There’s a reason why you’re expected to tip movers moving is strenuous, demanding work! But if you’re intending to take on a move yourself, there are things you can do to prepare your body for hauling all those boxes on and off the truck. Here are some tips to help ensure your health and safety on moving day.
Avoid loading too much in one box. It can be tempting to stuff as much into a box as possible (especially if you’re paying for boxes). But with books, for example, the weight can really add up. As you’re packing, periodically lift a box to make sure it can still comfortably BE lifted.
Rent or borrow a dolly. Rent dollies or hand trucks from your moving truck provider, local home-improvement store, or perhaps from your apartment community. These important tools will spare you a lot of lifting and help you move heavy things around much more easily.
Protect your back!
- Squatting, rather than bending over, to pick up heavy items
- Keeping weight close to your body with your feet apart
- Avoiding having to jerk, twist, or move suddenly
- Turning with your whole body, not just at the waist, while holding something heavy
- Depending on how much lifting you expect to do, you might also want to wear a back brace on moving day for added support.
Stay hydrated. One of your best pre-move buys might be a case of bottled water or sports drinks. While you might not have any trouble following this advice in the summer, it also applies to colder weather, when you’ll be sweating underneath your warm clothes. Also, have energy bars or other high-protein snacks on hand for a pick-me-up between meals.
Pace yourself and take breaks. This is easier, obviously, if you have plenty of time to allot for the move, but if you’re pressed for time, you still want to make sure to catch your breath now and then. If you have friends helping, it might make sense to stagger their arrivals, rather than have everyone on the scene all day. Latecomers can join in while they’re fresh, while people who were working in the morning can take a break. Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe, non-skid shoes. If it’s been raining and the ground is slippery, you may need to lay down non-slip mats to help keep sure footing.
Have first-aid equipment on hand, namely bandages, antibiotic ointment to treat cuts, antiseptic towelettes or wipes, and a cold pack. Make sure you know the Signs of heatstroke, and ensure your cell phone has a full battery, in case you need to make an emergency call.