Moving to a colder climate guide

If you’re moving, one of the things that could represent an issue is a different climate. Even if you’re moving to a warmer place, your body will need some time to adapt. But generally, considering the different lifestyles and much more outdoor activities, the whole adaptation process will go much easier than moving to a colder climate. The problem with moving to a colder climate is not only learning to adapt to cold but also to adapt to spending more time indoors. Especially, during wintertime. Also, for surviving the winter, you’ll need a lot of gear. And you’ll have to learn how to use it. That is why before calling your overseas moving companies, spend a few minutes to read this article. It will help you to comprehend what’s waiting for you, what you need to prepare, and how to adapt to living in a colder climate.

Benefits of moving to a colder climate

If you are not very satisfied because of your upcoming move, maybe you are not acquainted with the benefits of living in a colder climate. And maybe learning about them will make you feel better. For example, researches from Michigan University and The Scripps Research Institute discovered that worms and mice live longer in a colder climate. Of course, this doesn’t directly apply to humans, but it can be a good indication. Here are some of the more proven benefits of moving to a colder climate:

  • Moving to a colder climate will boost your brain activity.
  • The body uses more energy to keep warm, so you will burn more calories.
  • If you are suffering from outdoor allergies, you will have no such problems in a colder climate.
  • You will sleep much better.
  • The human immune system is much more active in cold, so you will have more ability to fight off infections.
  • It is good for the skin.
  • There are fewer insects in colder climates. If you are not a fan of mosquitoes and ticks, this is very good news.
  • The air is cleaner in a colder climate.
  • If you are feeling insecure about how your body looks, you will not have to worry about that when you are hidden beneath all those layers of clothes.
  • And if you are a fan of the Christmas holidays, they are much nicer when it is snowing outside.
A happy woman
There are many benefits of moving to a colder climate

Deal with your moving inventory

When you are moving to a colder climate, one of the most important things is to deal with your moving inventory. Cargo export is complicated. But one of the things that will make things easier is to reduce the size of your moving inventory. Get rid of the items you are not using, and since you are moving to a different climate your old clothes could become useless, too. Besides helping you to reduce your moving expenses, it will also help you to avoid cluttering your new home with your old summer outfits. Especially when you get new winter clothes.

What to do with excess clothes when moving to a colder climate

Since you want to avoid packing and moving your old summer clothes, you should know that there are several ways to do that. If you are planning to return one day, you can find a good warehouse in Japan, and store them until you return.  If not, you can organize a yard sale, or try to sell your items over the internet.

When you do not have enough time to organize all that, you can donate your items to a charity or simply give them to your friends and family.

Get your new clothes after you move

If you are thinking about preparing your warm clothes in advance, that might not be such a smart move. Of course, you will need at least one set of warm clothes for the day you arrive. But the smartest thing would be to buy new clothes after you get to your destination. First, you will not have to pay for moving it. Second, if you are living in a place without cold winters, there is a big chance that you will not be able to find what you are looking for. That is why it would be best to buy new clothes after you move.

Winter shoes, scarf and hat
Buy winter clothes after you move

Getting used to driving after moving to a colder climate

One of the things that could represent an issue after moving from Japan to a snowier place is driving. If you are used only to drive in good climate conditions, you should know that winter driving is something entirely different. From, controlling the vehicle and breaking to car maintenance. So, once you get there, take a few days to practice in some parking lot or anywhere else where it’s safe. If you have a rear-wheel-drive car maybe you should replace it with a more appropriate four-wheel-drive SUV.

Car survival kit

Maybe this will sound a little bit scary, but one of the things that you should prepare is the car survival kit. When you are living in a place with heavy snowstorms, there is always a chance that you could be stuck on the road. Of course, that is not so terrible if your car is operational and has enough gas. However, if waiting for help prolongs, you should have things that will keep you alive. Here is the list:

  • Jumper cables
  • A thermal blanket
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Extra pair of warm clothes
  • First aid kit
  • A flashlight
  • Ice scraper
  • Emergency flares
  • Whistle
  • Snow shovel
A red car moving to a colder climate
Prepare a car survival kit if you are moving to a colder climate

If you are moving to an extremely colder climate, get a light therapy box

If you are moving to a colder climate, where in wintertime you will have only a few hours of daylight or no sun at all, you will have a hard time adapting. Besides depression and insomnia, that are usual in places like this, a few more health disorders could appear. So, to prevent this from happening to you get a sun lamp or light therapy box.  It will help you stay in a good mood after moving to such a different environment.

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