Your Moving Day Dress Code: What to Wear the Day You Move

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First, wear a smile.

You are moving to a new place with new opportunities and challenges. Moving offers a clean slate even if you are moving under the worst conditions. So, start your move with a smile.

No doubt, it is a lot easier to smile when you are free from anxiety, and quite honestly, the only way to make moving day stress-free is to hire a professional mover. If you hire a pro like Royal Moving, you will definitely be wearing a smile because your worries will evaporate once Royal’s moving crews arrive.

Royal has the proper equipment, big trucks, experienced moving crews, and packing supplies, which all come with one simple flat rate. If you are in one of Royal Moving’s service areas, which are up and down the West Coast from Washington state to San Diego, California, they can help with loading and unloading your belongings, as well as packing and moving. Whatever your moving needs, Royal will supply them.

Whether you are hiring a professional moving company or moving yourself with the help of friends, there is a specific dress code you must follow in order to stay safe and comfortable, even if you are only moving a few boxes.

What Clothing Should I Wear on Moving Day?

The clothing you wear on moving day should involve two important factors: the weather and comfort. On the day of your move, you will want to wear clothing that breathes and whisks away moisture. Moisture creates hotspots caused by rubbing in any season, and in the winter, moisture is a danger because it cools the body to dangerous levels.

Furthermore, snags do occur when moving your possessions, so wear clothing that is secure against your body and dispensable. In other words, to avoid snags that could cause you injury, do not wear super baggy clothing or clothes that have value to you because they could be torn during the move. Furthermore, your clothes should not have loose ends that might catch on things and disrupt your movement.

Pants should be flexible and move with your body. Jeans and shorts that are not tight fitting are your best option. You will need to be able to bend your knees easily when picking up your heavier possessions. For your upper body clothing, layers work well when moving from hot to cool or vice versa. Wear a long- or short-sleeve T-shirt with a pullover sweater or light jacket on cooler days, and remove the sweater or jacket before you start sweating.

What Shoes Should I Wear on Moving Day?

The most important part of your moving-day attire is to wear footwear that completely protects your feet. Do not wear open-toed shoes. Instead, wear shoes that fully enclose your foot to protect against bangs, bumps, and injury from dropped boxes, furniture, or other heavy or sharp possessions. In addition, it is easer to trip when wearing sandals, flip-flops, heals, or other shoes that expose your foot because moving day is full of obstacles, varying surfaces, and slippery spots. There is also the issue of comfort, support, and traction; therefore, shoes like sneakers and boots work best.  

So, slap on a good pair of socks and consider the following when choosing a pair of shoes on moving day:

  • Comfortable and worn-in: Wear shoes that you are not afraid to get dirty and that you have worn often in the past. New shoes will give you blisters and cause other hotspots and discomfort. However, the shoes should also be in good shape with plenty of cushion to avoid shin splints and injury to your foot’s arches or heals.
  • Good traction: Wear shoes that still have a considerable amount of tread on them. The soles of your moving day shoes should be flexible and slip-resistant.
  • Good ankle support: Moving works the ankles in precarious and unnatural ways when moving boxes and furniture up-and-down stairs, curbs, and doorsills. High-top sports shoes, work boots, and hiking boots are designed to give your delicate ankle bones extra support to keep them from giving out when overexerting them.
  • Close-toed: A close-toed shoe is any shoe that covers the toes and keeps them from elements that could cause damage. Steel-toe shoes are your best bet for keeping your toes free from harm because they have a steel protective reinforcement that lies beneath the shoe material and provides a barrier between your precious toes and falling objects or compression of any sort.

Wear Work Gloves on Moving Day

Wearing gloves protects your hands from cuts, scrapes, and blisters when lifting and moving boxes and furniture. They also safeguard fingers from light bumps and pinches against walls and doorframes. Make sure the gloves fit properly because you do not want them to slide off your hand while you are carrying one end of a heavy couch or table.

Be selective in the gloves you choose.  Do not just pull any old pair of gloves out of the closet when moving because you need a set that is thick and can help you keep a good grip on slippery boxes and furniture. Here are some glove options to consider:

  • Leather work gloves: Leather gloves are tough, durable, and provide plenty of protection while moving. Leather gloves made from grain cowhide and pigskin are the most common available, and they protect against most cuts and punctures during the moving process. You have an option between full leather gloves and leather palm gloves, which are more flexible.
  • Canvas work gloves: Canvas gloves work fine for light moving, but do not protect as well as leather gloves.
  • Cotton, Jersey, or fabric gloves: This type of glove is made from a cotton and polyester mix. They breathe better than other types of gloves and provide a good grip, but do not provide as much protection as leather or canvas gloves.

Wear Sun Protection on Moving Day

While most moves occur in the spring and summer months, even fall and winter moves involve sunny days. You might think you have covered your body well enough in the winter, but it is not always the case. It is easy to underestimate the possibility of getting sunburned on a cold day, and snow creates a reflective surface that increases your risk of a burn on any exposed part of your body.

Consider the following options to protect yourself from sunburn while moving:

  • Sunscreen: To avoid sun exposure that could cause a burn, wear sunscreen with a high protective factor over any exposed skin. However, you should not use sunscreen to prolong your time in the sun. Sunscreen is only your first line of defense because damaging sunrays still connect with your skin. Therefore, do not stay out in it for too long. When choosing a sunscreen, read the label and make sure that it protects against long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, which penetrate deep into the dermis, and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which burn the superficial layers of your skin. The sunscreen should also have a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 30 or higher. If you properly wear SPF 30 sunscreen, then 30 minutes in the sun is equivalent to one minute in the sun without any protection. Therefore, theoretically, one hour in the sun with SPF 30 is similar to exposing your naked skin to two minutes in the sun.
  • Hat: A hat with a two- to three-inch brim all around is perfect to protect your skin from the direct sun while moving. Hats of this kind protect eyes, ears, forehead, nose, and scalp from the intensity of direct sunlight. Shade caps work well, too. These hats have a wide brim visor to shade the face, and a neck drape that covers the neck and ears. A baseball cap only protects the front and top of the head, so you need to drape a bandana underneath the hat in order to protect your ears and neck.
  • Sunglasses: An ideal pair of sunglasses blocks 99 percent to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses that are cosmetic only block about 70 percent of UV rays. The shade of the sunglasses is not a factor in determining UV protection. Protection comes from an invisible chemical that is applied to the lenses, so make sure you read the sunglasses label to get a proper pair. Wraparound or large-framed sunglasses work the best.

How Should I Wear My Hair on Moving Day?

Your hair should not get in your way. Whether it is short and falls in your face and over your eyes, or it is long and snags on something, your hair can present a real danger on moving day, so pull it back or wear a hat that keeps your bangs from impeding your vision.

Also, do not wear watches, necklaces, rings, bracelets, hoop or long earring, or any other jewelry. Jewelry hooks easily, which could injure you and destroy your precious items.

What Should I Wear After the Move?

When moving, it is critical to pack an essentials box. What is an essentials box? The first day and night of your move will be a chaotic one with your entire life spread across a dozen, two dozen, or more boxes. Therefore, it is critical to have a box set aside that includes everything you will need on your first day and night at your new house, so that you are not digging through numerous boxes to find the things that you need to survive.

That box should include a change of clothes for every member of the family, and maybe two sets of clothes. Unfortunately, the world does not stop to allow you the time to settle into your new home. Your have to go to work and your kids have to go to school, so your essentials box should prepare you for the first 24-48 hours.

Along with the proper work and school attire, and sleep clothes, your essentials box should include the following items:

  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain
  • Towels for each member of the family
  • Toiletries and hygiene products that include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, etcetera
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medicine
  • A simple meal or two like pasta for supper and donuts for the morning (consider ordering food for the first few days, so that you do not have to pack a pot or pan)
  • Plates, cups, and silverware (consider buying disposable products, so that you do not have to worry about cleaning dishes on your first few days)
  • Garbage bags
  • Coffee machine and coffee
  • Personal devices, laptops, remote controls, and power cords
  • Toolkit for assembling essential items like bed frames and entertainment centers
  • Flashlight and candles for emergencies
  • First-aid kit for minor injuries during the moving process
  • Pet food and dishes
  • Important documents

Don’t Forget to Wear a Smile on Moving Day

Finally, remember that pro moving companies are equipped to keep your possession safe and secure, and they provide their customers with moving insurance. In other words, Royal protects you against any damage that might occur during the transport of your furniture and other possessions.

Furthermore, Royal Moving Co. charges an hourly moving fee, and they do not sneak in hidden costs like many of their competitors. In other words, even if other moving companies charge a similar hourly fee, in the end you will end up paying a lot more because they stick you with stair fees, elevator fees, gas surcharges, packing supplies fees, etc. That is not Royal’s style; everything is included.

Royal’s all-inclusive hourly cost includes anything you need without additional fees, including packing and unpacking and disassembly and reassembly (if you need it), packing supplies, insurance, truck with all gas and miles covered, and taxes included. The average bill to move a 1-bedroom apartment in the same or adjoining zip code is $297.  Using the calculator, a typical move of this size costs $652-$812, so clearly a package like Royal offers is much more affordable.

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