Moving with Kids in Tow – How to Avoid Moving-Day Blues

Moving with Kids in Tow – How to Avoid Moving-Day Blues

Moving was hard during your college years, but with kids in tow? That comes with challenges that many a parent would wish away if they could. With a million details to see to, is it unrealistic to hope for a scream-free moving day?

 

Some savvy parents have suggested sending your kids to be with relatives during the height of your move. But not everyone has relatives close enough or capable of pulling babysitting duty. If you fall in that category, Mom and Dad, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a battle plan to get you through the chaos of a move without losing your cool.

  1. Breaking the news.

 

Properly preparing your kids can be the difference in helping them cope and experience an easier transition. How far in advance should you break the news? From 3-4 weeks will give you both time and space to deal with the emotional fallout well enough in advance of moving day.

 

Fear of the unknown is a common trouble for adults and kids alike. The way to help alleviate this type of anxiety is by providing as much information as you can. Pull up maps of your new area. Research restaurants, shops, parks, the new school, and other points of interest.

 

  1. Hire professionals.

 

Gone are the days when all your belongings could fit in the back trunk of your Volvo. Neither should you try. Professional movers can ease much of the stress associated with moving and allow you to deal with the finer points that only you can take care of. According to this Beverly Hills moving company, “You also want movers with lots of experience who will show you how to pack and then come to your home and move all of your items fast and without any breakage problems. The right movers can make all the difference.”

 

  1. Scheduling it right.

 

Even with professional movers hired for moving day, you’re still the mastermind who has to make all the pieces come together. Take a hint from successful people from all walks of life – scheduling tasks is the way to go.

 

As far as 4 weeks out, start a schedule as to what needs to be done each week prior to your move. And then create and schedule tasks for after the move. Having a master schedule that everyone in the family can see and refer to, and add to as needed, will keep everyone on the same page and minimize conflicts.

  1. Pack one overnight bag per child.

 

It’s a rare move where something doesn’t go missing at some point. Even with the most organized mover at the helm, chances are high that you’ll have a child or two complain about not being able to find some item. They need it immediately and can’t live another moment without it.

A week prior to moving day, start up a list of what should go into your kid’s overnight bag. Even with children old enough to get a bag like this ready, double check the contents just in case. Essentials include personal entertainment devices, snacks, PJs, their toothbrush, etc.

  1. Have a fail-proof meal plan for feeding the team.

Moving blues have been known to come to a breaking point amid the chaos and uncertainty of a new place. Tempers can flare when dinners are pushed back because you can’t find the box the plates were packed in. No one is in a sane frame of mind when stomachs are growling. With so much going on to set up your home, you might not be up for cooking full on meals for a couple of days after you arrive. Cut yourself some slack and have takeout numbers ready. Or find a family-friendly restaurant to eat out at. Having a solid plan of what you’ll do for food for the first couple of days will spare you a good number of meltdowns – we promise.

Top 4 Tips To Prepare For Your Very First RV Family Trip

Top 4 Tips To Prepare For Your Very First RV Family Trip

 

Going on an RV road or camping trip is one of the best ways you can forge long lasting memories and have enjoyable unforgettable experiences. You get to temporarily put the stresses of your day-to-day life and  explore entirely new areas of the country that you had always wanted to see.

 

That being said, going on an RV trip is more than just renting an RV and driving out to places unknown. You have to carefully plan out the trip from which specific type of RV you’ll be using to what you’ll be bringing and more.

 

Here are the top four tips to prepare for your very first RV family trip:

 

Pick Your RV Carefully

 

Regardless of whether you are renting or buying an RV, you should choose your model carefully. There are many different factors that you must take into consideration, but perhaps the most important factor is the amount of space the RV has.

 

There must be enough space in your RV for each family member to have their own personal space, as well as enough space for eating and sleeping. If you have a larger family, then this will necessitate you buying or renting a larger RV, which will be more expensive.

 

Determine What Amenities You Need and Want

 

Before purchasing or renting an RV, make a checklist of the basic amenities you would like your RV to have (or need it to have) and then try and select an RV that comes with as many of those amenities as possible.

 

Examples of amenities that would be necessary to have in your RV include running water, sewage equipment, and a cooking station with an refrigerator and microwave.

 

Examples of amenities, or perhaps more appropriately luxuries, which would be nice to have would include an oven, a cooking stove, a hideaway bed, emergency survival equipment (radios, first aid equipment, space blankets, ponchos, etc.), a washing machine, and so on.

 

Have Your Kids Learn Basic Survival Skills

 

Since your RV trip may take you into relatively remote places in the United States away from civilization, it will be important for each member of your family (and especially your kids) to learn basic survival skills that they can use should they become stranded in a worst case scenario.

 

Examples of basic survival skills that you should all know include how to build a fire (Outdoorsy.com has six separate methods for how you can do so), how to treat basic injuries, how to navigate, and how to build a shelter.

 

Make A Checklist Of Items To Bring With You

 

The next thing for you to do is to make a checklist of everything that you will need to bring on your RV trip.

 

Packing your RV is ultimately just as important as choosing the RV itself. Examples of items you will need to bring include extra clothes, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, personal hygiene items, games and movies, food and water, and medications.

 

Your First RV Family Trip

 

Overall these will be the top four tips for you to follow as you embark on your next RV trip with your family.

 

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