7 Tips For Moving To A Different Climate

Posted by on Oct 2 | 2017

Moving To A Different Climate

If you’re moving to a different climate, you might not have analyzed every little detail – beyond altering your wardrobe and preparing for your professional endeavours. However, moving to a different climate requires that you take care of other logistical items before you even move, from household items to health checks, not to mention the precautions that you should take once you arrive. Here are some tips:

  1. Do Your Research

    It is important to understand the climate that is specific to the particular place you’re relocating to and to take necessary precautions based on your research. If you’re moving to a smoggy country like China, for example, where pollution levels are high, it is going to be important to monitor the air quality index and avoid staying outside for long periods at a time when the air quality is particularly poor. Respiratory symptoms such as burning eyes and chest tightness can develop even in otherwise healthy individuals. If your new climate has a lot of rainy, gray days, you may experience seasonal affective disorder.

    Some places have very high humidity levels, which can cause skin issues in some individuals and cause indoor mold to grow. It is important to be aware of the climate conditions so that you can be better equipped to handle those changes either before or when you arrive. In the case of high humidity, for example, you will want to invest in a dehumidifier for your home. In environments with a lot of rain, you may need to get a sump pump. In short, preparation is always key when it comes to moving to a different climate.

  2. Take Appropriate Health Measures

    In climates that are a lot hotter than what you’re used to, it can be easy to overestimate the powerful effects of the sun, especially if you’re located near the equator. The sun is so powerful that you can get second-degree burns if you’re not careful. For warmer climates, it will be important to protect your skin, stay hydrated and stay out of the sun as much as possible during the times where the sun is most powerful (typically, this is between noon and three).

  3. Pack and Prepare Accordingly

    If you are moving to a place with a different climate, clothing will typically be the first thing you think of when packing. But there will be other things you will need to think about, too, such as your car. If you’re moving during the snowy season, think about snow tires or snow chains. Again, in the future you might have to also think about snow blowers, for example.

  4. Reach Out to Other Expats and/or Locals

    If anyone is going to be a great resource, it will be the locals and other expats who live in the country themselves and can tell you first-hand what to expect. Typically, it will be difficult to get in contact with the locals, but there are plenty of online forums like Reddit where you can ask questions related to what it’s like to live in a particular country and you will get responses from people to actually live there. There are also many Facebook groups that are designed for expats living in a particular country. You can find these groups and then ask your question there. Guaranteed the expats will be more than happy to give you even more tips.

  5. Get a Health Check Before You Leave

    If you have an existing health condition, like asthma, it is important to visit your doctor before moving and inform him or her of your move. Your doctor will be able to make specific recommendations for you. You should also schedule health checks for your children and any family pets. Animals, for example, are just as likely to endure skin issues and other health problems due to a change in climate as humans are.

  6. Prepare Mentally

    Moving to a new country may require that you make certain lifestyle adjustments. You may not be able to run all-year-long or you might have to give up your ski pass in the winter months. Whatever the case may be, it is important to prepare yourself for any lifestyle changes that could result from your new climate. This is especially true for children as well.

  7. Consider Putting Some Items In A Storage Unit

    International movers will tell you that your relocation is going to involve a lot of downsizing – you can’t take everything with you. For items that you don’t need to take with you, but that you still want to keep (for example, this could be anything from artwork to family heirlooms to documents), consider putting those items in a long-term storage unit so that they remain protected while you’re away or until you can make plans to move these items permanently to your new location.

Doing your research and being prepared is key when moving. If you are relocating, consider Armstrong Moving, leading international movers. Armstrong Moving is a premier, professional moving company that will take care of all aspects of your move with flawless execution. We also offer climate-controlled household goods storage. Contact us today for more information.

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