PCSing Things To Do

As a military spouse, you hear this term daily – well, almost daily.  It means Permanent Change of Station AKA relocation. There are always people coming and going when you’re in the military community. My husband, dog, and I recently PCS’d from Florida to Texas. Our first move, after we were married, we were leaving Maryland. My husband just graduated from the Naval Academy and we were newly weds. We were married the day after graduation in CA. Crazy fun trip! Haha.  Our first PCS, we had the Navy help us with that move, but this time, we decided to do the move ourselves.

After our move, I’m still not really sure what I like better. A partial do-it-yourself, aka a dity move, or a full do-it-yourself-everything move. They both have pros and cons. What’d I really like is a chance for my husband and I to drive together, so I’m not so lonely. I’m grateful for cell phones though and that I got Chupa, our Min Pin, in my car with me. She is a mommy’s girl. So cute!

After this move, I decided that my husband and I should make a list of things that we need to do before we move and a list of things to do when we move to our new place. I thought sharing it would help… Yes, I did write down hygiene supplies because on our move, I packed my deodorant up in a box and placed it on the U-Haul somewhere. Whoopsies.


  1. Tell landlord (30 day notice – give them copy of orders)
  2. Cancel internet (give fwd address)
  3. Cancel water (give fwd address)
  4. Cancel electricity (give fwd address)
  5. Cancel allotment (if have it set-up)
  6. Set-up carpet cleaning/look at moving check-out list from landlord/ fill in nail holes
  7. Get boxes/tape/ or set-up Navy movers
  8. Start eating all fridge food and stock up on water bottles if you have Navy movers help
  9. Weigh empty cleaned vehicles
  10. Pack personal bags
    • Bathroom supplies (I.e deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, shampoo/conditioner, razor, epilator, some makeup, face wash, makeup remover, nail file, body soap)
    • Blow dryer & hair tools
    • Flight suit & khakis
    • Running shoes
    • Church clothes & shoes & tie
    • Undies
    • Pants
    • Shirts
    • Sweatshirt
    • Socks
    • iPod charger
  11. Plan route of travel with pet-friendly hotel stops & weigh scales at the destination
  12. Picture of family on day of move-out
  13. Bring family binder & pistols in car


  1. Find a place & sign lease
  2. Change of address
    • USPS (typically takes 7-9 days to take effect)
    • Navy branch clinic
    • County auditor (election ballots and such)
    • Insurance, such as USAA
    • Bank, such as Navy Fed
    • USNA Alumni
    • BYU Alumni
    • Home Again
    • And other companies (magazines, etc) that would need your new address
  3. Set-up electricity
  4. Set-up water
  5. Set-up internet
  6. Sanitize house (Clean clean clean it before moving things in!)
  7. Move-in inspection
  8. Picture of family on day of move-in

*If you have any other items that should be added to the list, let me know! Thanks. This list is still in the works too. I am sure we forgot some things.


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