I grew up on the east coast, spending most of my early years in the New England area. College and early adult years were spent in the Southwest, allowing me to thaw out a bit. Now, work has brought me back east to the City of Brotherly Love. I am thrilled to be back in a larger and more diverse metropolitan, and look forward to the overabundance of things to do. However, I did miss out on identifying things I would need here in the rush to transition life and belongings. These items are things that, after the fact, I realized would have made my transition and living here easier:
1. Good Shoes
When I decided to make the move to Philadelphia, I imagined a concrete jungle similar to New York City. However, it turns out that Philadelphia is the fifth most walkable city in the U.S. I brought my running shoes, but what I forgot to bring was some good shoes that I could wear to work and back while pounding the pavement. Consider bringing some so you can enjoy the three glorious seasons outdoors, save money on gas, and avoid mass transit.
2. Professional Movers
When I moved out west, I did not have much. So, considering this fact, I decided to pack up and load a truck and drive it over to my destination. I also thought it would be a great economically smart move for me to unload and pretty much do everything myself. I was wrong, and almost needed to call on the services of an injury lawyer in Philadelphia.
Over the years, I had accumulated mountains of things, most of which I probably did not need, but felt compelled to keep. I managed to scrounge up my friends to help me pack and load from the starting point. However, when I got to my newly rented apartment, I was numbed by a realization that I was alone and I had a truck full of furniture and belongings to unload.
Assess what you have when you move. Know where you are moving, and hire professionals to take care of loading and unloading. If you want to save a few bucks, you can pack and unpack. However, you will save time, headaches, and possible injury to yourself if you have professionals take care of that for you. I say professionals because the last thing you need is hiring someone off the street to move your stuff, they get hurt, and you are liable. You will be quickly on the hunt for an injury lawyer in Philadelphia faster than you can say “Philly Cheesesteak!”
3. Rain Gear
I remembered to bring all my warm wintery stuff, because I did have some. However, living in the desert means you don’t keep much rain gear. I knew that it snowed in Philly, but what I did not realized is that it rains quite a bit, as well. Philadelphia gets an average of 42 inches per year . Remember to bring along an umbrella, but most importantly, a nice long trench coat for days when it is wet and windy. An umbrella will do you no good on days like this.
4. Self-Defense Training
I lived in a fairly rural setting in the Southwest, nestled 15 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. It felt very safe. When I scoured the city limits of Philadelphia, I found a plenty of places to live in that were walking distance from work. For me, that was perfect. However, what I did not consider was the crime rate.
In just 2012, Philadelphia reported 331 murders, which means a person has basically a 0.02 percent chance of being murdered.
Staying safe is the name of the game, so I quickly signed up for a self-defense class and made some friends fast. There is nothing like some preventative planning to keep you safe!
5. A Treadmill and a Weight Scale
Philadelphia was deemed the second most unhealthy city in America by Women’s Health Magazine in 2013, and the 14th fattest by Men’s Fitness. The food here is like no other. After you have had enough of bean sprouts and grilled everything that comes out of California, you will be back in heaven when you walk the streets of Philly. But be aware and pace yourself. I was so enraptured by the many food carts and unique boutique restaurants that scattered corners and caught my eye, I did not realize how much I was eating or what I was eating.
As soon as my clothes starting feeling snug, and this took but one month, I realized something had to be done. I never had a weight scale, so I went and bought one, and I did not like was I saw. So I went out to buy a treadmill. I had no issues with exercise before, because in the Southwest, there is always a time of day, even in the dead of summer, when you can get out and run. In Philly, winters and rain keep you indoors.
So, considering the rich food you may end up indulging in and the fact that winter may put exercise on hold, I highly recommend bringing your exercise equipment, or plan on buying some.