preventative measures to ensure your entire family is doing well in the heat.

Protect items that will be vulnerable to the sun: art, paintings, electronics – do not underestimate the damaging power of the sun.  The sun can melt oil paintings and warp electronics.  So keep them in the shade and make them the last things to load and the first to unload.

Pace yourself – make sure you give yourself some room to breathe and keep cool.  If you are going to last all day while moving in hot weather, you need to keep yourself at an even pace.

Moving in hot weather can be done – it just means being smart.

 

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