Moving is always a stressful event, but it can be even more overwhelming for military families who are required to relocate frequently due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. One of the most important aspects of a successful PCS move is organizing important documents. Here are some tips for military families to help them organize their documents for their next PCS move.
The first step is to create a binder or folder specifically for your PCS move. This will be your go-to place for all important documents and information related to the move. You can use a physical binder or folder, or create a digital folder on your computer or in the cloud.
Make sure that all important documents are kept in one place. This will make it easier to find them when you need them. Some of the documents you should include are:
Label everything in your PCS binder or folder. This will make it easier to find what you need quickly. Use dividers to separate different sections of the binder, such as orders, medical records, financial records, and housing records.
Make copies of all important documents, and keep the copies in a safe place. You may need to provide copies of these documents to various agencies and organizations during the moving process, so it’s important to have extras on hand. You might find it beneficial to keep copies online or on a password protected flash drive that you keep safe as well. But, remember, a digital copy should not be your only copy.
Make sure to update your PCS binder or folder regularly. As you receive new documents or information related to your move, add them to the binder or folder. This will ensure that everything is in one place and easy to access when you need it. Keep the binder with you when you PCS. Don’t pack it away or send it with the moving truck. Know where your binder is at all times. These documents are essential for all of your family’s needs.
Organizing important documents for a PCS move can be a daunting task, but it’s essential for a successful relocation. By following these tips and creating a PCS binder or folder, military families can ensure that they have all important documents in one easily accessible place. Remember, the more organized you are, the smoother your move will be!
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Written by Brandy Hall, MSN, RN. Brandy Hall, Nurse Writer, turned a passion for patient teaching into content writing. She teams up with health and wellness providers to improve patient health and relationships. By creating easy-to-understand patient education content, she helps patients understand their health without complex terms and jargon. Now she explores the world through creativity and adventure as a mom and military spouse.