26) When getting ready for the movers, empty out a closet then put things in the closet that you need after the movers leave. Like all your essentials and meds… then put a big X with tape and put a note saying ‘Do not pack.’
27) Call ahead to your next base for information about temporary housing, if your family center or command has a lending locker, and what all you can borrow. We brought a home worth of supplies and didn’t need any of it.
28) Make sure you take the “parts box,” not the movers. They lost our sons crib parts last move. So he was in a pack ‘n play for an extra week until they could find replacement parts. (Put all the parts, screws, bolts, etc., in separate Ziploc bags and label them… then take them with you.)
29) Do your research on crime in the different areas you are considering securing housing.
30) Research your job market before putting a certain duty on the wish list.
31) Save your Post Retirement move until you really need it. You only get one, but you can use it when you really need it.
32) Keep a copy of your family medical and dental records with you. Don’t forget the pets too!
33) Make sure you unpack and send all the boxes and paper with the movers. They will NOT come back and pick it up like they say they will!
34) Do research on the area you are moving to. Find out as much as you can.
35) Prepare, prepare, prepare. Organize everything before the movers arrive.
36) Have a PCS folder to keep all your documents and a file to hold all your bills to contact all the utility companies and have numbers at hand.
37) Scan all of your photos or take them with you.