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It’s official- I’m a California girl.
Okay, I’ve actually only been here for 5 days…but still! I packed up my things and somehow managed to move across the country. The reason I decided to move was that I received an internship opportunity with The Walt Disney Company *heart eyes emoji* and IM SO EXCITED. Whatever your reason may be, you’ve got a lot of courage and you rock.
Moving is difficult. Whether you’re moving from apartment to apartment, or from coast to coast it can be super stressful and extremely frustrating. I happen to be super lucky since my boyfriend has already been living here for the past year (YAY no more long distance!!).
If you’re looking to move across the country, here are a few tips to make your journey easier– millennial style.
How to Move Across the Country in Your Twenties:
Consider shipping your car.
Driving across the country would have been awesome…if I had someone to go with, and a Jeep that wasn’t from the 90’s…
As much as I hate to say it, it’s just not safe or practical for a 5’2 girl (ok…5’1) girl to drive alone across the country.
I had to get my car here somehow because relying on my boyfriend to drive me across SoCal isn’t an option…he’s a busy guy!
So, I shipped it. I looked up several shipping options and compared prices. It cost me about $1200, which is a relatively decent price to have it go 3,000 miles across the US. The best part about shipping? I packed so much stuff inside. I’ve never flown with a Keurig but I would imagine that’s its super challenging.
Prioritize your belongings.
Decide what you need versus what you can buy. This is crucial since shipping everything you own isn’t financially feasible for millennials…We broke AF.
For example, you can buy shampoo, conditioner, etc. when you arrive. Shipping furniture isn’t the best option either. Usually, you can find cheap furniture on craigslist or sites/apps like Letgo or OfferUp. Prior to your move, consider selling some of your own stuff. Get some extra monie$.
Find a place to live prior to moving.
Like I said I was lucky since I already had a place to go, but if you do have the time/financial resources to fly out and find a place to live before moving, I would totally do it. While looking at reviews is helpful, people sometimes have one negative experience and dwell on it for-ev-er.
If you are moving for a job, talk to your human resources office for corporate housing opportunities, or general recommendations for living. Likewise, if you know someone in the area, ask them!
If you’re flying out, but don’t want to commit to something right away, Airbnb has both short and long-term rentals. You can always stay somewhere for a week+ while you search for your new apartment!
If you click on the link above, or here you can save $40 dollars for your first trip. Hell yeah!
Make a list (check it twice!)
I <3 making lists!!!
Before the big move, make a list of the things you use often. If can be kitchen items, toiletries or home items like baskets for storage. This will come in handy when you are out and about doing your apartment shopping, so you don’t need to make 18 million trips to the same 3 or 4 stores.
Book flights and check baggage.
Not everything was able to fit in my car- like I said, I’ve got a Jeep [Wrangler] and it’s tiny!
I would recommend booking a flight with a major airline like American, United or Delta since they also allow free carry on bags. I stuffed a big duffel bag with even more clothes.
Research ways to save money.
When you move across the country, odds are that the local grocery store of choice is different. The northeast US has Wegmans, The south has Publix. The west? I’ve noticed it’s full of Trader Joe’s and Ralphs. To save money on groceries sign up for rewards programs! Every dollar counts.
For other items like home goods, furniture etc., online shopping is the way to go. It can save you time and money.
If you haven’t already, sign up for an Ebates account. You can get cash back from a ton of stores…like a TON. I earned $15 dollars last month on my big fat check, while my mom earned $75! If you’re gonna be shopping, you might as well get paid to do it!
Like I said, moving is always a challenge, whether it’s moving to a new apartment or moving across the country! I hope that these tips help make your own moving experience a bit more manageable.
Safe travels, good luck, and enjoy you’re new home!