Tips for Moving To a Different Climate

Tips for Moving To a Different Climate
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    You've spent your life in a Florida swamp but dream of the bright lights of New York.

    Or you've spent your life trudging through Minnesota winters and are dreaming of the bright sunshine of California.

    It's good to dream but even better to take the leap and make them a reality.

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However, a lot more goes into that kind of lifestyle shift than giving up harsh winters or hurricane season.  Our tips for moving to a different climate are here to help you make that shift.

Do Your Research

Chances are you’ve done some research already if you’re planning on moving to a new area. But it’s important to keep in mind that there are many factors that go into climate, and you’ll want to know all of them before moving. 

  • Temperature fluctuations:
    Arizona may be the desert, but it still gets cold at night. Chicago boasts awful winters, but it gets very hot in the summer, too.
  • Extreme weather conditions:
    The Midwest has tornadoes, the southeast has hurricanes, and the west gets earthquakes and sandstorms.
  • Elevation:
    Colorado’s high elevations may take a little while to adjust to compared to moving to Kansas.

Once you have a clear understanding of what you’re getting into, you’ll know how to prepare for your move.

Update Your Wardrobe

If you’re moving from Maine to Louisiana, chances are you won’t end up wearing a lot of your heavy winter clothes. If you’re moving from New Mexico to Seattle, you may not have quite enough outerwear to meet the weather’s demands.

Take the time to go through your wardrobe before leaving, cutting back on clothing you won’t be wearing and adding a few things that you will.

Buy Some Home Essentials 

Your clothes aren’t the only thing you’ll need to update when you move to a different climate. There are things you’ll want to have in your home that you may not have thought of living in your home climate.

For example, when you’re moving to a climate where it gets cold in the winter, you may need to update your bedding with a quilt or duvet and invest in a good snow shovel. If you’re moving to hurricane country, you may want to think about buying stormy weather essentials like a weather kit.

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Monitor Your Health

The combination of different weather conditions and elevation can take a toll on your weather. If your body is not used to certain weather conditions like excessive heat or cold, you may be more prone to getting a cold, the flu, hypothermia, or heat stroke.

Some areas may also have different allergens that may impact you in ways you aren’t aware of. If you’re moving into the mountains, the higher elevation may make you dizzy and sick until your body has time to fully adjust.

Whether you’re migrating north or hitching your wagons west, preparation is everything. And the more prepared you are, the better equipped you’ll be to get the most out of your dream.

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