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The summer is the most popular time of the year to move.

With 80% of all moves in the U.S. taking place between April and September, it's important to start planning your summer move as soon as you can. Plus, with the summer heat, moving requires a little more planning than it does at other times of the year.

Here are a few tips to help make moving in the summer a breeze.

 

Use professionals

Professional movers don't just manage the heavy lifting, they also ensure that all of your belongings are packed properly to mitigate any damage during the move. Seek the help of professional movers for your summer move that are used to combating the heat. Use a consolidating site like UnPakt to compare rates and find the mover that's right for you.

 

Prepare for the heat

During a summer move, be sure to dress in lightweight, breathable clothing. Activewear made of nylon or polyester are great choices, as these fabrics help absorb sweat to make you much more comfortable when moving in the heat. Clothing with light colors also helps you beat the heat by reflecting sunlight.

Being prepared also means having plenty of water to drink. On a normal day, our bodies need around eight glasses of water to stay hydrated. During a summer move, that number will go up significantly. Bring adequate water to keep you and your helpers hydrated throughout the day. Apply sunscreen and wear a hat to protect your skin from the sun. 

 

Be careful with heat-sensitive items

Certain items just won't do well in the back of a hot moving truck. These things include candles, media discs, electronics, perishable foods and plants. These heat-sensitive items should be packed separately and brought to your new apartment in your car. If you don't drive, make sure that these items are put into the moving truck last, and removed first.