Tips for Moving to a Different Climate

snowy city streets

Adjusting to a new climate is often one of the toughest facets of transitioning to a new city when moving. Those who live in a certain area know its climate best. They can prepare for the eventual ebbs and flows or lack thereof best. A newcomer with a different set of subconscious climate expectations will have more difficulty adapting. It takes time to get fully used to new heat, humidity, chill, or altitude. To prevent this long adaptive process from turning into a disaster, utilize these tips:

 

  • DRESS FOR THE WEATHER (BUT DON’T OVERCOMMIT)

The easiest way to adjust to a new climate is new clothes. In a colder climate, grab a padded coat and gloves. In a warmer climate, grab sunglasses and shorter sleeved clothing. Preparing your wardrobe for the climate is obviously of tantamount importance. A relocation from a warm state to a cold state will require more than one pair of boots and gloves, along with extra scarves, coats and other winter apparel. When the cold comes in these cold weather cities, it isn’t for a short stay, so movers will need to change some winter clothes day-to-day. The same goes for warm weather cities.

As seasons come and go, there’s room for a well-balanced wardrobe. Fret not Minnesota movers, the swim trunks can be used at some point. Those relocating to Florida shouldn’t throw out their jackets either, as temperatures in the northern part of the state can often dip below 50 degrees. Neither Florida nor Minnesota nor Los Angeles nor New York are the same temperature all the time. The way their climates are described is much more influenced by extremes than averages. In reality, there are plenty of sunny and chilly days in all parts of the United States, and the world

 

heavy coats to stay warm

 

  • BUY CLOTHES IN THE NEW AREA

 Clothing stores market for their immediate area - especially outfitters who make clothes meant for extreme weather conditions. A jacket made in Los Angeles isn’t meant to be used in a New York City blizzard. Jeans and other pants are lighter in warmer areas to help their wearers from sweating at all moments. Whenever in doubt, buy the appropriate clothing for that climate in that area.

 

staying hydrated, drinking water

 

  • AVOIDING HEAT STROKE AND DEHYDRATION IN WARM WEATHER

At risk of sounding like someone’s mother, we have to say; it’s very important to stay hydrated in the heat. Heat stroke, dehydration, and other ailments can often be avoided easily by responsible behavior. Sunburn, while a much more minor fate, can also be avoided just as easily, even by those new to the sun and heat of a warm climate. Wear sunscreen, keep hydrated, and these problems can be avoided.

 

 

avoiding cold weather illness

 

  • DON’T GET SICK IN COLD WEATHER

It’s just as easy to get under the weather in the cold as it is in the heat. Going without a coat on a chilly day can have more consequences than just a mild case of shivers. The most drastic consequence is hypothermia, where the body’s internal temperature drops well below 98.6 degrees. Cold weather exposure can more easily cause minor illnesses, such as the common cold, frostbite, and other lesser known ailments. Bundle up and make sure to account for windchill and snow in the cold weather, not just the posted temperatures.

 

humid climate

 
  • HUMIDITY VS DRY HEAT

Not all posted temperatures feel the same to the human body. That much is true with cold temperatures in windchill, and it’s equally true in hot weather with humidity. Humidity pertains to the amount of moisture in the air. High humidity in warm areas like Florida prevents sweat evaporation, making it more difficult for the body to cool itself in the hot temperatures. Low humidity in warm areas like the deserts of Arizona can lead to dry skin, throat irritation and other minor maladies that mostly pertain to the ears, nose and throat. To better understand a new climate, don’t just rely on temperatures; investigate humidity levels in the air, too.

 

exercising in hot weather

 

  • DON’T CAVE IN 

Adjusting to the new climate can be especially taxing on the body, considering it is acclimated to completely different weather patterns. The natural impulse reaction to the dissonance is to retreat to the indoors, and bunker at the comfortable, temperature controlled refuge of home. In order to completely acclimate to a new area, getting out there and finding the places to feel belonging is critical. If that means having to bear uncomfortable weather conditions, try and do it however you can.

 



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