In “Moving in the Winter: Part 1, Safety,” we covered how to stay safe while moving in the winter. This post will cover how to have an enjoyable cold-weather move. I don’t know about you, but I think there is a lot of fun to be had when it’s cold out!
What to wear
I mentioned in “Part 1” about dressing in layers, anti-slip footwear, and gloves. That was more for safety. But, here are some practical and funny moving day accessories you could wear.
- Plaid, faux-fur-lined hat with earflaps. Everyone should own one of these classic pieces of winter “hunter’s” apparel. As Elmer Fudd would say, “Be vewy, vewy quiet. I’m hunting wabbits!”
- Ski mask. Not only will it keep your face warm, it has the bonus of scaring your future neighbors.
- Toe socks. According to the nursery rhyme, each little piggy did their own thing. So, why should they be crammed together in the same toe area of the sock? Give each little piggy a place of their own with this awesome item of footwear.
- Legwarmers. The eighties are back with a vengeance. This extra layer of lower-leg warmth tells people “I’m fashionably keeping my extremities warm and cozy, but I also know all the dance scenes of ‘Footloose’ and ‘Flashdance’ by heart.”
What to eat
Make sure you keep your moving helpers happy by providing them something warm to eat during the mid-move lunch break or post-move celebration. Here are some great recipes that you’ll want to check out. They are perfect for moving day because you can put them in a slow cooker and forget about them during the move. Have some disposable bowls and spoons available and you have an easy portable feast!
What to drink
Make sure you stay hydrated during your move. Though you may not realize how much you are sweating during a winter move, as opposed to summer, you still need to drink lots of fluids. Aside from the staple beverage, water, here are some hot beverages to help stay warm.
- Hot apple cider. This slow cooker apple cider is unbelievably delicious. Put out insulated cups and a ladle and your moving helpers will be refreshed and ready to head back out into the cold in no time.
- Hot chocolate. The easiest way to provide your helpers with hot chocolate is to buy individual packets of hot cocoa and have a carafe of hot water available. But, if you’re feeling a little more creative, try this recipe using chocolate chunks on a stick. Just stir into hot milk and you have a rich and delicious cup of hot cocoa.
- Coffee carafe. Got a morning move? Brew coffee and put it in a carafe. Set out some creamers, packets of hot cocoa, flavor syrups and you have your own mini-coffee shop. Plus, the caffeine will keep everyone going.
What to do
Though moving can be chaotic, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. If there is snow on the ground, make a moving-themed snowman with your excess moving supplies. (Don’t forget to send us the pictures!)
Of course you’ll want to do the classic snowy day activities as well: Snowball fights, snow angels, or sledding/tubing.
And, last but not least, you’ll want to celebrate your successful move with friends and family. Reward yourself with the tasty hot beverages and meals listed above. Start a fire in your brand new fireplace (if you have one), or grab a portable hibachi or grill and have an impromptu cookout—complete with roasted hot dogs and s’mores.
What fun ideas do you have for a cold-weather move? Have any interesting thoughts about moving in the winter? We’re all ears! Share your feedback in the comments section below.