Things to do in the Car During a Long Distance Move

Moving can be a hassle. The expense, the stress, and the long hours spent in the car traveling to your new home can wear on your nerves, and it’s even worse if you have kids who get bored quickly. This is amplified when moving cross country.

With a little planning, you can ensure everyone gets through the ordeal with a great attitude and as little stress as possible.

Here, we’re going to look at several tips you can consider to make the long distance move a better experience for everyone.

Send Out Cards


A fun project to do while on your road trip is to take care of the ‘thank you’ cards you’ll want to send out to all the people who helped you move. If you forgot to get cards, you could pick them up at a drugstore on your trip. When you get to your new destination, you’ll be too busy unpacking, getting situated, and settled in to write. Doing it while on your trip saves you the time later.

Set Up Utilities

Thanks to smartphones and reasonably good data coverage along major highways, you can use your time in the car to get your utilities like gas, electricity, and water up and running so your house is ready when you arrive. Many utility companies need a few days before hooking you up, so the sooner you place the call, the sooner they can have you on the schedule.

Plan Your Budget

Depending on your situation, your move may involve more or less money coming in; either way, the car ride is a great time to assess your finances and your monthly budget and have it ready to implement as soon as you get to your new home. Again, thanks to smartphones and data connections, you can look up the cost of living in your new town and make adjustments to your budget accordingly.

Make a Diary of Your Journey

Adding pictures to your social media timelines chronicling your journey not only takes your mind off the long hours in the car but will be there when you want to look back and remember what you went through to move. If you see a neat landmark or kitschy location, stop and get a quick photo.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

Since you’re going to have a lot of free time on your hands while in the car, it’s a great time to get caught up on your podcast and audiobook listening.

Get Back in Touch with the Family

Getting ready for your move, it’s likely you’ve neglected to talk to your parents or extended family. Use the time on the road to call and catch up. Or, if you have grown children, why not give them a call and see how they’re doing?

The Old 50 Questions Standby

If you just can’t find anything else to occupy your time, there’s always 50 Questions, which can be fun if you’re traveling with kids. Sure, it’s cheesy, but it’s also another way to kill time.

Author’s short bio:

North Dallas Moving and Storage (NDMS) is a moving company in DFW area. Since 1966, their movers in Dallas, TX have focused on providing superior service that has made them one of United Van Lines most respected moving companies in the Dallas area.

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