Moving can be a hassle. It can be a stressful undertaking even without kids or pets. When you add children and/or pets into the mix, however, moving can become even more stressful. This is true even if you’re just moving across town, but it’s especially true if you’re moving cross country. Here are five common sense tips for a stress free move with kids and pets.
1. Plan Ahead. If you’re moving all the way across the country, take the opportunity to create some lasting memories for your family. By turning your move into a memorable road trip, you will not only take the stress out of moving, but you will also give your kids something to talk about for years to come. If possible, take plenty of time driving across country. That way, you can stop along the way to see the sites and take some great family photos to hang in your new home.
2. Keep Them Out Of The Way. Moving day can be stressful, and this is especially true if your kids and your pets keep getting under the movers’ feet. So keep them out of the way, and out of harm’s way, while the movers are loading the truck. Consider crating your pets and send the kids to a neighbor’s house or on an outing with a family member while the movers are loading the truck.
3. Put Together A Moving Day Survival Kit. Consider everything you will still need once all your stuff is packed away on the moving truck. Don’t forget toothbrushes, toothpaste, a change of clothes, necessary medications, snacks, pet food and treats, a leash, food and water dishes, pet carriers, and a variety of easily portable toys, books, and games for the kids.
4. Keep Them Occupied. If your kids are involved in the move, they won’t have the opportunity to stress out or act out. By making them feel included in the moving process, you will give them something productive to do and keep them from mischief making. So let them help you pack boxes or check items off of your moving to-do list. When the kids feel included, the move may seem less daunting to them.
5. Choose The Best Manner Of Pet Transport For Your Situation. If your dog loves car rides, then s/he’ll enjoy the move. If your dog is terrified of the car, however, consider shipping them across country. This is something that reputable breeders often do when shipping pets across country, and it can save for car-fearing dog from a long stressful trip.
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