5 Things Not to do When Moving Across the Country

Hi, guys! Happy New Year’s Eve Smile


(pic from last year’s celebrations – this year I won’t have the hangover Winking smile)

When we last talked, I was still in Normal, packing my life away in a U-haul van.Well, 2 days, 16.5 hours, 5 gas ups, and 8 near-epic fails, and we made it Colorado!


The past few days have been a whirlwind, to say the least. I still need someone to pinch me, because I feel far removed from reality. I know where I am, and know how awesome it feels, but it feels like I’m going to wake up and be back in Normal.

But I’m not. I have a new home now Smile


My view going to the grocery store yesterday. Don’t hate.

We still have a LOT of work to do, but we’re moved into our new place.


The messy living room (don’t mind Shane – he’s working from home and into his work,) which still needs furniture (we’re going shopping today!) and an area rug.


The messy kitchen, which just needs to be cleaned up and decorated.

I have to say, although in the moment, I wasn’t too pleased with my slave-driver husband, I’m now very thankful, because this place is actually starting to look like a home! The bedroom view of the mountains doesn’t hurt either Winking smile

Even the pets are adjusting well.



I can’t wait to try out my new kitchen today. This whole weekend we’ve been exploring the restaurants around us – like a barbeque place down the street:


Mexican last night:



(plus a family feast of a variety of different tacos)

and breakfast at a cute little diner:


And lots of local beers (and margs) Smile



Like I said, I still can’t believe I’m actually here. However, that is certainly NOT to down play the work it took to get where we are.

Let’s go ahead and skip on past the drama of packing, selling a house (that’s still on the market – helloooo two mortgages,) and shoving our lives in a U-Haul van, and just get to the nitty gritty of the actuality of the verb – moving. Shane drove the U-Haul, and I followed along in my car, pets in tow.

I’ll tell you we had a LOT of close calls in those 17 hours. If you ever plan to move across the country, let me help you out by learning from our mistakes Winking smile

5 Things Not to do While Moving Across the Country

#5. When moving pets, make sure they go to the bathroom before they get on the road.


Clarabelle did amazing in her kitty doggy crate. She even only needed a rufi sedative the first day. However, 5 minutes into the trip, she decided it was time to drop the kids off at the sandbox. Lovely for her. Not so lovely for those in the car who had to breathe.

#4. When bringing road food, don’t bring foods that need to be eaten with a fork if you don’t want salmon juice and coconut butter food dribbled down your shirt.

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#3. When gassing up for the 5th and final time, don’t get distracted by your travel companion bringing you water (I was so thirsty!!!) and then happily get in the car and drive away…with the gas pump still in your car.

I so did this. I didn’t even tell Shane until we got to our new place that I did. Thankfully the gas pump just ripped out of my car without any damage to the pump or my car. But that could have been BAD.

#2. Don’t assume you and your husband can do it all (we DID) unless you want to have a 3 hour super intense workout of stair climbing with heavy boxes, sumo deadlifting awkward uhaul boxes, bicep curling said boxes, and 1 rep maxing while pushing a mattress up a long flight of stairs (we did) and have serious DOMS the next two days.

Instead, enlist help. Meet your neighbors, and actually take them up on their offer to help you when they do (we didn’t.)

And the #1 thing never to do when moving cross country IS…

Don’t ever, EVER, even come close to, ever running out of gas in a U-Haul. In pitch black darkness. In a deserted town. In single digit temps. In the middle of Kansas. Ever.


We came thisclose (Shane had 8 miles left on the meter) to doing that. We finally found a gas station at literally the last minute possible and gassed up. And  after a panic induced screaming match over the phone, we had a make out session in the middle of the gas station parking lot we were so darn relieved.

And so our journey continues…


Make sure to enter my Fitmixer Boot Camp entrée giveaway! It ends tonight at midnight.

Also make sure to come back tomorrow (to see if you won, duh) for some awesome specials on my online personal training programs! I’ll be offering some deep discounts, if you’ve been thinking of signing up for a month of training, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet Smile

Have a safe and happy New Year! “See” you tomorrow.

How many states have you lived in?

I’ve lived in three (now:) Iowa (for my first year of existence, Illinois for the past 26 years, and now Colorado.

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  1. Florida: From the age of 0-5
    Ohio: From the age of 5-10 (Lived in 3 different houses over the years)
    Pennsylvania: From the age of 10-18
    Georgia: From the age of 10-23 (current and hoping to move to South Georgia very soon!)

  2. *Georgia: From the age of 18-23

  3. Oh man. We diyed our moved to our house in CO as well. We were supposed to be hiring movers, and then we got to move early and my husband was so excited. I was so sore the next day!!!! I’ve lived in Minnesota (0-18), Iowa (18-23), Dominican Republic (24-27), and now Colorado. :)
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  4. i’m SO glad you made it! and I’m so incredibly happy for you and Shane – this is just the beginning of new blessings for you guys!
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  5. I’m so glad you made it safe and sound!! I have only lived in TN and KY. I love CO though!! I’m just a wee bit jealous. 😉 Happy New Year friend!
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  6. What an adventure!! I have lived in Illinois (Decatur and Champaign), Virginia, Iceland, Illinois, Florida, Illinois and now Florida which we now call home!! Not to mention multiple moves in some of these places

  7. Enjoy your new challenges and best wishes for a happy new year!!

  8. Glad you made it OK! I’ve always said if you can survive a long-distance moving trip, you can survive anything! Our one cat HAS to be sedated and the other one does best without and with a view of the road in front of us haha.

    I lived in WI til I was 18, Minnesota til I was 23, Florida til I was 25 and now NYC… most likely until I’m 28. Then it’s off to Texas forever. :)
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  9. I’m glad you made it!
    I have totally done the gas pump thing. Haha.
    Moving cross country is definitely a lot of work, but it looks like it’s going to be more than worth it for you guys!
    I’ve lived in three states now. Oklahoma, Virginia and DC – although DC isn’t really a state.
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  10. so happy to see you guys made it safe and sound! I hate moving – it’s probably my least favorite things in the world to do. It’s never a successful move until something goes wrong. haha
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  11. Sounds like a good workout! How exciting for you guys – I can’t wait to hear more about how you’re settling in :)

  12. Wowee! I’m so excited for you guys. :) Congratulations on your move and new home! What a fun way to kick off the new year!
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  13. your new place looks great!! I am glad you and Shane made it there in one piece!

  14. Eh..Running out of gas is easy to do in Kansas at that time of night. Happened to us on our way to our ski trip last year, just outside of Goodland at 2 in the morning. Twas quite fun, but made for
    a good story!

  15. hahahahahahahahahaha i love your post gas emergency make-out session hahahahaha that is awesome. YAYYY for being home finally! can’t wait to see all that’s to come this year!!! happy new year lady! xoxo
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  16. I’m in Target waiting for an Rx. I’ve been LOLing at your travel adventure. People think I’m nuts!
    Glad you all made it there safely.
    Happy New Year!!

  17. Congrats on making it to CO! And sorry to say, I’ll always be jealous of that view! I’ve only lived in MO & FL, but we did move our lives for a year to China & that was MAJOR! Happy New Year & enjoy the new adventures!
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  18. We just moved to CO from AZ in October. What part of CO did you move to!?
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  19. That gas thing is a doozy! My dad and I almost did that (with both my car AND the mini van he was driving) but we thankfully made it just in time as well.

    As for the number of states: 4 – IL, MA, NJ, CA (and now IL again)
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  20. Wahoo! I’m glad you made it safe and soundly! I’m so excited for the two of you! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
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  21. Love this. Too funny! So happy you made it safe and sound! Have a happy healthy new year in your new home!
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  22. Woah that sounds like quite and adventure!! We recently moved from Texas to Florida so I can relate to driving half way across the country with a U-haul! Scary Scary! I must admit though, I am pretty jealous of you moving to Colorado. I absolutely adore the mountains. I hope you love your new state!
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  23. OMG!! it has been way too long since I’ve dropped by your blog :) Congrats on your cross country move!! Love Colorado-can’t wait to see more of the new casa.
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  24. Haha.. love you! So glad you guys are safe and sound in CO.

  25. Lol!! I was reading this out loud to my husband. His eyes got REAL big when I told him about the gas pump.
    Just a few tiny bumps in the road, but you MADE it!!! Yay!!
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  26. We learned a lot of the same lessons on our move from WI and our subsequent 1 mile down the road move 9 months later! Nearly ran out of gas in Nebraska, drove with the windows down on a cold night because the cat had business to do…in a house plant, not the litter box and avoided physical activity for days after moving ourselves up 3 flights of stairs! But you made it! :)
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  27. Running out of gas is a REALLY crappy feeling… I’m glad you avoided it. 😉 Welcome to Denver, I’m a native! 😀
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  28. Thanks for the great tips (and laughs) Paige! I always love hearing about people’s cross country moves because there is almost always a good story behind it. I’m glad to here you didn’t get stuck it Kansas. Your new home and background looks beautiful! Take care.
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  30. These tips are great. Trust me as a professional mover I’ve seen some people make some very poor decisions over the years, and you’re not that bad. These tips will definitely help people avoid some potential problems with their move. I plan on sharing this post with my Google+ community full of cross country moving tips and advice. Thanks for the share!

  31. I just moved to CO from IN and should’ve read this BEFORE we left! We had similar experiences with epic packing ourselves for weeks and hauling 2 cats over 2 days. My favorite part was that we thought we were being smart buying an enclosed trailer as an investment instead of renting a U-Haul, but it turned out my fiance’s truck was too small to pull it full, so we left it behind and had to rent a U-Haul anyway. Now, we have one compact car and a sweet 90’s boy scout trailer! Your post reminded me so much of what I just experienced :) I also shared photos of my grocery store drive with my family :) We love CO (3rd state as well) and can’t believe we didn’t move here sooner!

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  38. Thanks for the post! I am readying myself for my next big move, however, i have a lot less stuff so i am praying for some ease. I was borning & raised in Louisiana, then moved to Texas, Now I’m in Massachusetts, and Im hoping to be on my way to Washington State in December. I wish I could leave today, but my wallet needs more time. How soon would you say to send off resumes before a big move? I have a part time job waiting for me, but I need full time work.Is now too soon.I’m feeling antsy.


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