Check with your local Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one area to another. Many areas have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs or pests that can destroy valuable cash crops.
When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.
A Couple of Weeks Before You Move
Prune plants to facilitate packing.
Consult a florist or a plant book for instructions.
A Week Before You Move
Place your plants in a black plastic bag, along with a bug/pest strip, conventional flea collar or bug powder. Close the bag and place in a cool area overnight to kill any pests on the plant or in the soil.
The Day Before You Move
Place the plants in cardboard containers. Hold them in place with dampened newspaper or packing paper. Use paper to cushion the leaves and place a final layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. If you must leave your plants behind, then take cuttings. Put them in a plastic bag with wet paper towels around them.
On the Day of You Move
Set the boxes aside and mark “do not load” so they won’t be taken on the moving van. Close the boxes and punch air holes in the top before loading into your car.
Park your car in a shaded area in the summer and a sunny spot in the winter.
Unpack the plants as soon as possible after arrival. Remove plants through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems. Do not expose the plants to much sunlight at first. Let them get gradually accustomed to more light.
Lawn or Garage Tool
Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other equipment. Disconnect all batteries.
Empty propane tanks from barbecue grill and properly purge hose. Secure lid and immobilize moving parts.
Strap long garden tools together into a bundle. Pack heavy power tools into small sturdy boxes and fill spaces with newspaper.
Children and Pets
Don’t pack the kids and pets in the same box ;o)
Resist the urge to pack the kids in boxes! Get your children involved and keep them occupied by giving them each a large box to pack their toys in. Toys are usually pretty tough so you don’t have to worry too much about how well the toys are packed.
In addition to the room and contents, have children write their names and new address on the moving boxes from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new address before they get to their new home.
Cats and dogs can be taken in your car. If so, remember to take along the following items:
Leash for letting your pet out of the car
Newspaper or sheets to keep your car clean
Animals can get carsick and will require frequent stops along the way. Also, check ahead to see if the hotel where you are staying allows pets. Depending on the animal’s temperament and size, it might be better to have it shipped by air. Be sure to check if your destination has any local requirements or restrictions on animals.
To have your pet shipped by air, make sure someone can meet your pet at the destination airport and take care of it until you arrive. A kennel can do this for you and keep your pet until you have completed your move, if necessary.
If you are flying to your new destination, your cat or dog can ride in the baggage compartment. You may need the following items:
Health certificate. Obtain this from your veterinarian.
Pet container. The airline might have a special container available or you can use your own as long as it complies with airline regulations.
Tranquilizers. Your vet can provide tranquilizers to be given to your pet immediately before going to the airport.
Your scent. Having a piece of cloth with your scent on it can comfort your pet.
Hamsters, birds and other small animals can easily be transported in your car. To help keep the animals calm and quiet, cover cages with a cloth. Also, make sure they have food and water available. It can be very impractical and risky to move fish. Check with your local pet store for recommendations on moving your specific type of fish.