Last Updated on August 15, 2019 by Kari-Ann Ryan

The unforeseen on moving day can steer you off course in a jiffy. A sharp end of a coffee table easily pierces the bare skin on your knees; a shattered lamp prompts your feet into dance to avoid the broken glass; or, a collision with a corner of a box is likely to jab you the wrong way. Scenarios like these can lead to hazardous outcomes. Expect the unexpected on moving day. Dot your I’s. Cross your T’s. Adequate preparation includes selecting the right gear.

When shifting homes, sporting the most appropriate apparel for the demanding moving job helps move the process along smoothly. You will unlikely be a trendsetter for the day, but you’ll rest on your fancy laurels once the move is complete. So here’s what to wear on moving day.

  1. Dress in comfortable shoes
  2. Layer up (if it’s cold)
  3. Use work gloves
  4. Wear jeans and a breathable t-shirt
  5. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses (if it’s sunny)

Forget Fancy Footwear

A fully enclosed shoe protects your toes from falling boxes and other items that are destined to take a dive at the most unsuspecting moment.

Shoes with good traction go a long way in preventing a slip. You may not be too happy when the box full of crystal wine glasses takes a giant leap five feet into the air after a sudden slip on a folded cardboard box that was not there a second ago. When shuffling your property, anything may surface at any inopportune time.

Sandals are a no-go when struggling with huge boxes. Easily slipped off, sandals and flip flops are two examples of the most unsuitable footwear for moving furniture and boxes. The open-toed nature of sandals and heels leave your feet vulnerable to fallen items. You may also expect a few blisters, soreness, or scrapes.

Instead, get to the challenging business of moving with the aid of close-toed shoes that offer good treads, like athletic shoes. Moving heavy boxes is an intense workout, after all. Work boots also provide the ankle support you need for a long day of moving.

Cushion your feet with a pair of fitted socks, too, when you’re electing to sport either your trusty gym shoes or work boots on moving day.

Choose a Simple, Comfy Style

Zip it up, button it up, and tuck it in. Choose close fitting apparel so that your clothing does not have a chance to get caught in anything when you’re moving.

You’ll slack off on moving day if you’re attire is less than comfortable. Rather than worry about sporting a trendy style, give thought to a casual look that feels relaxing. Fitted denim jeans or khakis and a t-shirt suit up just fine on a summer moving day. You’ll focus on the move. Leave the fashion runway for after the move.

Overheating on a summer day can be reduced by wearing breathable clothing. Excess sweating is also prevented with clothing made of a blend of cotton, for instance. Wearing leather or synthetic materials while moving hinder air from nourishing your skin.

Utility jackets and cargo pants offer multiple pockets for a busy moving day. Zip up your keys, cell phone, and wallet safely inside, as you go to and from the house to the moving truck. Prevent loss or misplacement of these necessary items during the frenzy of the move by keeping them securely on your person at all times.

Torn garments and dirtied shirts are an expected result of a move. Before getting a jump start on the multitude of boxes, choose clothing that can take a beating or that you won’t mind getting ruined in the process.

Layer Up

Ideally, the weather forecast, whether it’s rainy, sunny or chilly, will give you an idea of how to dress for moving day. Dressing in layers is optimal. If you’re moving from a chilly locale to a sunny one, you can peel back the layers along the way. The sheer physical effort of moving your possessions will break you into a sweat, which makes dressing in layers a smart choice. Simply remove a zip up jacket or pullover once the sweat beads start forming.

Use Work Gloves

When you’re moving, you’re working. Work gloves are the perfect solution to handling multiple items of all shapes, sizes and materials. A common feature in work gloves is the fully covered palm that will help prevent a box from slipping out of your hands. Coated work gloves also offer extra grip power.

Select work gloves that are made of durable materials, like leather, to make gripping your possessions during the move a snap.

Wear Sunscreen, Hat, and Sunglasses

Most moves take place under the welcoming summer sun. Ultraviolet rays are damaging. Since your attention will be devoted to the move all morning or afternoon, your skin may suffer burns without you even realizing it. Protect your skin from sunburns with applications of SPF sunscreen early in the morning. Shield your eyes with sunglasses. A wide brimmed hat or baseball cap provides additional protection to your scalp when it’s exposed to the sun’s rays.

Work with a Professional Mover

If you want to take the hassle out of moving day, hand over the reins to a professional moving company that will effortlessly handle your move from start to finish. Mid-West Moving & Storage offers convenient, reliable relocation services to easily shift you from one home to your next one! Since 1983, our moving specialists have been moving customers to and from dorms, retirement homes, condos, houses, and apartments.

Mid-West Moving & Storage’s professional movers utilize proven practices that protect your belongings, including fragile items and sensitive documents, during the move. Our team of movers adhere to a detailed moving plan, offer constant communication and stay on track to get you moved on time and within the scope of the budget.

With over years of professional moving experience in the Chicagoland area, Mid-West Moving & Storage offers a free estimate and a dedicated team of moving specialists who are flexible enough to tackle any moving challenges on moving day.

Give us a call at 847.593.7201 or fill out a contact form to get a free estimate on your next move!

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