Hawaii offers its fair share of beautiful landscapes, picturesque waterfronts, and incredible exposure to Mother Nature. You’ll love living on the island, specifically for these features. But when you have to move, nature can become your worst enemy.

Although the rainy season lasts from November to March, you can still experience unexpected rainfall anytime of the year. If you have to move during this time (or during an unexpected rainy day), you’ll have to take extra precautions to safeguard your belongings.

To make this transition easier for you, we’ve listed several tips to help you handle a move on a rainy day.

1. Pay Attention to the Weather

The best way to protect your belongings from the rain and any associated water damage is to avoid the rain completely. However, since Mother Nature follows her own course, this avoidance might not be possible sometimes.

Pay attention to the weather as your moving date draws closer. If possible, schedule your move on a day that shouldn’t be rainy or on a day that has a chance of lighter rain than other days.

2. Properly Cover Your Furniture

If you plan to move any furniture between houses, you’ll want to cover the pieces properly to prevent the rain from damaging them. Cover large pieces of the furniture with extra blankets if you have any. You may also ask your moving company if they provide heavy-duty plastic to protect your furniture. Use duct tape to seal out moisture and help further protect against the rain.

3. Pack Your Belongings in Waterproof Containers

You should also pack your belongings in waterproof containers if you have them. Airtight, vacuum-seal bags will help to keep your clothes and bedding dry. Using plastic bins to move your books, important documents, and other paper items will help to keep them dry.

If you only have cardboard boxes on hand, cover them with plastic sheeting to help keep them dry.

5. Cover Your Walking Path

To reduce risks for slipping and falling accidents, cover your walking path with cardboard or towels. These should help to absorb moisture from outside and help to keep from tracking dirt and mud into your new home.

Want to know how to keep your hardwood floors safe on moving day? Check out our previous blog 6 Simple Ways to Protect Your Wood Floors on Moving Day