Tips for a Stress-Free Move

moving tipsWhether it’s your first, fifth or eighth move—or whether you are moving across the country or across the world—PCSing (or Permanent Change of Station) is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet new friends, see somewhere different, and have a fantastic adventure. At the same time, it’s a crazy time and it’s easy to forget things.  Here are some moving tips we compiled, to help keep track of those things that are important to you:

  1. Email your new school to find out what skills you will need at the beginning of the year.  This is especially important for math, IB or AP courses.  Connect with the tutors at to make sure your skills are sharp before the first day of school.
  2. Research your new community.  Make sure that if there are deadlines for signing up for sports or other activities, you contact the organization so that you can take part.  If they require tryouts, ask if they will consider a video or a “virtual” tryout via FaceTime or Skype.
  3. Give yourself plenty of time to say goodbye to people.  It can be exhausting, so build in some time to recharge.  Don’t forget to friend your buddies on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or wherever they are online so you can stay in contact.
  4. Stickers are a great way to mark the boxes that go to your room.  You may not have time to create a masterpiece on each one of them, but slap a sticker on them and they are marked for you in seconds.  Pack one box with special things you would like to have as quickly as possible and save a unique sticker for that box.
  5. You can keep up with school work during your move with for Military Families.  Our online tutors are available all year long, so no matter where in the world you’re moving, you can still get help finishing your math homework.  (If you’re an Army family, don’t forget to register for your new Army installation passcode online).

Have a great move and travel safely!

-Jennifer Marsh, Client Services Manager  is a State Department spouse who has moved seven times in 13 years and is about to move again next month with her husband and two children.

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