Long Distance Moving Tips

Helpful advice for moving long distance 

Moving to a new state or across the country can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re prepared with a good moving plan, it’s possible to relocate without a hitch. It also helps to have a reputable moving service like U-Pack®. We’re a long-distance DIY mover that’s been around for over 25 years, and our moving experts have compiled the best tips to help you get going. 

Family running into their new home carrying boxes after completing a long distance move.


Top 10 tips for moving long distance 

It isn’t easy to have a good move without a plan. Here are 10 tips to make your long-distance move successful: 

1. Make arrangements early

Last-minute moving can cause more stress and even cost more money, so it’s best to plan as soon as you know you’re moving. By planning ahead, you can set yourself up for the smoothest transition and have a better chance of securing the moving service you want at the best price.

2. Follow a moving checklist

Use U-Pack’s moving checklist to get started, or make one of your own. Just list everything you need to do before and after your move to help keep organized and stay on track.

3. Use a reputable moving service

Read reviews to make sure you hire a trustworthy company. Look at business review sites like the Better Business Bureau and ask friends and family for recommendations. 

4. Compare moving quotes

To get the best price and value, comparing quotes from different companies is a good idea. Just make sure you know what’s included in the estimates and plan for any added expenses like fuel or liability coverage.

5. Take time to downsize belongings 

Moving is a great time to declutter and get rid of anything you don't need or use. Going through your things now will make packing and moving easier, and it could save you money on transportation costs if you have less stuff to move. 

6. Pack strategically

Use high-quality packing materials and utilize the space in your boxes. It helps to label boxes clearly and color code for each room to make unloading and unpacking easier. Keeping an inventory of items as you pack will also be helpful as you set up your new home. 

Check out U-Pack’s packing tips to move like a pro

7. Keep an essentials box or bag for moving day

Designate a box or bag for important documents, valuables and things you’ll need right away, like medications or pet food. If you’re moving with children, throw in some snacks and activities to keep them busy during travel. Carry these essentials with you during the move so you can access them easily.

8. Update address and transfer services

Don’t put off updating your address or transferring utilities. To ensure seamless service, contact utility companies early to have service started before you move into your new home so you won’t be in the dark or without water. It’s also a good time to officially update your address with credit card companies and the post office. Don’t forget to arrange to transfer important documents like medical, dental, veterinary or school records.

9. Have a moving-day game plan

Being organized and prepared is the best way to ensure a successful moving day. Have snacks and beverages on hand to keep your energy level up while loading (and you can repeat this step for unloading). Arrange for childcare or pet care to keep the little ones and fur babies safe.  

And remember that moving day essentials box from tip 7? Keep it separated from the other boxes so it won’t get loaded into the moving equipment accidentally. 

10. Try to relax

We understand that moving can be stressful. Staying focused on the positive aspects of getting to your new home will help you stay calm. If you’re traveling by car, have contact information for a good roadside service company (just in case), and then sit back and enjoy the ride. 

Bonus tip: Ask for help (especially if you’re moving alone)

Don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help with your move. Family and friends might be able to help with packing, loading or watching children or pets. Hiring professionals to help with cleaning (the old or new place) can free your time to focus on more important tasks like organizing your new space.  

And while U-Pack is a DIY mover, we can refer you to local crews for help loading or unloading the moving equipment. Just let us know when you make your reservation! 

Let U-Pack take the stress out of your long-distance move 

U-Pack is ready to handle your out-of-state move. It’s what we do every day! Get your free online quote or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a knowledgeable moving consultant. If you have questions about U-Pack services, please let us know in the comments. We’re happy to help!