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Preparing to Move


Whether you are heading across the state, or across the world, the Defense Department offers an array of support to help you master your military move. As soon as you know about a move, you can start preparing your plan of action and access tools and support. Use the following tips and resources to help you prepare for your move.

Learn the PCS basics

Knowing what to expect can help you plan successfully for your move. Learn more about PCS basics, and how the military Relocation Assistance Program can help make your move as easy as possible.

Make to-do lists and take inventory

Organization and discipline make any task more efficient. Learn how to create customized checklists the Plan My Move online tool, and how to inventory your belongings.

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.

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Making the Move Easier for Military Children

Advance planning helps ensure there will be plenty of time for transition and adjustment for your child.

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.

Carry the essentials

Depending on your new location, you might be waiting for some time for your boxes to arrive. Plan to hand 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.

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What to Hand Carry When You Move

To help you get settled in as smoothly as possible after your move, important items should be carried with you for safe keeping and easy access.

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