December 11, 2014

1-800-PACK-RAT Makes Green Moving Easier 

green moving eco car

Just as moving can take a toll on you, it also takes a toll on the environment. Every time you drive your car or hop on a plane, you are adding to your personal carbon footprint. Now imagine all of your belongings having to take a trip across the country – that can really add up!

If you are like most environmentally conscious movers, you will probably be looking for ways to conduct a “green” move. There are lots of green moving tips out there for packing and upcycling, but is there anything you can do about how your personal belongings get transported?

As part of the transportation industry, 1-800-PACK-RAT has the unique opportunity to create as much of an eco-friendly move for its customers as possible. That’s why 1-800-PACK-RAT has joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

1-800-PACK-RAT will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 120.7 million barrels of oil, $16.8 billion in fuel costs, 51.6 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 37,000 tons of articulate matter. This equals taking 10 million cars of the road!  Partners rely on SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement.

Joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership is just one way that 1-800-PACK-RAT demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility toward green moving. 1-800-PACK-RAT recently upgraded much of its truck fleet in order to maximize efficiencies and reduce the gasoline miles per gallon used in its vehicles. It also consistently works to reduce emissions by lowering idle times through driver education.

There are lots of easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your move: using clothes and towels to protect fragile items, finding gently used boxes and donating as much as you can. But if you are looking for a green moving company, be sure to look for the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

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November 21, 2014

Don't Let Your Move Ruin Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Getting ready to move at Thanksgiving? We know that packing and moving at Thanksgiving can be tough. It takes time to unpack everything you need, and maybe you are farther from friends and family than you would like. But your Thanksgiving doesn't have to be put on the back burner (pun intended). You can still have a great Thanksgiving holiday with these handy tips:

  1. Go simple: Your family will forgive you if you put down the Martha Stewart cookbooks this year and go simple. There is nothing wrong with store-bought pies or canned vegetables if it will make your dinner easier. Leave the corn shucking for next year!

  2. Ask for help: If you have people coming to your home for dinner, don't be afraid to ask them to bring something that you don't have time to prepare. It’s traditional for guests to bring a dish, so go ahead and scratch a few items off your to-do list.

  3. Know who to call: Preparing Thanksgiving on the fly is hard enough, but if problems arise in the kitchen, it can be downright disastrous. The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hot Line (1-888-674-6854) will be available to help with turkey trouble and food safety questions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 

  4. Treat yourself:  And if you really don’t feel like digging out your pots and pans or playing hostess, treat your family to a meal out. Many fine-dining establishments open on Thanksgiving with special holiday menus. Check online to see what’s open near you!

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August 14, 2014

Five Tips for Moving to a New School

Kids in a moving box 

Moving to a new home can be especially challenging for a child transitioning into a new school district. When your child starts at a new school it is important to tackle problems early. Here are some tips to best prepare your student for starting at a new school.   


  1. Create a schedule: Get your child into a set schedule early. During the end of the summer, promote a regular sleep schedule and start turning off the TV. Encourage reading, puzzles and looking at flash cards to get your child into the routine of learning.
  2. Include your child in the process: Make your child feel included throughout the entire process. Visit their new school before the first day and bring them along to orientation. Allowing them to see and tour classrooms in advance can put some of their fears to ease.
  3. Look for opportunities to get involved: Network with other parents in the area and volunteer in the classroom or at the school during the first year. Knowing that you're close can help your child to relax and get more out of learning. 
  4. Encourage after-school activities: Encourage your child to participate in at least one or two extracurricular activities. This will help them meet new friends and stay busy. Research possible opportunities and discuss with your child what best fits his or her interests before the school year begins. 
  5. Prepare for emergencies: Make sure to have an emergency contact in your new location, and make sure the school has copies of all important documents such as health and allergy information.

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