Planning Your Move

One of the most stressful events in a military family’s career is a relocation to another duty station. The difficulty comes from the preparation for the move and then ensuring that everyone who is going to be moving goes through all the steps to get everything taken care of before the move day arrives.
If you are a military serviceman and are about to experience a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, here are tips for your next move to minimize the stress and distractions.As soon as you know about a move, you can start preparing your plan of action.

Make to-do lists and take inventory.

One of the most stressful events in a military family’s career is a relocation to another duty station. The difficulty comes from the preparation for the move and then ensuring that everyone who is going to be moving goes through all the steps to get everything taken care of before the move day arrives. If you are a military serviceman and are about to experience a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, here are tips for your next move to minimize the stress and distractions.As soon as you know about a move, you can start preparing your plan of action. 

Talk to your family about the move.

Seize the adventure of your move and talk openly and often with your entire family about the upcoming changes. While it’s an exciting time, it can also bring uncertainty, especially for children. Explain to them that the move is a chance to explore a new place, make some new friends, and that even in a new location, the love and support of their family will not change.

Make the move easier for your pet and you.

When you’re preparing for a move, having a pet can add another layer of complexity. Spend time upfront planning and preparing so you can ease the stress of moving for both you and your pet. Find out how.

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Carry the essentials.

Depending on your new location, you might be waiting for some time for your boxes to arrive. Carry everything you absolutely need upfront for your move. This includes personal and financial information, identification records, passports, health records and any documents that will be critical to making the transition to a new location, such as school enrollment forms. Also, carry any valuable family heirlooms or special pieces on your person.

Learn the PCS basics.

Living overseas is the adventure of a lifetime and a chance to see the world. The logistics for this kind of big move depend on your family, pets, your rank and the timeline of your move. Within the U.S., the military provides packers and movers or offers a do-it-yourself option, depending on your circumstances and budget.