Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am planning to move out-of-state in the next 2-4 months. I've lived in Provo for a while after I graduated BYU, but I feel like it's time to move on to new places (and my job is remote-based anyway so where I live and when I move is entirely up to me).
How do I move a medium-sized amount of stuff across state lines cheaply, safely, and anxiety-free?
I'm lacking on big furniture items (no couch, no bed frame, no kitchen equipment to speak of, etc.) Basically, I have enough worldly possessions for the 10'x11' bedroom I currently live in, and I'm concerned that hiring a moving company would be overkill for the amount of stuff I actually have (especially when some things, like certain IKEA furniture, I'd rather just buy replacements for when I get to my new city). I also have several friends who had terrible experiences with moving companies breaking or just outright losing their stuff.
Additionally, I know that I could rent a small UHaul truck, but I haven't actually driven in literal years. I technically know how to drive correctly, but I am concerned about my ability to make a major moving trip like that (alone).
How have you, writers of the Board, handled your out-of-state moves? Particularly if you posses more stuff than a college student has, but less stuff than a family of 3+.
Moving and shaking
Dear Mover and Shaker,
When I moved out to Florida, I packed everything into a small hatchback, which my mother and I then drove for 45 hours through 6 states. Admittedly I was moving into a furnished apartment, but I did have a few guiding principles regarding what to pack.
The way I looked at the move was from the perspective of a week, a month, and a year. Everything that I knew I would want or need with me in the first week after moving had a space priority, like pillows and clothes. This also included items that would be more trouble than they were worth to replace, like shampoo. Rather than adding to the stress of the move by forcing myself to find a store and buy necessities, I packed them with me. Basically, I packed as though I was going on a one week vacation, and made those items my priority.
Next I considered items I would want/need within a month, like dish soap and plates. I did some research about how much those items would cost to replace, and made my decisions within the frame of an established budget. Pots and pans were packed, but dish soap was added to a list of things to buy upon arrival. Finally, with what remaining space I had, I thought about the possibilities of change within the next year, and packed some memorabilia that I wanted to keep with me.
If you won't be driving, there is also the possibility of shipping your car, though in my experience that tends to be on the pricy side, and you have to trust your belongings to strangers. My actual move from California to Florida only cost about $600, whereas shipping my car would have been closer to $1,000.
I wouldn't recommend driving a long distance by yourself unless you're going to limit yourself to maybe six hours of driving a day. If you're tougher than me I'm sure you could do more, but I get lower back pain, and it gets really tedious staring at the road for so long. If you can invite someone to help you, that's what I would recommend, but otherwise I would spread the trip out as much as you/your budget can allow.
On the actual trip, take time to relax and unwind. Book hotels with hot tubs. Find local entertainment or exceptional dining options. Find ways to enjoy the trip and break up the drudgery. Download podcasts and audiobooks.