New York is the center of so many things. For me, it was the perfect place to complete a master's degree in public health. I'd always wanted to help the world. My education in the heart of it all would give me the tools I needed to do just that. When I made my move from North Carolina, I was a bit scared. After all, New York City is America's largest city. The prospect of moving here on my own felt quite daunting. I'd only been there before for a week. Now, it was going to be my permanent home. I was looking forward to it, but it was a big leap. Fortunately, these simple tips proved an ideal way to get everything on track and make it all come together.

Allow Enough Time

It's important to allow as much time as possible to get this done. There's a lot involved in getting ready for the move. This is particularly true when it comes to moving from one part of town to the next. I found it imperative to think about all the little details involved before I did anything else. For example, I needed to get things in gear by knowing how to pack. I have a lot of things. Moving them a long way means making sure that I had enough time to make sure every single thing had a place in the truck. I also had to allow myself to get things in order. Items like a key organizer were of valuable use to me. For me, it meant starting to plan for the move about two months before I actually carried it out. That was a good timeline that allowed me enough time to feel confident I could get everything done.

Know the Geography

If you have never been to New York City before or even if you have, you'll want to keep the New York City geography in mind. New York is divided into five boroughs. There's Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. These boroughs are connected with other via a series of bridges and tunnels. If you are going from one borough to the next, such as from Manhattan to Brooklyn, it's important to understand how to get from one area to the next. Keep in mind there may be traffic even at unexpected hours. You want to compensate for that possibility with enough extra time. Now is the time to think about your planned route before you make the choice to follow it. It's best to know the difference between Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester county as well.

Keep the Seasons in Mind

Those who have seen New York City on television know this is a city with many seasons. It's likely to be very hot and humid in the summer. Rain is quite common all year long. During the winter and early spring, snow is another issue to keep in mind. You want to make sure all of your items are well protected as you travel and get them moved. This means having enough tarps on hand in order to keep your precious furniture from being harmed by a sudden downpour. The same is true during the summer when intense heat can cause huge problems. Think about moving early in the morning to avoid the direct heat of the day. If there's an issue with weather instability such as a blizzard on the way or a hurricane keeping up the coast, make sure you have enough time to work around it.

I have loved my time in New York City. It's a marvelous place to explore. These tips made it much easier to get things done. I found information about the city was my best friend. Settling in was not a problem when it paid careful attention to all these local details.

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