With every PCS, you learn a little more about how to make your move a smooth one. But even the best laid plans can be turned upside down by a sick child, a suddenly changed timeline or bad weather. Even the most experienced might find themselves with just days to go before a move and a long to do list. We asked our community for their best last minute PCS tips for when you find yourself in just that situation!
Plan For The Kids
“Make arrangements for your kids to either be at daycare or a friend’s house during those last few days if possible so that you can actually focus on the gigantic list of things!” Sarah, author of 13 Ways To Avoid A Horrible PCS
“Ziplock bag the Legos.” Anna C.
“Run to the store to get healthy snacks, download new movies to the iPad while you still have an awesome Wi-Fi connection, hit up the dollar store for ‘new toys’ for the kids to open throughout the trip, get some cash out for emergencies on your trip. Three weeks out: set up the mail forward, get the friends you want to see on your calendar (bonus points for combining all your friends into one event), alert your credit cards, and remember to take a few minutes to relax.” The Navy Mom
“I have a couple different lists on my phone in an attempt to keep me organized during the last few weeks right before we PCS:
- Stuff to take with us: important records, some main kitchen stuff, extension cords, a set of sheets, towels, toilet paper, clothes for everyone, dog bowl and food, etc.
- Stuff to throw away right before the movers come (anything we don’t want to take with us, but still need up until we move): coffee maker that’s on its last leg, old Tupperware, old oven mitts, stuff in the fridge (also give away stuff to friends), cleaning stuff under the sink , etc.
I like that it’s on my phone so I can always add to it and delete when things get accomplished.” Jessica Lynn Writes
No Need To Be A Superhero
“Accept help! During the last week of my last PCS, I had friends return library books for me, make recycling center runs, and drop off meals when I was too exhausted to cook (and had no dishes or food if I had wanted to). My friends and neighbors have always played a big role in the success of a pack-out for me.” Jodi S.
“Buy paper plates, paper towels, and plastic cutlery to use on your last few nights in your old home / first few nights in your new home! Keep them in your car so you have access. It makes life much easier.” Janelle C.
Give Yourself A Break
“Go see a movie with your family. Get your hair cut one last time at that place you finally found. Visit your favorite donut place/froyo joint/bookstore one last time.” Casey F
“Forget the little stuff…especially when life circumstances (like your spouse being at training enroute to the next duty station) or any other random thing gets in the way of your perfect PCS. This time around, I’ll consider it a success if spouse, both kids, both dogs, and I make it with the dishes and furniture mostly in one piece!” Jamie B.
Not sure where to start? Grab the AHRN.com PCS Toolkit to identify what is left on your to do list!
We want to know:
What’s the key for a successful last week before your PCS?