The dog days of summer are upon us! Regardless of the heat, summer is one of the most popular times to move. Whether you’re moving into your first home, into a new apartment, or back to your parent’s for summer break, the sweltering sun can be problematic when it comes to being outside for long periods of time. To ensure you stay protected, our moving experts at StorageMart have provided some summer moving day tips to help you beat the heat this year, including:
- Staying hydrated
- Eating right
- Dressing appropriately
- Wearing sunscreen
- Pacing yourself
- Protecting your pets
- Being smart
Summer Moving Day Tips
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The number-one moving day tip when working in the heat is staying properly hydrated. Have water easily accessible to anyone helping with the move. Sports drinks with electrolytes can also help the body replace salts and minerals lost through perspiration. Avoid beverages with alcohol or caffeine, as they will dehydrate the body more quickly. The same goes for foods high in salt.
Smaller meals spaced throughout the day are ideal. Avoid foods high in protein because the body uses more energy to digest them. Go with foods higher in fiber instead.
Loose-fitting, light-colored clothing is the most appropriate attire when spending a long time in the sun and heat. Wearing a hat can also help keep the sun out of your face and eyes. Use sunglasses to block ultraviolet (UV) light from your eyes.
Sunburns aren’t fun, and bad ones can even require a visit to the hospital. Make sure everyone working outside is wearing sunscreen and re-applies throughout the day.
You shouldn’t overexert yourself when moving under any conditions, but you need to be more aware of this in excessive heat. Schedule breaks throughout the day where everyone can get out of the direct sunlight. Use the buddy system among your moving volunteers to ensure everyone has someone keeping an eye on them, looking for any early warning signs of heat exhaustion. These include:
- Excessive perspiration
- Muscle cramps
Running cool water over your skin periodically will also help keep your body temperature down. Keeping a cold, wet rag or washcloth wrapped around your neck is a good way to reduce your body temp.
Protect Your Pets
Remember if it’s too hot outside for humans to be comfortable, it’s even more so for your pets. If animals are part of your move, they should be kept in air-conditioned areas as much as possible. They’ll need access to water during and immediately after transportation. Never leave pets unattended in a vehicle.
Beat the Heat with Summer Moving Day Tips from StorageMart
The main moving day tip when working in hotter temperatures is to be smart. Be aware of the potential dangers the excessive heat can bring to you, your family, your friends, or anyone else helping with your move and act accordingly. Prepare appropriately beforehand, and you’ll be relaxing in your new home before you know it.
To help your summer move stay cool, climate controlled self storage units at StorageMart can provide the extra space you need to take the stress out of your transition. Reserve your unit at a facility near you today for the ultimate convenience this summer.
Updated February 13, 2020