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How To Adjust to Living in a New Climate
All the mental and financial stress associated with moving can make the process painful. Even with the worries, it’s not hard to be excited. Whether you’re getting a new job, starting married life, or retiring after years of hard work, moving opens new and intriguing doors. There are a lot of changes and adjustments to make, but you’re ready for them. Right? Right. Well, mostly right.
In the midst of the excitement and packing your belongings – have you stopped to consider how to adjust to a change in weather? Of course, if you plan to move only a couple hours away, you have no need to fear. But what about moving across the country or even across the world?
You want to acclimate as easily as you can to new, unfamiliar, or extreme climates. Get prepared with the following list of tips and tricks on how to adjust to moving from a hotter climate to a colder climate and vice versa.
From Hot to Cold
1. Gear Up
Do you plan to move from the absurdly perfect temperatures of Southern California to a frigid mountain range? You might find a shocking change emotionally and physically.
When you make a move like this, avoid the temptation of buying all your coats, gloves, shoes, and scarves at a beach shop or an outdoor mall. Sure, you might find some stylish jackets, but you probably won’t find what you really need. Instead, wait until after you move to buy warm and cozy clothing.
2. Prep Your Car and Your Driving Skills
One of the most drastic changes to take into account is winter weather’s effect on your car. You may drive in icy rain or whitewashed snowfall, so remember to drive extra carefully. Consider investing in snow tires or even snow chains in case snow and ice cover the roads.
When you move from a warmer area, you might not realize that mornings sometimes require you to scrape ice off your windshield and windows. Plan ahead so you avoid late days at work. In the worst case scenario, your vehicle might get stuck in bad conditions. Remember that you may need to walk or use public transportation during severe winter storms.
From Cold to Hot
1. It’s All About Air Conditioning
If you live in a seasonally mild or consistently cold area, you’ve probably never relied on air conditioning. But if your big move takes you to somewhere like Arizona, get ready to value an AC unit more than ever before. A cool home really acts as an oasis amid scorching heat.
All kinds of AC systems exist-central, split system, window, wall, portable, and more. Find out what approach works best for your new home, and don’t wait to get it installed, especially if your move occurs during the summer. And in order to cut down on potentially costly energy bills, use your home’s natural ventilation to your advantage by opening windows during the nighttime.
2. Eat and Drink Well
You might not think food and water have anything to do with hot temperatures. However, you can adjust more quickly to heat depending on what you do or do not consume. Most importantly, you want to drink plenty of water at consistent intervals. Dehydration presents a threat if you have an active or busy day with temperatures in the 90s or 100s.
Stay away from hot drinks like coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Consuming hot beverages will amplify your body’s internal temperature. Avoid eating anything too spicy as well. You may need to wait on that mouthwatering chili burrito until a cooler evening.
With these simple tips, you can prepare to brave mild or even extreme weather changes in the next chapter of your life. Remember to apply this advice to make your adjustment less jarring and more comfortable. When it comes to making the rest of your move less jarring, contact the team at Wheaton. We’ve got the packing and moving solutions to streamline any move – hot, cold, or in between.