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4 Tips on What to Pack For Long Distance Moving Within British Columbia

Posted on February 28, 2018

Long distance moving across BC and Canada comes with its own set of challenges. Make sure you are prepared.

Long distance moving across BC and Canada comes with its own set of challenges. Make sure you are prepared.

You’ve found your dream job, but it’s in northern BC, a two-to-three day drive from your current location. Besides saying goodbye to your home, your neighbourhood, coworkers and friends, you have the unforgiving task of having to pack for long distance moving and then figuring out all that comes along with it.

When packing, think about what you’ll need to take with you and what you can leave for your long distance movers to handle by using these 4 moving tips:


1. Divide and conquer

You’ll obviously want to leave your furniture, large appliances and fragile items for your movers. If you’ve hired both packers and movers, make sure you set aside items to take along in your vehicle for the road trip and to help you get set up in your new home in case you arrive before the moving truck.  

Pack a suitcase with enough clothing for you and your family. Plan for at least two weeks. Don’t forget toiletries, food supplies, water, and a cooler to keep perishables fresh, and pet food if you are moving with a family pet.


2. Plan your route

Once your moving company has packed up your wordly goods, it’s important to know where you’re going, especially when travelling the windy highways of this mountainous Canadian province. Invest in a good map and/or guide and don’t just rely on your GPS device to find the fastest route, as some roads —and ferries— can be closed in winter. There may also be a few sights you want to see along your journey.

A GPS comes in handy when looking for:

  • Gas stations
  • Restaurants
  • Accommodation

It’s also not a bad idea to pre-book accommodation, especially in the summer and winter months if you plan to stop in any resort communities, as rooms can fill up.


3. Be prepared for any emergencies

Think like a long-haul truck driver when you pack for your long distance move by preparing for any kind of road trip emergency. Inform a relative or close family friend about your travel plans and which route you plan to take.

And make sure to pack:

  • A car emergency kit
  • Spare tire and jack
  • CAA or other automobile club membership
  • Blankets and pillows in case highways are blocked or you need to make an emergency rest stop
  • Car charger for your phone


4. Have phone numbers and addresses handy

It can be easy to forget the most basic things when making a long distance move.

When booking long distance movers in Canada, not only will you need their contact information, you’ll need to provide them with your new address.

If you’re moving into a rental, make sure that the landlord has left you his/her phone number and a way to get a key. The same goes for when you have bought your home. Make sure you have the real estate agent’s contact info, so you can give them a better idea of your arrival if any delays occur.


Interested in seeing some Canadian attractions along the way? Read our blog: Long Distance Moving: Road Trip Move.


Are you planning a long distance move within BC? Contact Bekins Kelowna Moving and Storage on how we can help. With six Bekins branches located around BC, we can easily assist you with all your moving needs, including temporary storage in our secure warehouse facility. We also have access to a network of more than 150 moving companies in Canada through our affiliate, United Van Lines.