Australians aren’t strangers to the heat, and if you are in Melbourne or Adelaide this Australia Day long-weekend then temperatures exceeding 32°C are to be expected. Moving houses can be stressful enough, so imagine what it will be like when it’s especially hot – this is why you must be prepared.
If you’re reading this article over the long weekend and haven’t enlisted the Allied team yet to manage your move, then here’s some steps you can take to get through the process in one piece:
1. Do the heavy work before 10am and/or after 4pm
The hottest part of the day is always in the middle when the sun is highest in the sky. During this time you don’t want to be doing any heavy lifting and carrying so leave it to the morning or late afternoon.
2. Dress appropriately
When moving homes, a large portion of your time will be spent outside in the heat. Wear loose, breathable clothing of a light colour, avoiding fabrics like polyester or flannel, as these will hold in the perspiration. Consider wearing sports fabrics that are designed to be breathable and for movement. Also, make sure that you are being sun smart! This means wearing sunscreen and hats when you are outside to avoid direct exposure to the sun.
3. Have plenty of cool water available
Staying hydrated is very important. Make sure that you have plenty of access to fresh water throughout your move. A good idea is to plan ahead and freeze a few bottles of water the night before, that way you have cold water on demand, as well as something cold to put on the back of your neck when you get too hot.
Drinking sports drinks will help to replace electrolytes such as sodium and potassium which are lost through sweating, however, it is recommended that these should be drunk in addition to water and not as a replacement.
4. Look out for everyone involved
During hot weather you are at an elevated risk of heat related illness such as dehydration, cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. It’s Important to look out for your friends and family to ensure that everyone is feeling okay.
Signs of heat stroke include, muscle weakness or cramps, lack of sweating despite the heat, dizziness, lightheadedness, rapid and shallow breathing, and headaches. If someone develops heat stroke it is important to take them directly to a hospital for immediate treatment.
5. Take frequent breaks
If your body is telling you it is tired, listen to it! Take frequent breaks in a cool area to reduce the impact of the sun.
6. Avoid the stress by hiring the professionals
Avoid the stress of moving yourself and choose to move with a qualified removal specialist. Allied is an industry leader and will help to ensure that your move is as stress-free and smooth as possible.
Our highly trained removalists can prepare your furniture and belongings for your move so that you don’t have to worry about it. We offer complete packing and unpacking services, as well as pet transport and insurance to ensure that everything goes to plan.
Happy Australia Day from the Allied team!