How to Handle Your Household Goods When Moving Overseas

Family unpacks their belongings as they move into an apartment

When visions of a cat wearing a top hat, balancing on a ball and juggling a slew of household items enter your mind, you've either just received your overseas orders or you've read the same children's book too many times. Moving outside the continental United States, or OCONUS, is a lot more involved than a stateside move. If you just received your overseas orders, it's time to get packing — literally — and follow some simple steps to get your household goods where they need to go, when you need them. Start here:

  • Start planning your move as soon as you get orders.
  • Request a sponsor, who can give you inside information on your new location.
  • Create a personalized moving calendar through Plan My Move.
  • Learn your weight limits and how and what to pack — your relocation programs and sponsor can help.

These first steps can get you started, but to learn more about OCONUS moves, read more.

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