Saturday, March 11, 2017

What do you pack when the Army moves your crap?

We're moving!....and the Army is moving our stuff.

This is the first time we have had the military move our household goods. For anyone who has done this before, you know the pros and cons. 

It is a great benefit to not have to worry about moving your furniture across the country and sometimes to the other side of the world. I would definitely be much more nervous about this move if we had to move the majority of our stuff without the military's help.

In our case, the movers will be moving our HHG a week before we leave our current post. We will then wait about two weeks to receive all our stuff at our new post. 

Other than the air mattress we will be sleeping on...there are several other things you will want to keep with you so you don't have to buy things you already have. 

This is a working list and please comment if you have more to add! This is a general list and should be adjusted to fit your needs. Especially those who are going OCONUS

1. Sheets and pillows
2. Air Mattress
3. Towels
4. Shower Curtain (Especially if the biggest window in your new house just happens to be in the bathroom)
5. Cleaning Supplies 
6. Important Paperwork (Passports, Marriage Certificates, Insurance info, etc.)
7. Coffee Maker 
8. Pet Supplies (dog bed, litter box, medication, etc.)
9. Your Pet (should be obvious but moving can make you forget things)
10. Clothing
      - Keep in mind the climate you are moving to and if you have any events that may require certain types of clothing before the rest of your closet arrives (i.e. weddings, interviews, formal events, etc.)
11. Ammo (the government movers will not move ammunition of any kind)**
12. Computers
13. Sentimental Items (we will be moving our wedding china, pictures, etc. with us)
14. Alcohol (military movers will not ship alcohol)***
15. Small Tool Box
16. Plates, Cups, Utensils, Oven Mitts, Baking Sheet, etc. 

     **Keep in mind when moving CONUS that different states have different laws. This especially applies to firearms. If you have any question about moving firearms the ATF's website is a great place to start.
     This Link provides a state by state breakdown of what is lawful and unlawful in regards to everything from concealed carry permits to transportation of weapons across state lines.

    ***Certain states and counties have strict wine and liquor laws especially when it comes to transporting alcohol over state or county lines. While you should be okay as long as the alcohol is for personal use, check with the state's liquor board website if you are still unsure.

For a more in depth look at moving with the military is a great resource! 


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