Moving can be a stressful experience—and that’s especially true when you’re packing up your life and moving somewhere far, far away.

There are so many logistics that go into planning a long distance move. And if you don’t have those logistics in order, by the time you make it to your new home, you can feel completely stressed and overwhelmed.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! A recent article from outlined tips you can use to reduce stress when planning a long distance move, including:

  • Choose the right date. Trying to move when everyone else is moving can make it more difficult (and more expensive!) to navigate your move. If you can plan your move during off times (for example, on a Tuesday instead of a Saturday or in the fall instead of the summer), it can be easier to coordinate and less expensive overall.
  • Do your research. Look into your options when it comes to movers. They are not all necessarily one size fits all. You’ll want one who has experience in long-distance moves. Knowing all of the possible options and doing your research into each one will help you make the best choice possible to avoid hiring a company that can’t provide you with the best, smoothest move possible.
  • Budget accordingly. The last thing you want is to move into a new home in a new city saddled with debt from a more-expensive-than anticipated move. Make sure you create a budget with a bit of extra padding in case you run into unexpected expenses during the moving process.