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Plan My Move

Last week, after a successful yard sale, I silently wished that someone would just tell me exactly what I needed to do for this move. I was growing tired of making random to-do lists, and I kept getting more and more confused with all the paperwork my husband brought home. Luckily, my silent plea came true minutes later in the form of an email about a new DoD service specifically for PCS planning.

The service is called Plan My Move, and once I saw all it offered, the stress melted away. I hope I don’t sound too much like an infomercial, but I’m truly impressed and excited about using it (and no, I’m not getting paid to say any of this).

Basically, Plan My Move features a three-month, customizable calendar created specifically for your move and your family’s needs to almost every military installation around the world. It provides day-to-day tasks that you can modify as much or as little as you would like. And what I especially like is that it lets you change, move, remove, or add your own tasks to the calendar, as well as the ability to print it out and/or download it to your computer.

Plan My Move is fantastic just with the calendar alone, but it goes above and beyond by creating several lists that you can print out and keep with you. The to-do list coordinates with the calendar, and the travel and arrival checklists will be extremely handy closer to the actual move. One of the coolest aspects it has is the “Important Telephone Numbers” feature. Not only does it list the current numbers for the station you’re currently located at, but it also provides you with those need-to-know numbers for the next duty station.

But wait, there’s more! Plan My Move has a plethora of information right at your fingertips. Every task on the calendar is linked with an in-depth explanation and specific contact information pertaining to that particular task. There’s info on how to make your own personal inventory of your belongings, tips about researching schools near your new station, SOFA agreement info, must-know facts about traveling with pets, and so much more. I’m still amazed at all the help and guidance I’m gaining just from a simple calendar to-do list. I’m telling you: weight off my shoulders!

So far, I haven’t had any problems using Plan My Move, and even though my calendar doesn’t officially start until June (three months before our estimated departure), I’m enjoying pressing the “remove” button for completed tasks and preparing for future tasks.

The things I’ve mentioned here are just a small taste of what Plan My Move offers; I’m finding new features and information every time I log on. Have you used Plan My Move yet? What do you think about it so far?

photo source: mil8

About Jessica Lynn

Two years ago, Jessica Lynn married her Air Force husband and moved from her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to join him across the country in Georgia. If getting married and embarking on the life of an Air Force wife wasn't enough of an adventure, they recently traded in their Georgia peaches and for pasta and wine when her husband got orders to Northern Italy.

No longer a PCS virgin, Jessica is already gearing up for her second PCS in two years. When she's not twiddling her thumbs waiting for more answers about their upcoming move, you can find her learning Italian so she can have a conversation with her 90-year-old neighbor, traveling as much as time and money will allow, hanging out with her husband and puppy, and blogging about her OCONUS adventures at Jessica Lynn Writes.