Moving to a new city or geographic region can be difficult — cultural differences and temperature changes just to name a few. However, moving to a southern state is especially difficult because of the culture and climate changes. Here are some things to know when moving to a southern state:

Know how much humidity you can handle before your skin starts feeling dry or itchy. If you have sensitive skin then be aware that the humidity in the south is much higher than the humidity in other parts of the United States.

Bugs & Humidity

Prepare yourself for extremely high temperatures and heat waves during summer months. If you live near a body of water be aware that your feet will probably stick to floors due to the hot weather, and if you are wearing light colored clothing it can get quite dirty from being stuck on sweaty skin or dusty areas.

Be prepared for plentiful amounts of bugs — mostly mosquitoes, ticks, wasps, bees and chiggers (tiny mite like creatures) because they thrive in warmer climates where there’s more moisture present. In order to avoid these pesky insects, wear bug spray!

Bring enough clothes because there’s a chance of your wardrobe being completely ruined due to the humidity making colors bleed or shrink (even when they are “dry clean only”). Also, it’s HOT in the south, so stock up on clothes that can help keep you cool.

Southern Food

To make a broad generalization, Southern cuisine consists of more fried food and sweetened beverages than other areas of the United States. Of course, vegetables are also prevalent as a side, especially in southern soul food or “Meat & 3” options. Expect to eat great food! Just be sure to also watch your calories!

Where to Move?

Also, if possible, use a local moving company that focuses on the city you’re moving to. For instance, MoveOn is a Nashville moving company that can meet you where you are and safely bring your belongings to Nashville. Bellhop Moving does the same for Atlanta.

The southeastern United States has a ton of great places to live. Coastal states such as North Carolina and South Carolina give you the Appalachian mountains and beaches. More inland cities like Atlanta and Nashville give you unique cultural experiences that are one of a kind. So, take your pick! There are so many great places to live, you can’t really go wrong.