Road Dog (Or Cat): Moving With Your Pets

We love our pets. This is why when we move, we want our pets to be as comfortable as possible when they move with us. Unfortunately, pets often require care that humans over a certain age don’t need. This often leads to stories of pets getting lost, injured, or sick during long moves, or even just the process of moving in. Here are some things you can try to keep your furry babies safe and happy:

Allocate A “Pet Area” At The New Place

I have two dogs: a husky and a corgi. While the husky will settle himself down on the couch after it’s put in, the corgi tends to get underfoot during the moves. I dealt with this by getting one of those collapsible playpen wall setups you can place on the floor for toddlers. This makes sure the corgi stays in his own spot, but has space to run around so he doesn’t have to stay in his carrier.

Make Sure You Have A Lot Of Water And Snacks

This is especially true during the recent summers we’ve been having, or if you’re moving from a cooler place to a hotter area. You and your fuzzy friend can end up getting dehydrated, especially in the hectic rush that often accompanies moving in. The usual amount of water you’re used to may not be enough for both of you.

Be Patient

This is especially true for pets that are making long moves for the first time. They may get stressed and end up pooping or peeing inside the house, or even in the car. At this point, it’s important to remember that your pet may be scared or overwhelmed by the new environment. Fortunately, this is more common with small pets as the larger ones are usually more relaxed.

How do you travel with your pets? Is there a specific family member assigned to pet duty?

Survivor, The Home Game: Cutting Back Before Moving

Before I finally moved out to my own apartment, my family had actually finally settled in one place for around 6 years. Over those 6 years, I had managed to accumulate quite a lot of junk I constantly promised my mom I’d sort through to see what I could donate or toss out. These promises never really happened over those years until I had to pack to prepare to move to my first apartment.

It was then that I realized that not only would a lot of the stuff I had get damaged if I packed all my stuff to fit in my pickup, but also that not all my stuff would fit into my tiny apartment. This is when I realized that using a move to help you get rid of or find new homes for your old junk was actually something that should be a habit. Here are the criteria I use to determine if something moves with me or goes:

When Did I Last Use This?

If I haven’t used or looked for in order TO use something in the past month, then chances are, I don’t need it anymore. If you’ve already replaced it, then cutting it from the move list is a no-brainer.

How Large Is It? How Does It Need To Be Stored?

Unless you’re moving to a larger residence, storage can be an issue. Even then, the quality of storage in the larger residence may not be ideal. For example, some things store well in dry environments, but will rot or rust n humid ones.

Why Do I Have This?

A lot of the time, we keep things for sentimental reasons. Gifts from family members and dear friends who are no longer with us are one thing, but the beer can collection from every bachelor party you attended is something else entirely. While keeping the former is understandable, you may want to consider sending off the latter with a fond farewell.

What criteria do you use to determine if something should be tossed or should stay in the home? Let us know!

Quick Fix: Things To Make Sure You Have Quick Access To When Moving

I remember one of the first big moves my family made as a kid. It wasn’t the family’s first move, but it was one of the earlier ones. We had travelled across 2 state lines to get to our new house and I was rather carsick. Being a kid, I didn’t want to bother anyone by telling them I wasn’t feeling too good. Unfortunately, I ended up being a bit of a bother when I got sick all over my shirt instead.

Given that I was the youngest, however, my parents were already used to accidents like that happening. My dad calmly opened up the back of our van, popped open a box right at the front and pulled out a big pack of wet wipes and got me all cleaned up. It was then that I learned that packing wasn’t just loading everything into boxes and packing them away; certain things should ALWAYS be within easy access while moving:

First Aid Kits

First aid kits are a must in any home, whether you have kids or not. They’re also essential on the road. You never know what bumps, scrapes, or illnesses can hit during travel. Make sure that your first aid kit is always accessible no matter where you are on the road. Personally, I have a separate one for the road in addition to the larger home kit.

Wet Wipes / Sanitary Wipes

On longer trips, especially with kids, carsickness accidents, food spills, and the need to bathrooms of questionable cleanliness are inevitable. Having easy access to wipes will make sure that messes get cleaned up before they become a bigger problem, and that you aren’t stressing because you need to find the wipes before heading to the bathrooms!

Snacks And Drinks

Getting hungry on a long trip is inevitable. However, drive-thrus and other pit stops aren’t always available. Sometimes there are pit stops along the way, but you’d rather not stop in order to stay on schedule. Making sure that snacks and drinks are easily accessible lets you stick to that schedule or keep travellers satisfied until an eatery comes into view.

What do you like to keep handy during moving drives?