Hey y’all! I hope your Monday is off to a great start! Are you planning to move to a new home or across the country? Moving to a new place, no matter how close or far is never an easy task. Doug and I are finally unpacked, and I have put together this list of tips that I have learned the second time around of a PCS move. The first PCS I was clueless – mainly because military life and living in a larger home was all new to me. I feel like I’ve really learned so much this second time around. I have put together a few important tips for a smoother transition.
Before The Packing Company Arrives:
- MAKE A BUCKET LIST: This one is a fun tip: Make a list of things you would like to do before you move. If you really enjoyed something in particular at this duty station, do it one last time! For me, this was going to Sullivan’s Island in Charleston and catching the sunset on the beach. This activity is a special time to reflect and take in the beauty of the sun setting behind the city.
- DONATE, DONATE, and DONATE: If you have not used a certain item, or worn a piece of clothing in the past year, DONATE it. I can’t explain enough how my stress level went down when I got rid of all the clutter I didn’t use day to day. Go to each room and try and go through your items, also go through your items a second time as you are unpacking.
- IMPORTANT PAPER BINDER: Set aside a binder of paperwork you DO NOT WANT packed. This would include orders, passports, social security cards, pet vaccines, car titles, etc.
- TRICARE: Contact Tricare and switch regions and have all your medical files forwarded to new doctors. (This is important to do ahead of time for me, since I was right in the middle of my pregnancy.)
- HOUSING: Start looking at housing at your new duty station; also book lodging if it will take you a few days to drive to your new duty station. Plan out your road trip or book flights to your new duty station!
- CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Make sure to forward your mail to your new duty station, update banking info, utilities, and update any internet/phone billing address. A huge one for us: was changing where your vehicle is insured. We saved TONS switching our coverage from South Carolina to Washington insurance.
Happy unpacking! Comment any tips that have helped you prepare for a PCS move!