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How to Plan for Your Flight Before Your Long-Distance Move
There is often a lot of enthusiasm surrounding a fresh start in a region entirely different from what you are used to. However, long-distance moves can also bring stress. After all, you’ll need to figure out how to get from point A to B. Many people choose to fly.
To plan a flight for your long-distance move, set time aside to plan carefully. Here are some tips to help you make a smooth long-distance move if you decide to forego driving.
1. Make Sure Flying is the Best Option
You might initially think flying is your best choice, but make sure it’s right. Questions to ask yourself include:
- What is the distance of the move?
- How much do I need to bring on the plane?
- Is the airport near my new home?
- Will I be shipping my car? How much will it cost?
Another important consideration is whether you have children, pets, or family members needing special accommodations. In some cases, having a car to rely on might be better.
2. Give Yourself Ample Planning Time
Without the control of having a car to get you to where you need to go, you’ll be completely reliant upon airlines, private car services, rideshare, or public transportation. Early planning will help you find the best prices and have a backup plan if things go awry.
3. Research Airline Baggage Policies
Most airlines permit individuals to have a carry-on and a personal item (but may charge you for the carry-on). You also may have options to check luggage for a fee, as few airlines permit free checked baggage.
Check with your airline to learn its policies, luggage size, weight, and how many pieces each traveler can bring onto the plane. Next, find out the charges for oversized luggage so you can also plan for that.
4. Downsize Your Load
Get as many non-essential belongings as you can on the truck. This way, you aren’t stuck paying incredible last-minute charges if it turns out your luggage is too heavy. Once you know any potential luggage restrictions, weigh your bags before you get to the airport.
If suitcases are too heavy, you’ll run into problems or be required to pay more. Also, to double-check in the weeks leading up to your flight, re-measure your suitcases to ensure they match the size criteria for the airline you’re flying.
5. Get Creative With Packing
To fit more in your carry-on and checked luggage, it helps to get creative so you can fit more in with less space.
- Be sure to follow TSA guidelines with liquids and the 3-1-1- rule
- Use compression bags to double the amount of clothing you can pack
- Use cube packing strategies for efficiency
If you have a pet, ask the airline what its policies are so you can ensure you abide by its rules while keeping Fido or Fluffy’s welfare a priority. You want to ensure they have a safe flight and that the airline you choose can accommodate them.
Ready to Plan Your Long-Distance Move?
Moving long distances has some extra logistical factors to consider. As you plan your relocation, our professional movers will work closely with you to make sure your move flows timely.
Contact us today for a free quote. Metcalf Moving & Storage is a long-distance moving company you can trust whether you are moving across Minnesota or the country.