Moving After Injury or Illness

When you plan to move, you know there might be a lot of activity going on. And sometimes, you can’t be the one doing the activity.

If you’re moving after an injury or a severe illness, you need to take extra care of yourself throughout the process. These tips can help make it easier.

Create Reasonable Limits

Moving tends to make a lot of people very ambitious. That’s especially true during packing and the last few days before the move.

More than anyone else, you need to set reasonable limits that you can follow. You won’t help anyone if you injure yourself or relapse into a worse illness by overdoing it.

Instead, start slow and get a sense of the amount of packing or sorting you can manage. Feel free to scale back if you need to. You’ll still get there if you can keep at it each day.

Set Boundaries With Family and Friends

Family members and friends can be excellent sources of encouragement. But, unfortunately, sometimes that isn’t what you need.

If you live with someone or see them all the time, they might not recognize your limitations. As a result, they may push you beyond your reasonable limits.

That’s great when you’re trying to get a better time on a hiking routine, but not after injury or illness. Learn how to set boundaries and stick to your goals. You’ll be able to protect your energy and strength that way.

Prepare for Your New Home

Moving to a new home when you have a few different requirements is a little more challenging. So first, make a list of things you’ll need. You might even prioritize them into categories of things you can’t do without and things that would work better for you.

For example, you might need a conditioned space with a particular temperature or close access to a bathroom. In addition, you might need a place to store medications you take throughout the day. This area becomes your safe space in the new home.

If you have a rough layout of your safe space, you can plan to outfit it with everything you need. That way, you can arrive at a great place to rest.

Take Extra Time

If you usually push through tasks with boundless energy, it may not be surprising that they take more time now. You’ll be glad you took it.

Packing slowly and carefully makes it easier to avoid injury while moving. That’s even more important when you’re already dealing with illness or injury.

Start your task at a good time when you have good pain management. Take breaks and back off if you start to feel sick or very sore.

Hire Help

Hiring professional movers might be the best solution to a better moving experience. Movers can’t tell you what to keep while you sort, but they can pack it for you. They can also load it, transport it and unload it. Full-service movers can even unpack for you.

People don’t just hire these services because they’re too busy. They do it for convenience, to protect themselves, and to ensure it happens on time. You can, too.

If you’re getting ready to move after injury or illness, you deserve extra care. Call us to find out how we can make your moving experience less stressful.

How to Prepare an Essentials Kit for a Long-Distance Move

Moving day is one that’s filled with excitement and a bit of dread. You’ve probably been working on a lengthy to-do list for weeks or months leading to your move. Our moving experts emphasize the importance of remembering an essentials kit for your next move.

A long-distance move may involve several days on the road. That makes the essentials kit even more important.

The following guide will help you create the perfect essentials kit for a long-distance move.

What Is an Essentials Kit?

An essentials kit is also known as a “survival box.” It includes the items needed to remain comfortable throughout the move, even if you’ll be traveling for several days. 

A complete essentials kit probably won’t fit in a single box, as families with pets and kids will need more items. However, the essentials kit, no matter how large, should always be easy to access.

Essentials Kit Checklist

A perfect moving essentials kit includes everything you need and a few additional items you hopefully don’t need, like first-aid supplies.


Pack basic toiletries for each family member.

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Soaps
  • Contact supplies
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Medications
  • Toilet paper

Food and Kitchen Items

You will want some quick easy to access food items on your moving adventure. Add these to your list to pack:

  • Snacks like granola bars, beef jerky, trail mix
  • Non-perishable meals
  • Water and drinks
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Paper towels

Electronics and Games

Phones and laptops should always be stored safely and easy to access along with their chargers. In addition, tablets and other entertainment items for kids can be essential for long-distance moves.


Pack a change of clothing for each family member for each day you’ll be traveling. This should include pajamas, warm clothing, and even bathing suits if you’ll be stopping at a hotel with a pool. 

Pet Items

Anyone traveling with pets will need enough pet food, water, treats, and toys to keep pets safe and comfortable on the journey. Remember the waste bags too for easy clean-up.

Kids’ Kits

Each kid should be prepared with their own essentials kit. If the child is old enough, pack their stuff in their own backpack. Include electronics and games, clothing, snacks, and toiletries. Properly preparing kids’ essentials kits can save you from major headaches on the journey. 


Moving day is a time to ensure all of your family’s important documents are in one place. Important documents may include the following plus any others that may be specific to your family or home.

  • passports
  • birth certificates
  • social security cards
  • titles
  • registrations 
  • important financial documents
  • moving company contract

A Pen and Paper

While old-school, pen and paper can be especially handy when moving long-distance. You may need to write down directions, contact info, or other essential information while on the go.

We’ll Take Care of the Rest

Make moving a fun adventure. You take care of preparing your essentials kits, and our expert movers will handle the rest.

We’re professionals at making every part of your next move as stress-free as possible, from packing and loading to unloading and unpacking at your destination. Contact us for a free quote today.