Tips for Moving to a Different Climate

Clients moving to a different climate in Arizona cool off by the pool after moving day.

Moving can mean many changes and in some cases it can even mean a new climate. Whether you’re trading the balmy breezes of the West Coast for the crisp air of New England, or from the arid deserts to lush southern greenery, moving to a different climate requires major adjustments. It’s more than just swapping your flip-flops for fleece-lined boots; it’s also about mentally preparing and adapting to the rhythms of your new climate. In this guide, we’ll share essential preparation tips on how to acclimate when moving to a different climate. With careful planning your new environment will feel like home in no time.

Research The New Region

NorthStar Moving Truck parked outside of a home in Big Bear where there was increased snowfallThorough research of a new location is a must, including knowing the climate patterns throughout the year. Government or meteorological websites like the National Weather Service are the most reliable resources for doing a weather check because, as we well know, weather can be highly unpredictable.

Check the average temperature, snowfall, or rainfall, and any extreme weather conditions. It’s important to know whether the new location is in a natural disaster risk zone for heat waves, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, etc., and stay aware of potential threats and be equipped for them. 

For example, Southern California was recently swept by heavy rainfall, especially in Los Angeles, triggering many flash flood warnings. Sacramento, Orange and San Mateo counties are the top major flood risk regions in California; if you are moving to those areas, a risk assessment will help alert you about what to expect. 

Pre-Shopping For The Move

Toy poodle moving to a different climate prepares by wearing a warm jacket and booties.When preparing for a move to a new climate, it’s tempting to try and buy all the essentials before you leave. While it’s smart to arrive with a few basics, it’s also important to leave some shopping until after you’ve settled in. This way, you can tap into local wisdom to find exactly what works best in your new environment—whether it’s the perfect raincoat for drizzly days or the ideal sunhat for dry heat. Locals know their climate best, and following their recommendations can save you from unnecessary purchases and help you fit in with your new surroundings. 

Ensuring your new home is well-equipped for its local climate is crucial to a comfortable transition. Before you move, research what essential items you’ll need, such as a humidifier for dry air, an AC unit to cool hot summers, fans to circulate air, or heaters to ward off the chill. For those heading into colder territories, consider investing in thermal curtains and draft stoppers to keep the warmth in. Setting up your space with these climate-specific tools from the get-go will help create a haven that feels welcoming and perfectly attuned to your new environment. 

Consider the Timing of your move to a different climate. 

NorthStar Moving Truck is parked outside of a home in Scottsdale, Arizona.Moving to a new climate demands strategic timing to sidestep the worst of the weather. Although it’s tough to completely avoid the peak of summer heat or relentless rainy days, planning your move with these factors in mind can significantly ease the transition. Opt for months where the weather is milder, and the roads are safer to navigate, especially if you are moving long distance. Hiring professional movers who are not only familiar with the local roads but also understand the specific weather challenges of the area can be invaluable. These experts are adept at packing, wrapping and protecting your belongings to ensure they arrive at your new home safe and sound, regardless of the weather conditions they face en route. This thoughtful planning and professional assistance make a world of difference in smoothing your journey into a new climate.

Weeks before your move, it’s crucial to arrange for the setup of utilities at your new home. This proactive step ensures that upon arrival, your essential services are already up and running. Having electricity and gas from day one allows you to immediately activate your heating or cooling systems ensuring your first steps into your new home are as comfortable as possible. 

Keep Climate Essential Items on Hand

Mover lays out a red carpet over the snowed path to protect the client's belongings while unloading a moving truck in cold weather.

Always carry a bag of essential personal items no matter where the destination is, which also applies when moving homes to a different climate. Keep these items close by and accessible  during your move. So, what should you consider carrying?

  • For Cold, Dry, Or High-Altitude Regions

When it comes to living in cold areas: puffer or heavy coats, waterproof boots, fleece-lined leggings or tights, gloves, scarves, beanies, hydrating lotion and lip balm; after all, cracked lips hurt! A basic ice scraper or shovel should be good for the beginning.

  • For Hot, Arid Regions

Family cools off by the pool after moving to a different climate in Arizona.Never underestimate the need to carry extra water, staying hydrated is crucial, especially when there is extensive physical activity throughout the moving process. Keep reusable water bottles, coconut water, electrolyte solutions or sports drinks on hand. 

High SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, brimmed hats, and light-colored loose clothing are essential to survive arid weather. Carry some cooling spray bottles to cool down if the heat really intensifies. 

  • For Hot, High-Humidity Regions

While most associate humidity with high moisture content in the air and sweating, don’t be fooled by it; hydrating fluids and foods are necessary to survive the muggy air. Don’t forget that humidity means bugs and insects, especially mosquitos, will thrive so carry an insect repellent. For everyday garments, choose water-wicking, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen; silks, wool, and polyester are absolute no-gos.

In Conclusion

Once you’ve settled into your new neighborhood and started to acclimate to the local climate, you’ll find that your Move-In Checklist keeps growing—after all, it’s impossible to buy everything in advance! That said, a bit of initial research and preparation can go a long way in ensuring the weather doesn’t catch you off guard. The tips we’ve shared should provide a solid foundation for facing any weather-related challenges head-on during your move.