If you are planning to move to another state or country that’s really cold during the winter months, there are some tips you should consider doing prior to your move, especially if you are currently living in a warm climate year-round. It’s a big lifestyle change but it does have some benefits.
There’s not as many bugs around, less allergies, better sleep and much more. Some simple tips to consider when moving to a cold climate:
• Lotions – You’ll need chap stick, lip balms and other types of hydration lotions to ensure you don’t get chapped lips, skin cuts etc.
• Humidifier – If your new state or country is really cold like in Alaska or parts of the Midwest, a humidifier will come in handy to keep your skin and other things in getting it too dry.
• Clothing – Good to invest in a nice parka with a hood, wool sweaters, thick and high stockings, scarves, cozy gloves and heavy-duty pants.
• Insulated blankets – Make sure to purchase big fluffy blankets and heavy sheets to keep you warm during the night.
Next blog will be part two on how to stay warm when moving to a cold state or country.
Now you know how to move your car overseas but what should you know if you are in the military? Moving is complicated by itself and if you are in the military, you know moving your belongings and family can be quite a challenge. A permanent change of station (PCS) is something every military family will experience eventually.
To make the move a lot smoother, here are some simple tips to keep in mind when heading overseas:
• Personal Property Office (PPO) – Once you receive your PCS, contact the PPO. You might have already done this before but no two moves are alike and they have excellent resources for you. There, you can find your basic entitlements and responsibilities among many other helpful tips. A website you will find useful is the Department of Defense site that offers a lot of basic PCS information.
• Make sure to contact your sponsor or new command once you receive your PCS. Your sponsor can help you get to know your new destination and provide you valuable information about what specific belongings to bring or not to bring. In other words, if you are moving to a country that doesn’t accommodate big-sized furniture, your sponsor will let you know so you can put some of your possessions in storage until your new PCS.
• Need to know your entitlement – Make sure you find out how much weight for your move that the government will pay for you. This is really important to ensure you stay within their budget and yours too so you avoid any extra excessive weight fees or charges.
• Papers in order – Before moving, you will need to make sure you have plenty of copies of your PCS available and stored in a safe location. Be sure to have any letters of authorizations, powers of attorney docs, appraisal of high-priced belongings, video or photo identification of your items, and pertinent insurance policies.
One final tip, always purchase movers’ insurance before you move so that your personal belongings are protected when they are shipped overseas. It will definitely give you peace-of-mind. By following these tips and thoroughly preparing before your move, you will know you did everything in your power to ensure a safe military move.