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10 Last-Minute PCS Tips

It is go time! You have been anticipating and preparing for your PCS for months now, and it is finally upon you. Your moving checklist is nearly complete, but here are a few things you may have overlooked in the throes of another military relocation:

1. Submit your change of address form with the post office, which you can easily do online. If you wait until the last minute, you may want to leave a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope with the new occupants to forward any items that come before the change takes effect.

2. Pick up copies of medical records for the entire family, including your pets.

3. Refill all current prescriptions or request a transfer of your scripts to a pharmacy at your new destination.

4. Return library books and rented DVDs.

5. Cancel any local memberships, such as your gym.

6. Pick up any dry cleaning, special orders, or photos you have outstanding in the local area.

7. Retrieve spare keys or garage door openers you have left with local neighbors.

8. Share coupons or punch cards for local vendors with neighbors and friends.

9. Purchase your favorite local items that you may not be able to find at your new destination.

10. Organize and keep important documents, phone numbers, maps, and travel information in a safe, secure location that can be easily accessed while you are on the move!


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