Moving Across the Country: A Journey from Green Bay to Portland

Embracing Change: Downsizing and Packing

Moving across the country is a significant life event, filled with both challenges and opportunities. When I embarked on my journey from Green Bay to Portland, the first critical step was downsizing my home. This process isn’t just about getting rid of stuff; it’s about prioritizing what truly matters.

Tips for Downsizing:

  • Start early: Begin sorting through your belongings months before your move.
  • Categorize: Divide your items into keep, sell, donate, and discard.
  • Be ruthless: If you haven’t used something in a year, it’s probably time to let it go.

Packing and Shipping: The Logistics of Moving

With downsizing out of the way, the next step is deciding how to transport your belongings. I opted for a combination of a rented shipping container and a U-Haul trailer. This method offers flexibility and control over your belongings.

Best Practices for Packing:

  • Label everything: Clearly mark boxes with their contents and designated room.
  • Protect your valuables: Use bubble wrap and packing paper to safeguard fragile items.
  • Balance the load: Distribute weight evenly in the trailer for safer driving.

The Journey: Driving Across the Country

The drive itself, from Green Bay to Portland, is an adventure. While towing a trailer, it’s important to plan your route carefully, considering rest stops and overnight accommodations.

Driving Tips:

  • Check your vehicle: Ensure your truck is serviced and ready for a long haul.
  • Plan your stops: Identify safe rest areas and hotels ahead of time.
  • Stay rested: Don’t underestimate the fatigue of long-distance driving.

Avoiding Common Mistakes:

  1. Overpacking: Even after downsizing, it’s easy to bring too much. Remember, every extra item is something you’ll have to unload and find a place for in your new home.
  2. Underestimating Costs: Be realistic about the costs of moving, including gas, lodging, and unexpected expenses.
  3. Ignoring Weather Conditions: Check the forecast for your route, especially if you’re driving through areas with extreme weather conditions.

Settling In: Making Portland Home

Once in Portland, take your time unpacking and exploring your new surroundings. It’s essential to give yourself grace during this transition period.


Moving across the country is not just a physical journey; it’s a transformational life experience. It teaches resilience, adaptability, and the importance of focusing on what truly matters. By following these tips and best practices, you can make your relocation smoother and more enjoyable.

For those seeking a more personalized discussion or having specific questions, feel free to reach out to me on Instagram at @cody80live. I’m happy to share more insights and hear about your moving adventures!

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