Open Road Challenge: 4 PCS Tips For Military Families 

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It’s August. It’s hot. We’ve all been stuck inside. Tackle the stress brought on by the pandemic, PCS (permanent change of station) season, and other challenges you may be facing this summer with Team RWB and TrueCar’s Open Road Challenge

We’ve got your back with some key PCS tips below, and don’t forget to join us for a guided meditation as part of our Open Road Challenge.

Make a PCS Binder
Moving includes a lot of moving pieces and one way to help keep track of it all is to create a PCS binder to keep all of your important documents together. Your binder should include things like passports, birth certificates, vehicle documents, and any other important documents. For more tips on creating a PCS binder, check out this list from NextGen Milspouse!

Declutter
Empty boxes to old computers and electronics? That vase you’ll never use? Busted lamp? Before you start packing it’s important to declutter your home. Not only will this help you get a fresh start when you unpack at your new home, but it can also help you stay within your weight allowance. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months or if you haven’t even unpacked it from your last PCS – you probably don’t need it.

Plan your road trip
If your PCS will be by car, be sure to plan your road trip ahead of time. It’s always good to know your route, identifying the fastest and most efficient for you and your family. It’s also important to build in enough time for rest and overnight stays if necessary. You don’t want to get caught in a pinch on the road at night! You can even set aside to stretch with our Open Road Challenge stretches.

Self-care
Moving is one of the most stressful life events, and it’s no secret that military families move more often than civilian families. During this stressful time, it’s important to take some time for yourself and focus on mindfulness. If you’re looking for a way to relax, check out our Open Road Challenge guided meditation. 

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