When you are in the process of preparing for your overseas PCS, it can be stressful and tough. From knowing what to pack and what to do to the fear of the unknown; you may be traveling halfway across the world to a country you know nothing about. The best way to prepare for such moves is to create a list of things you need to keep in mind and manage when planning your trip. We provide a breakdown of information of military relocation, PCS’ing and the best practices.
What to Do Before an Overseas Order
When you have to relocate, the enormity of such a task requires significant forward planning. Before an order is received, there are things that you can do make the process less stressful and ensure you have all your ducks in a row.
Upon Awaiting Your Orders the Following List should be Determined
Do your research and obtain as much information as you can. Many military branches will offer staff practical resources and the details on preparing for a move.
If you are traveling to a country you have never visited or know very little about, invest in research. It is important that the necessary information concerning the culture, travel, available amenities and clinics are determined close to where you will be living. It is also a good idea to learn a few basic terms to ease your means of communication.
Take time to update your legal and personal details to avoid any delays and security issues upon your journey.
Once Orders are initiated
An international screening of a military family is needed. Your screening includes updated health checks, vaccinations and bloodwork needed for approval before you travel. Documentation will be issued as proof.
Create a plan for the storage of goods including valuables that need to be shipped overseas and items that will be kept in storage.
For military families traveling on orders, you are eligible to apply for a no charge passport. This is beneficial to travel to and from the country when you are participating in a PCS move. Personal passports are still required for security travel reasons.
Rent your accommodation for a short period until you find a home you enjoy can afford and feel safe in upon your international move.
A Few Weeks before Your Move
Take time to ensure you have packed all your travel documents including easy access to these items when traveling with children.
Carefully label the boxes and items that need to be shipped. One the professional movers arrive, provide a breakdown of the items that are going to be shipped.
Take a step back to relax and breathe. It is a big change that you are making but it is important that you follow through with your planning for a smooth and trouble free transition.