Originally Posted by equitate
According to my BFF GoogleMaps, Oklahoma State is 1200+ miles/21+ hrs from my current residence and 1600+ miles/28+ hours from my hometown in the northeast...
My biggest move to date was ~500 miles/8 hours and was pretty manageable, but this next move feels like a whole other ball game. I'm not as worried about adjusting to a new town right now (I'm sure that will kick in later!) as I am about how to get my life to OK. For those of you who have been in a similar situation, how did you move? Did you use a moving company or U-Haul? Or maybe only pack what you could fit in your car and bought all new furniture? Is there anything you didn't bring but wish you had or vice versa? Any tips or warnings would be great!
I did NH --> OK (about 1800 miles) with an ABF frieght "mini pod" thingie. Was able to fit most of the contents of my studio apartment in there, with minimal furniture (tiny dresser, twin sized bed, 2 chairs/small kitchen table, kitchen cart and a futon). a Uhaul might have been cheaper, but with a car, and a dog, the slight cost savings just isnt worth the hassle to me.. Plus, with the pod, I had as much time as I wanted to pack / unpack. I ended up packing it, going to visit family and friends all around new england, and then meeting it out in OK over a month later. All I had in my car was suitcase, dog, kennel, and a bunch of houseplants. (If you go this route- remember to bring sleeping bag/pillow/towel/air mattress, etc for that night when you get to the new place and your stuff isnt getting there until the next day!)
It was a pretty easy drive. Long, boring, but pretty straight forward. We took 3 days driving out, but I'm heading back home this summer and planning on doing it in 2 days. Heading to NY, so about 12 hours each day. The hardest part is getting through the NYC metro area and all that traffic, after that, it's mostly rural until you hit St. Louis (if you take that route). Couple toll areas, couple surprisingly hilly areas, lots of "Come to Jesus" billboards once you get to this part of the country.