People are moving out of cold states like the Midwest and Northeast and heading south and west, particularly to Arizona. If you are choosing to relocate to the beautiful desert state, reading facts & tips can help.

Arizona has something to offer for you and every member of your family

It makes an excellent base for exploration of the southwest! There’s an elevation range of over 12,500 feet in Arizona, beautiful ponderosa pine forests (the biggest in the world), and Flagstaff averages over 100 inches of snow each year. There are more than 100 lakes in Arizona, including Tempe Town Lake, Pleasant, Mead, Havasu, and Powell. If you’re into sports, spring training is hosted in Arizona and there are more than 200 golf courses. There are new restaurants opening almost daily in Phoenix, and a booming food truck businesses. On top of all of that, you can get a great secondary-education here in Arizona. Choose between Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona.

These tips can help make your transition to the desert heat more enjoyable

Cactus and sunset
  1. Say “Goodbye” to changing your clock. Arizona does not practice daylight savings.
  2. Keep hydrated (good advice for your pets, too). You have moved to the desert, which means it is very dry here. Sunscreen is also a daily necessity.
  3. Prepare for the heat. Temperatures soar well over 100 degrees in the summer. You can still keep a winter and summer wardrobe, but we suggest leaning towards summer attire for most of your closet space. A pool will be your best friend during the summer months and be careful not to leave any items in your vehicle.
  4. Keep an eye out during monsoon season. Yes, it does rain here … and enough for an entire season to be named after it.
  5. If you are concerned about the job market here in Arizona, you will be satisfied in knowing that in 1999, Newsweek magazine projected that at least in the Phoenix area, the magazine predicted that the city would become the “second largest job growth engine” between 1999 and 2025, despite these tough economic times.
  6. Arizona is a big. Phoenix is 517 square miles. A car is a must in Phoenix. Phoenix borders many popular destinations, such as Vegas or Mexico. If you choose to leave, you have plenty of options for a weekend getaway.
  7. Watch out for desert wildlife. Rattlesnakes, coyotes and scorpions are just a few common neighborhood dwellers.
  8. Public transportation is available. The state is mainly covered by buses, but in Phoenix there is a 20-mile light rail that runs from north-central Phoenix to Mesa with stops in downtown Phoenix and Tempe. The light rail is scheduled to expand further and open new routes before 2030.
  9. Do not arrange afternoon hikes during the summer months. There are many dangerous factors to hiking in 100+ degrees. Be careful what time of day you choose to exercise.
  10. Stay safe during a Haboob. It’s an unusual term for a rare but potentially dangerous event—an intense dust storm. Safely pull over to the side of the road if driving or seek shelter.

If you find Arizona your home, take these tips in consideration. You are now part of a wonderful community!

Continental Van Lines would love to help you with your relocation to Arizona. We provide premier services to get you and your family moved in to your beautiful new home.

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