June 17, 2007 12:59 PM Subscribe
Tips and advice for a long-distance move by car?
posted by Alterscape to Travel & Transportation (21 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
In about two weeks, I'm moving from suburban Maryland to Phoenix, Arizona for grad school. After looking into the prices for moving truck rentals and professional moving, I've decided that I'll load all my heavy/high-value items (computers, cameras, books, personal papers, etc) into my car, ship light stuff (clothing, mainly) via fedex freight and abandon the bulky stuff (mattress, office chair, ridiculously large CRT monitor, etc) in my father's basement to be yardsaled in the future. Buying new furniture of the low-end student-grade seems more cost-effective than paying to move my current posessions.
My car is old and somewhat beat-up looking -- a 1990 Camry with some visible rust damage, even though the internals are in remarkably good condition -- but I worry that a car packed to the brim with stuff, even stuff covered with blankets and other cheap-looking stuff, still screams 'break a window and take me!' when parked in a cheap motel parking lot somewhere in middle America. Also, I'm a bit worried about the health of electronics left in a hot car. My really valuable gear (laptop, DSLR, etc) will live in my backpack and stay in the hotel/motel with me overnight but I'm worried about heat damage to what's left in my car. I'm also not sure where I should hide/store my personal documents (passport, etc) -- in a firesafe in the trunk or in my backpack, etc?
Beyond that, any other tips for long-distance driving would be appreciated. I've done plenty of one-day long-haul trips, but this'll be my first solo multi-day cross-country adventure.