For most people, moving is never much fun. But moving in bad weather is even less so. Beyond the physical discomfort of having to schlep your stuff around in the wet, cold weather, those belongings also need extra protection from the elements. How can you better ensure that everything makes it while staying warm and dry? Here are a few tips to put into practice. 

1. Invest In Protective Packaging. Skip those free cardboard boxes from your local grocery store and opt for tougher packing choices. Plastic bins and durable packing material will help ensure that nothing gets wet or breaks through moist cardboard during the move. If you must use cardboard boxes, consider buying new ones rather than reusing old ones. 

2. Take Your Time. Try not to rush through the work of packing and preparing before the move. This can result in haphazard packing, underutilizing protective material, and using insufficient containers to get the job done. Instead, brainstorm ways you can prepare for various challenges, including rain or snow on the big day, delays on the road, and goods being moved between containers in bad weather. 

3. Hire Professional Movers. Any time you face unusual moving circumstances, professional help is important. Trained movers can handle inclement weather safely and securely. They use the right equipment to prevent falling or dropping your goods. They'll work quickly in order to get everything out of the rain or snow as soon as possible. And you can work on other protective measures while they manage the work of moving boxes. 

4. Use Climate-Controlled Storage. If traveling long-distance, will your route or storage happen in particularly harsh winter weather? If so, opt for climate-controlled storage and moving options. Many household items — ranging from liquids to wood to musical instruments — should never be subjected to freezing temperatures or water. But since most companies need to keep your stuff together, it's best to choose climate control for the entire bundle. 

5. Prepare On the Other End. What is the weather on the other end of your move? Be prepared to move quickly and safely from truck to home when you arrive. Know the layout of your new house and where you want everything to go. The more organized and labeled your stuff is, the faster it will make it inside. And you should pre-determine the most efficient route between the parking area and your front door. 

If you take the extra time and effort needed to protect your belongings during bad weather, your move will go more smoothly and safely. Want more ideas for inclement weather moving? Start by meeting with a moving company in your area today.