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I moved all of my belongings across the US 5 times in a year without a car. Here are 6 things that I wish I’d known sooner.

Throughout my journey across four different states, I learned to pack efficiently, pair down my belongings, and avoid unnecessary airline fees.



I used these suggestions to move five times in a single year without a car.

It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the airline’s baggage regulations and pare down your possessions.

Throughout the day, keep an eye on rideshare applications to get a sense of how much a trip would cost.

In 2020, I made my first independent move after opting to dissolve my marriage.

I had no idea that in the course of that year, I would relocate five times across four different states without having access to a car.

Here are some advice I wish I had before making any decisions.

It might be stressful to move, so don’t be shy about asking for assistance.

The first time I moved, I was so preoccupied with the logistics that I neglected to enlist the assistance or advise of my friends and family. In retrospect, that was a bad choice.

I’m not the most organized person, so to put it mildly, my packing technique was not the best. I should have asked my best buddy for help sooner; she’s great at packing suitcases and tidying up messes.

I could have saved money, time, and space if I had.

Consider the airline’s baggage policy while packing if you’re going to your new residence.

Regarding luggage, each airline has its own rules. Make your packing plan in advance so that you can bring the things you need and save unforeseen bag fees.

When I relocate, I prefer to use Southwest Airlines because each traveler gets two free checked baggage. I used to attempt to cram everything I owned into the two checked bags, which frequently resulted in an overweight baggage cost of $75.

I now have a different strategy. I pay for two additional checked bags at a cost of $75 each. My two big check bags used to cost the same amount as this one. I can pack everything using this way.

As soon as you can, pair down your possessions; you’ll be glad you did.

The first time I moved, I packed too much, which made unpacking and moving considerably harder. I was unable to store items in the corners of the trunk or the backseat without a car. Even though I was aware that every square inch of my luggage was valuable, there were some things I just couldn’t part with.

With each move, I reduced the amount of my possessions. Which things were necessary for my existence and happiness became apparent. I clung to my favorite books, exercise gear, and memories from my youth.

It took me a while to get rid of items, but I advise doing it before you move. Later on, you’ll appreciate it.

Instead of throwing away things you don’t need or use, think about selling or giving them.

I have a tendency to hang onto things that I ought to have thrown away years ago. Some of these things, like a laptop charger that is ten years old, probably aren’t useful to anyone, but others are valuable enough to sell or donate.

When moving, space is limited, so be sure everything you bring has a need. If it is not useful to you, it might be to someone else. Consider it carefully before throwing it away.

For instance, I had amassed a significant collection of makeup that I carried with me on my tour. I wound up selling more than 100 eyeshadow palettes because I wasn’t using the majority of the items, many of which were brand-new.

Identify the closest medical facility.

Living too far from emergency medical care can be dangerous if you don’t have a car.

I always check to see if a doctor’s office or hospital is nearby before deciding to live there, or is a reasonable ridesharing drive away.

Test ridesharing applications to determine costs and wait times.

Rideshare applications are what I turn to when I can’t walk or take public transportation. I’ve discovered that the price of these tours varies according to the destination.

The cost of a rideshare from the airport to my new house once astonished me when I moved to a new city. It was a significant increase from the price of a similar trip in my previous location.

Rideshare prices also change during the day, so a journey at 2 p.m. will probably be more expensive than one at 2 a.m.

Even when I don’t need a ride, I’ve found it useful to check the apps to get a sense of how much a trip would cost at various times. I then make sure to budget twice as much money in case there are any price increases or any unforeseen snags.