How to Stay Healthy During a Move

Moving is stressful. When you’re stressed, your immune system is compromised, making you more vulnerable to illness. And the last thing you need when facing a big move is to get sick. So, what can you do to ensure you and your family all stay healthy during the relocation process?

Here are some tips to ensure you don’t have to tackle a house move when under the weather. Who needs those additional complications? Moving is already tough enough. Check out how to stay healthy as you move. And rest assured, our team does all it can to keep you safe and healthy while working for you, from washing hands frequently to wearing masks if asked.

Wash Your Hands

You should be doing this regularly anyway, but if you’ve been lax about hand washing, get back in the habit now. Washing your hands is the most proven, not to mention simple, methods to avoid spreading diseases or coming down with something. According to the CDC, the best times to wash your hands include:

  • Before, during, and after food preparations
  • Before and after eating that food
  • Before and after caring for a person who is sick, especially someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a wound or cut
  • After toileting
  • After changing diapers or assisting a child in using the potty
  • After coughing or sneezing, or blowing your nose
  • After touching animals, their food, or their waste
  • After touching pet food or treats
  • After touching trash

In addition to all these common-sense scenarios, you should also be diligent about washing your hands as you prepare to move and pack. It’s easy for your hands to collect germs, bacteria, and viruses from high-touch surfaces, such as door knobs, bins, etc.

Keep some sanitizer on hand as well for those times when you can’t get to a sink to wash with soap and water. Sanitizer is a quick way to wash away any disease-causing contaminants you picked up while going about your daily prepping tasks.

On moving day, make sure all bathrooms and kitchens are well stocked with paper towels and soap that everyone can use, including your movers. Place hand sanitizer pumps strategically throughout the house as well.

Wear a Mask and Don’t Touch Your Face

As continued health threats from COVID-19 remain, it’s best to wear a mask when having other people over to help you pack, or when interacting with movers on moving day. At the very least, make it a point to not touch your face so much. Did you know the average person touches their face 23 times an hour?

Keep your hands especially away from any mucous membrane areas, such as eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you’re worried about getting sick and will be wearing a mask, don’t feel bad about asking your movers to wear masks as well. Most reputable movers will not have a problem giving you peace of mind by donning a face mask. You can also gently remind them once in your home to sanitize or wash their hands frequently.

Sanitize High-Touch Areas

High-touch areas are all the surfaces that you touch a lot throughout the day. These include door knobs, light switches, remote controls, faucet handles, refrigerator handles, microwave handles, and any shared devices.

Be sure to regularly clean these high touch spots, disinfecting them to minimize the likelihood of germ transmission. If you can, clean and disinfect your new home before you move in so you don’t have to worry about it as soon as you get there.

Open up the Windows

Get some fresh air into the home while you pack or on moving day. Circulating stale air is a great way to lessen your risk of getting sick from airborne viruses. In addition, turn on exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to get the air moving.

Boost Your Immunity

To boost your natural immunity and give your body the strength it needs to right off germs, take your daily vitamins, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and eat healthy foods, especially in the days leading up to the move. If you do get sick, you may be able to recover faster. Plus, sleeping between seven and eight hours a night will minimize your chances of getting overly fatigued and then sick during the move.

Staying healthy during your upcoming move ensures a happier, smoother experience. You need to keep up your strength and stamina to handle anything that may come your way.

Contact Big Lake Movers

Call Big Lake Movers for a free quote in Grand Rapids at 616-319-4478 and let us take the burden of moving off your shoulders.


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