It’s no secret that moving is an exciting time for people. New lives, new jobs, and many other reasons make moving a worthwhile endeavor. 

However, relocating can also be a stressful time. Between figuring out how many boxes you need, keeping track of when to cut off services, packing, loading, lifting, and determining which residential movers to hire—moving is a lot of work. With so many things going on at once, it’s probably not too hard to imagine why our pets might feel the stress of a move just as much as we do.

At Reliable Van & Storage, we’re dedicated to providing top-notch relocation services for all kinds of moving projects, from household to commercial moves, and more. With over 86 years of experience as professional movers, we’ve learned plenty of tips and tricks for making relocation a breeze. In this article, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to make moving easier on your pets and on you. 

A Simple Checklist for Moving with Your Pet

The relationship between owner and pet is a strong bond. Like any dog or cat owner will tell you, their pets have distinct and unique personalities—which is why there is no one size fits all magic solution to moving with your pet. 

That being said, here are some of the best tips we’ve found that will make moving easier on them (and on you):

  • Overnight Pet Kits: Most large moves will require overnight travel to complete. If that applies to your move, then it’s best to pack a pet kit for your companion. The kit should include food, toys, snacks, grooming tools, leashes, and anything else needed to keep your pets comfortable on the road as well as when you arrive at your new home.

  • Vet Visits: Unless you’re just moving across town, it’s important to update your vet on the move. With enough time, they can gather up the records and medications for your pet, which will help get your pet settled in the new town.

  • Set Up a Chill Zone: The move itself has to happen no matter what. However, the last thing you need is your pets underfoot or stressing out from all of the action. Whether you pack everything yourself or take advantage of packing options available with your residential movers, the key is to keep the pets in a separate and secure area. 

  • Keep Them Close: Sometimes, it’s inevitable that your pets will need to be separated from you during transportation to the new home. However, try and bring your pets with you in your car if possible. Keeping them with you during the move will help them to feel at ease and more comfortable with the entire ordeal.

  • Safety First: If you do take them with you, make sure the car situation is safe and comfortable for everyone involved. Some pets may need to be in a carrier with a blanket over it so they can’t see the environment changing. Others may want to ride in the seat and be your road trip buddy. You know your pet best so make your move accordingly. Just make sure they get plenty of breaks along the way.

  • Professional Moving Services: One final piece of advice we have to offer is to work with professional residential movers to organize and execute a truly stress-free moving experience. While they aren’t likely to be able to transport your pet, reliable movers will offer full-service options designed to facilitate an easier experience for you and your pets.

Superior Moving Solutions from Full-Service New Jersey Movers

After all, the more time you spend with your pet during the moving process, the more likely they are to remain calm and happy. Professional movers can help you devote more time to your furry, four-legged or feathered friends while helping you to experience a stress-free, hassle-free, enjoyable moving experience. 

At Reliable Van & Storage, we’re ready to make your next move a success with full-service moving and storage services at affordable prices. For more details on planning your next move with us or to schedule a free, in-home pricing estimate, fill out our online form or give us a call now.