Summer is in full swing, which means it’s peak time for outdoor fun, but what do you see when you envision the perfect Kansas City summer: flying down the 17-story Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, catching an outdoor concert at Children’s Mercy Park, sampling local food and drink at summer festivals like Boulevardia?

Now what about moving?

Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t make many short lists when it comes to preferred summer activities. With humid summer days that consistently reach 80-90 degrees, it’s vital to consider the weather when planning your move. Walking into your new home after a successful move can be a triumphant experience, but only if you and your loved ones are safe and comfortable during the move.

Don’t let sweltering summer conditions get the best of you; instead beat the heat by following these tips:

Don’t forget the basics Wear loose, breathable fabrics – like cotton and silk – and drink plenty of water before, during, and after your move. The Institute of Medicine recommends between 9 and 13 glasses of water a day to maintain proper hydration, with another 1.5 to 2.5 glasses tacked on if you’re outside for an extended period of time – a notorious staple of moving. It seems obvious but it can be easy to overlook these details, especially if you’re coordinating a cross-country, international, or large-scale office relocation.

Plan ahead It’s crucial to know where you can go to cool off, especially if your new home doesn’t have an AC unit or Central Air. Local coffee shops, restaurants, and parks with shady enclosures can all provide relief from the heat. If your new home does have air conditioning, make sure to contact your electric company and activate your service a day prior to ensure you have a cool indoor space.

Don’t be a hero You’ve almost finished unloading the truck except for few items in the back, but they’re much larger than the boxes you’ve gotten into the rhythm of carrying. Instead of trying to solo a king-sized mattress or overhead press a dense headboard to get through your haul quicker, make sure to ask for lifting help when you need it to avoid overexerting or injuring yourself.

Call in the professionals We all get by with a little help from our friends, and friendly moving assistance is our specialty at Daniel’s Moving & Storage. With dedicated move coordinator support and years of collective experience, we can make completing your move a breeze, and what’s more welcome during the summer than that?

Staying cool during a summer move can seem difficult, but a little planning and ingenuity can go a long way towards ensuring the safety and comfort of you and your loved ones. But if you’re looking for a few more helping hands, give our Kansas City movers a call or fill out our online form to receive a free service quote.