How To Prepare for Military Relocation

Moving or relocating can be extremely difficult depending on how you handle the situation and on how you prepare for it. Not only is it physically demanding since you'll literally pack your things and do some lifting, it is also mentally and emotionally challenging, especially for your family.

Despite its difficulty, relocating can be a truly rewarding adventure for your family if you know how to psyche them up for the task and if you follow these simple tips:

  1. Prior to moving, making a to-do list helps make your every move well organized. This eliminates the possibility of you forgetting any important detail on the relocation. If your list becomes to long, it is better to classify the things that can be associated in one grouping so you will have a more organized to-do list.
  2. Keep communication lines open between you and your family. Know everything you need to prepare and if it isn't provided to you, ask about it. There is a Relocation Readiness Program provided to military personnel and family members when relocating. Make sure every necessary paper work is secured and filed out prior to the day of relocation to avoid the hassle of going back and forth just to fix what could have been fixed today.
  3. Learn about the new place you're moving into. This means you have to do some extra research about the important places and authorities in town like the fire department, police station, the nearest grocery store, auto repair shops, hardware stores and other important matters to know before moving. It may be high time for you to contact friends or relatives living at the new area or near it to ask firsthand information about the essential facts about the place. You may also do online lookups or by reading the local news in the area to keep yourself informed.
  4. Talk to your family about the importance of the relocation. There really isn't a fixed formula on how to do it as this depends on a lot of factors like the communication lines within your family and your relationship with the kids etc. Just be honest in telling them about it and they'll most likely understand. When dealing with teenagers who are fairly more difficult to deal with, it is better to acknowledge their initial resistance and explain why this relocation is of high value to you and your family. You may encourage them to join you during the relocation briefings so they'll feel part of this life-changing process. If you have young children, talking to them is still a necessary task but be sure to show them pictures or tell them nice stories about the new place since most kids appreciate such methods.
  5. Manage your preparation time well. Cramming is a very tempting habit, especially if the projected number of luggage and bags to pack are minimal to moderate. But the sooner you finish packing your stuff, the better. This avoids any unwanted results later on. For things you can't handle alone like fragile appliances or very heavy stuff, you may call friends to come over and help out.


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