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PCSing Overseas Checklist

Published by Chris Townsend

PCSing Overseas Checklist

PCSing Overseas Checklist

PCSing Overseas Checklist

Moving is a fact of life for military community. Every 2-4 years, military families transfer to a new duty station. Some moves are across the country, while others are around the world. Sometimes the military family gets to come too, and sometimes the service members has to move alone. Whatever the circumstances, moving can be stressful and there are a lot of details to consider.

That’s why the military offers to reimburse or cover the cost of professional moving services. They don’t want you bogged down in the details either.

Moving Military Family Members

Military members are not alone in their transition. There are countless military families who have already made the move to a new home, often times in an entirely different country. Being familiar with the make up of military life will help you cope with this life-changing experience much more easily.

Military spouses may deal with road blocks that aren't normally in the picture when it comes to relocating. Military spouse move a lot and military kids may be forced to transfer schools due to dad's job, making it difficult for them to make friends.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about military families is the concern of safety. It's very important that you all stay safe during this time no matter where you are. Although, with the help of the U.S department of defense's network of support we make sure that the family member of military members get to the host country safely. More so, your property gets to your destination safely, whether it is within the country or outside the US.

Here are some tips for ensuring a smooth transfer to your next duty station:

Reach out to your local transportation office

Your transportation office will be able to provide you with valuable guidance about what you can and cannot bring, as well as the process you must follow.


The U.S. Military offers a centralized website for PCS orders, to guide you through their process. You should visit this website and set up your Defense Property System (DPS) account, where you can schedule your move.

Find out what your household good weight limit is

The weight limit you are assigned will be tied to your rank and if you are bringing dependents. For example, for ranks up to E-4, a service member with a family has a maximum weight allowance of 8000 lbs. for moving household goods overseas, plus 2000 lbs. for work gear for the service member and up to 500 lbs. for work gear for the spouse.

If you don’t need it, leave it

Again, since you can only bring so much weight, you may need to set some priorities for what you take and what you leave behind. Some valuables are best left in storage for the time that you will be gone, and some items just aren’t worth what it would take to move them. Take a realistic look at your household goods and only bring what you need.

Military OneSource offers a Plan My Move tool to provide you with information and valuable guidance about your move.

If you love it, take a picture of it

Take photos of any special or valuable items that you are shipping. Taking photos of these items documents the condition of valuables before they are packed and shipped. This will be important if anything happens to your items and you need to file a claim.

Set aside your hand-carried items

Some items just can’t be left to chance. Irreplaceable items such as documents, heirlooms, family photos, and jewelry should be packed to travel with you. You should also carry with you the items you need for the first week, such as medications or the things your kids can’t live without.

Coordinate with your shipper

As soon as you receive your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, reach out to Three Movers to get started. We can help you manage every step of the process, offering valuable advice about what to pack and how, handling the logistics of the transfer, and ensuring that all of your paperwork is in order. International or domestic, Three Movers have the expertise and connections to get you moved from door to door safely and efficiently.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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