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  • Create a "move file" to store important information and collect receipts for moving- related expenses.

  • Ask the Internal Revenue Service for information about tax deductions on moving expenses and what receipts you'll need to keep (< www.irs.gov >, download the Relocation Income Tax (RIT) form.

  • Make an inventory of possessions and their value. Photograph or videotape as necessary. Engrave possessions with identifying information (see www.knowyourstuff.org ).

  • Begin organizing personal records. For an idea of what records you should keep with you, check out the “Documents to Hand Carry” in the Plan My Move section of Military Homefront .

  • Let clubs or organizations in which you serve know you are leaving.

  • Take care of necessary medical, optical or dental appointments. Obtain a copy of records or find out how to have them forwarded later.

  • If the military member is going Temporary Duty (TDY) in advance of Permanent Change of Station (PCS), have the Navy Legal Services issue a Power of Attorney or letter of authorization to allow the spouse authority to receive Household Goods in the absence of the military member.

  • Go through closets and drawers to sort clothes and other items to give away or sell. Check to see if stored, seasonal clothing is clean. The Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society’s Thrift Shop can use clothing or other items that are in usable condition. Call them at (425)304-3207 for more information.

  • Arrange for disposal of items not sold or donated.

  • Make sure stickers from previous moves have been removed from furniture.

  • Don't place any more mail order purchases.

  • Call billeting at your new duty station to make reservations for temporary quarters. A written notice or copy of orders may be required so be sure to ask.

  • Contact your command regarding permissive TDY or house hunting leave. This leave can also be used to attend to details of family separations when beginning or completing an unaccompanied tour.


  • If planning to vacation en route during peak tourist time, make reservations. Actually, it’s always a good idea to plan out your trip and make all necessary reservations well in advance. It’s usually much easier to change or cancel reservations when your travel plans change. Remember; always ask if there is a fee for canceling reservations.

  • Take care of auto maintenance and repairs.

  • Contact your insurance company concerning auto(s), home and household goods. Find out about coverage on your possessions in transit and storage and about high value items.

  • Have pets checked by vet and vaccinations/inoculations updated. Obtain copy of records. Most shots must be given at least 30 days but not more than one year before move. Check on kennels, quarantines and costs for shipping pets. If traveling by car, will hotels allow your pets in and will there be additional fees? Ask your Relocation Specialist for the “Traveling With Pets” brochure.

  • Close out any local charge accounts.

  • Check expiration date on major credit cards you plan to use during travel.


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