Pack Out Day focuses all of your PCS stress into a few concentrated hours. Your household goods are going one way and you are preparing to drive to your next duty station. We reached out to military bloggers and asked for their best pack out survival tips to give you a running start at a successful PCS!
When preparing for a military move, Jess uses her phone for her multiple To Do lists because it’s always with her. Bonus? It’s unlikely (although not impossible) that the movers will pack it up! Keeping track of what still needs to be done helps you streamline and save time as you prepare.
Cynthia Blake reminds us that at times “things get moved because well, sometimes it’s just easier to throw things in a box than sort through the mess.” Choosing what to let go of before the pack out means one less thing to do as you’re making a new house a home.
Even if you haven’t had a nightmare PCS, you’ve heard the stories of moves where everything went wrong. Sarah Gates suggests these 13 ways to avoid a horrible PCS to keep your move safely within the survivable zone.
The last checklist before you leave tidies up the loose ends. Jess walks us through her process for getting through pack out day and in the car for the trip to her next duty station.
PCSing when pregnant adds some extra considerations to the process! Tara took the time to set up everything baby before their PCS so that they knew exactly what they still needed. If you are PCSing close to your due date, a little organizing on pack out day is important! Make sure that baby items go with your primary load while carrying some essentials with you to ensure you’ll be ready no matter what.
Judy Davis, The Direction Diva, suggests that you “create a New Duty Station ‘Transition Kit’ that has the essentials to make life a little bit easier.” This kit should stay with you instead of being included in your household goods shipment. You just might need it when your HHG are delivered!
Lizzann outlines exactly what to pack for a PCS to Rota, Spain in each part of your shipment.
One of the most stressful aspects of an OCONUS pack out is deciding which of your HHG go where – storage, HHG and your Unaccompanied 1,000 lbs. Jess walks us through her decision-making process when she PCS’d back to the US after an assignment in Italy.