Three Stress-saving Tips for a Long-distance Move

But instead of fretting your new life in a new place, plan ahead and prepare for the cross-country flight and the freight shipping and start to realistically ask yourself, “Should I ship my motorcycle to Alaska?”


Know that moving so far away will come with many challenges. Take care of a few major things early so you have the time and wherewithal to take care of the little things as they pop up along the way.

  • Paperwork – Moving to Alaska takes a bit of paperwork, especially if you plan to move vehicles (or that motorcycle). Make sure you have legible copies of your driver’s license, registration cards, and insurance papers.
  • Transporting – Instead of having your moving company transport your motorcycle, you can save a lot of money by dropping it off at your local port agent yourself. Talk to your movers to find out exactly what to do and where to go. (It’s also a great chance to enjoy one last road trip on the mainland before heading up to the northern tundra).
  • Flights – Plan it all and keep the itinerary and other miscellaneous tickets and information in a specific folder so you know where it is if you ever have to consult your plans.



As far as your possessions go: take what you need, leave what you don’t. Moving to Anchorage or Juneau can take several weeks, so don’t leave anything in storage that you simply can’t do without for two months.

Start by having a garage sale or two and decreasing your overall ballast while filling your wallet with some cold, hard cash. With fewer things to worry about, you’ll have an easier time packing, and a much more calming final weeks in your current home.




Once you’ve narrowed your possessions down to only the essentials, spend time packing the remaining items into manageable boxes. Don’t overload cardboard boxes with heaps of books; you’re just asking for trouble. Use solid Rubbermaid-style containers and load the weight evenly so you don’t struggle with them later.

Label each box on the top and two sides so you can figure out what’s inside without having to take it from the pile and opening it up. Plus, it helps the movers stack your items in the shipping container without causing damage to fragile things.

Now, all you have to worry about are the mundane details, like your carry-on luggage, checked baggage, car inspections, and insurance transfers.

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