Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mama Clems military moving guide
As a tune of Janis Joplin's float though my head and I change the lyrics to fit my needs...
Summer- time- time - time and child the movings Easy/
We are PCSing, PCSin out/
and the boxes, Lord, the boxes are stacking High/
Lord, so high.
This is our 12 move of my 12 year marriage! ( not counting the months between houses spent in hotel rooms, while waiting for housing.)

While Hawaii is nice and I feel I could vacation there with little more than a bathing suit and a toothbrush, the idea of living in a hotel with 4 kids for, who only knows how long, ( current wait list says the average wait it 365 days!?!)

There are a few Tips of the Trade, that I would like to share

1. save up extra Cash:
( we don't do credit, and have no debt, so this one is important)
There will be all kinds of uncovered moving cost, like the $$$ To fix a gas gauge so that we could ship our van or the extra $$$$ to ship the second car. The dislocation allowance has never covered it all.

2. Make shipping and transportation arrangements early:
Look ahead, as soon as you get your orders. Get out the calendar and pick your dates: shipping, transportation, and clearing housing. The earlier you make these calls the better the chance of getting dates that work for you! Give yourself plenty of time so you are not rushed.

3. Take videos or pictures of ALL your goods:
Yes movers will give you a Bill of Laden, but they don't note true condition or working of items. Your pictures may prove wether they are at fault for damage... And it happens. Keeps this with the important papers that you will carry on your person, to your destination.

4. Get copies of medical and dental records:
Yes, you can have copies made of your military medical records ( this is important espsealiy if you have any chronic conditions) they don't like to make copies though, it maens extra work, and they will have to be requested in advanced. You can also use your orders to get the originals released. Try to get minor children into the dentist for one final cleaning, that way you don't have to feel pressure to seek out a new dentist as soon as move.

5. DeClutter and DeJunk:
You will be astonished to see how much ( Stuff) you will have aquired since the last move. if you haven't used it or needed it in the last year or if it is still in the box since the last move, goodwill it or moms list it. ( of course this doesn't apply to sentimental items).

6. ( OCONUS ) and Pets:
Some moves may require , certain protocols when it comes to pets. For example Hawaii is rabies free. Your animal records will have to show three consecutive rabies vaccinations and a test 120 days pier to arrival or you may have to pay for an extended quarantine, which cost $$ a day! Find out what Fido needs to travel and get him into the vet, makes sure to carry copies of vet records in with your important carry papers.

7. Important Carry Papers:
Bug playing in her Box
Start gathering and organizing important papers : I.D.s, driver license, Birth Certifcates, Social Security Cards, Marriage certificates, Military Orders ( make sure traveling Dependates are listed), Medical Records, Vehical Titles, Death Certificates, Insurance Papers. these Papers should NEVER be Packed, They should be hand Carried during your travel!      


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