4 Easy Ways To Prepare For A Military Packout
by Heather Goffrier
Every year, movers pack up thousands of military families’ belongings and prepare them for transport. A military packout can be an extremely stressful time, especially when you have to prepare for driving across the country, cleaning the house, “camping” at home or staying in a hotel, checking out of a command, and all the other details involved in a move.
Getting ready for your military packout is an important step in relieving stress and helping things run smoothly. Check out this infographic for 4 easy ways to prepare. Be sure to Pin it to save for when your PCS comes around!
1. Purge, Donate, Sell
Get rid of everything you don’t want to use or store in your new location. It’s SO much easier to get rid of stuff now before they pack and load everything. Think of each donation as one more thing you don’t have to unpack! Plus, you may be able to make a bit of money from selling items on ebay or craigslist.
Use clear plastic bins and Ziploc Bags to store your stuff and keep it together. Large ziplocs are great because you can put so many more things inside including clothes, linens, baby toys, etc. Clear bins are a must so you can easily see what’s inside. If you have to search bin after bin to find something, it gets really annoying! Labels are great too, but sometimes they get hidden. So I highly recommend see-through!
3. Set Aside Valuables
Identify items you do NOT want on the moving truck. Choose a plastic tub, and in it place valuables, files, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic silverware and paper plates. Depending on what kind of items you have, you may want more than one bin. Keep these set aside so you can bring them in your car on the move. Just don’t do what we did one time and lose the box!
4. Feed Your Packers
On packout day, feeding lunch to your packers can help them stay energized, positive, and give them a reason to treat your stuff well. Plan ahead by picking out a few fast food options, and even let them make the final decision on the big day, if you want. Popular meals are sandwiches, burgers, or pizza. (At Subway, definitely get yourselves some cookies to keep a smile on your faces hee hee!)
Follow these tips and your military packout day will go much more smoothly and be less stressful!
What tips did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!