It’s finally feeling real. We’re actually moving to Okinawa.
This past week our unaccompanied baggage was packed and shipped. If you’re new to the USMC life or just overwhelmed with all the incoming info, unaccompanied baggage is the first shipment you send. Ours had a limit of 800 pounds. I believe they give you the weight by calculating the service member (600 lbs) + each dependent over 12 (200 lbs). Since A is only 2, we get 800 lbs.
First things first, you REALLY REALLY should go through and photograph everything of importance and the condition of all furniture. I took pictures of things working if I could and then the serial number. I tried to keep them all in order on my camera so I don’t get confused later. For example: picture of tv working, picture of tv serial number, picture of nespresso coffee pot, picture of nespresso serial number…
To make it easiest on us (and in turn on the movers) I put everything in one room. I picked a room close to the front door/garage so they wouldn’t have to tromp through my house and potentially bang up walls or carpet. I also bagged any screws or parts for what I was sending and taped it to the item with masking tape. Do not use duct tape. It will leave residue. Also make sure you send a screwdriver or whatever tools you need to reassemble the items. Our movers also said they can’t pack clothes in wardrobe boxes so all the hangers had to come off of clothes.
The service member is allowed to take gear and it will not count against his weight limit. I believe the limit is 1000 lbs total. We broke it up into 200 for the UB shipment and 800 for the HHG. We don’t plan on using that much but I had 0 idea how to guess. Just be sure you keep this separate AND make sure they pack it separate. I kept it separate and it still made it into the regular UB shipment. Hopefully we were under weight enough it won’t matter.
So here’s what we included in this shipment:
- Stroller pump
- Card table
- Baby gate
- Dehumidifier hose
- Hiking backpack for A
- A couple tie downs
- Beach chairs
- Rice cooker
- Grocery bags (reusable)
- Clothes hamper
- Hubby’s fancy lunch box
- Small tv with mount
- Dyson handheld with attachements
- Box cutter
- Pyrex baking dishes
- Cutting boards
- Coffee maker
- Coffee filters
- Small storage tub with toys
- Puzzles, sight word game, counting game, place mat, shape game, a few books.
Our movers were…interesting. We’re out in 29 Palms and there are only 2 options as far as I know for movers. We were assigned Cardinal and told they would call for a pre-move survey about a week or two prior to our date. They of course never called so I ended up e-mailing the company in charge who e-mailed them and then it still took a few days for them to contact us. They did everything over the phone which I found odd because our storage shipment is going to Barstow (about 2 hrs away) and they sent a guy to walk through our house. Anyways, I told him what we were planning and he said someone would be out on the day we selected but he didn’t know what time. Of course I had high hopes of them showing up at 8am, being done in an hour and spending the rest of the day running errands. No luck. Two men showed up at 4pm. One driver, one packer. The driver was nice but the packer was a ball of energy. I dunno if he was ready for 5 o’clock or just always like that. He made me nervous but he didn’t seem to do anything wrong. They were in and out in an hour.
We got our Dependent Area Clearance and flights about 2 days after this. I was getting nervous our stuff was going to head to the island and they would tell us we couldn’t go. Lol! Keep on checking with Ipac. They tend to lose paperwork.
Our storage shipment packs tomorrow so I’ll try to check back in afterward.