Moving With No Forwarding Address

Moving long-distance without a new address?

Moving can be stressful if you don’t know where you’ll live. But not having a forwarding address doesn’t mean you can’t start planning. U-Pack® has more than 25 years of experience in out-of-state moving, and we can help even if all the details aren’t worked out yet.

Woman shrugging her shoulders wondering how to move without a forwarding address.


Book a U-Pack move without a permanent destination

Moving prices can increase when booked at the last minute, and you don’t want to get into a situation where you need to move but can’t find equipment. With U-Pack, it’s easy to make a reservation without the final address. 

  1. Start with our free online quote that takes the basic details: origin and destination cities, approximate date and home size. 
  2. Provide your email address to save your estimate. 
  3. Start your reservation online or call at 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak with one of our moving consultants. 
  4. Provide your credit card number to hold your reservation. There’s no deposit, and if plans change, you can cancel up to 7 days prior to the move with no charge. 
  5. Update the final address with U-Pack before delivery day. If the city or zip code changes, let us know as soon as possible so we can update the quote*.  

*Changing the zip code could result in a price change or an inability to provide service.  

Learn more about how early you should book a move

What else should I do when moving without a forwarding address?

Moving services are only part of relocating — there are other tasks to complete for the move. Use our moving checklist for a step-by-step plan and helpful tips for taking care of everything before and after the move. 

You might also wonder about short-term lodging, receiving mail and finding storage for your belongings. Keep reading to learn more about these important aspects of moving. 

Finding a place to stay

Whether it’s for a few days, weeks or months, you’ll need somewhere to sleep while you search for a new place or wait for move-in day. You could stay with friends or family or if you’re moving for a new job, the employer might offer short-term housing. If those options aren’t available for you, check out our guide for finding temporary housing.

Getting your mail

Once you’re settled, you’ll need to complete a postal change of address. But what should you do to get mail while staying somewhere temporarily? Try one of these four ways:

  • Request general delivery. With this service, the closest USPS® location designated for general delivery will hold mail for 30 days for pick-up in person with a photo I.D. Speak with the postmaster or call 1-800-275-8777. 
  • Rent a P.O. box. A post office box is probably the best way to get letters and packages without a permanent address. Use this guide for getting a P.O. Box in a new city. 
  • Use the address of a friend or family member. If you know someone local, ask to forward mail to their home temporarily. 
  • Take delivery at work. If your employer agrees, have mail delivered to the office while searching for a new place to live. 


Storing your things

You might need to store your belongings while waiting to move into a new place. You could use a local storage unit, but if you’re moving with U-Pack, ReloCubes® can be stored at a local service center for a monthly fee. The pricing for Cube storage varies per location and is often comparable to rent for storage units — only you won’t have the extra work of unloading everything to store it.  

Once you’ve found a place, just give us a call and we can arrange delivery from storage in as soon as 24-48 hours depending on availability. Or choose to unload at the service center for added savings. 

Have more questions?

If you have any questions about planning your out-of-state move, leave a comment below or give us a call at 844-362-5303844-594-3077. For questions about mail forwarding, contact the USPS at 1-800-275-8777.