So you are finally doing it—leaving New York City. You are probably feeling a bittersweet mixture of excitement and sadness that is making it difficult to plan anything properly. But, plan you must, or this big move will be a lot harder than it needs to be.

Any long distance move is going to be difficult, and it will take a lot of preparation, begging help from others, and a to do list that’s as long as the journey ahead of you. So, to help you out, we are going to address some of the big things that you will need to remember for any long distance move, and give you some advice on how to accomplish them.

Finding a Good Long Distance Mover

This is perhaps the most important task, and one of the first that you will need to take care of. Of course, we would say that! But in all seriousness, a long distance move will be difficult to accomplish alone, and with a long distance moving company helping you every step of the way, the whole ordeal will be a lot smoother, and everything will be insured. Nowadays you can even request a quote online.

Nesting in Your New City

When you are moving long distance, it can be difficult to get your new place ready as you might if you were simply moving across a city. As such, you will have to put your trust in the former residents to leave your new place in good condition. If you are lucky to know people in your new city, have them go and check your house out before you get there.

As for your new city, luckily there is a lot more that you can do to get ready to move. You can research important things online, such as local doctors and schools, and call to have any important records transferred ahead of time. You can even look online to see where all of the important amenities will be—you are likely to want some food as soon as you arrive, so a grocery store might be a good place to start!

Picking the Best Route

Yes, we all have Google Maps these days—or at least some alternative—but you will still want to check out your route to make sure that you are taking the best and safest one. Make sure that there is no major construction going down that will block your path, or any roads that won’t be suitable for a large moving truck. If you are planning to fly to your new home, book your flights weeks in advance, and plan for a ride from the airport with ample time to spare.

Planning Out Meals

Eating right is essential when you are moving. When you are mapping out your route, make sure that there are some good places for you to stop and eat along the way.

Keeping Positive

Above all, try to keep a positive attitude. When all else has been meticulously planned and prepared, it’s all you can do anyway. Your good mood will rub off on others around you and it will make your long distance a move a much better—and far less stressful—experience.