Packing list for Unaccompanied Baggage

May 2, 2012

Military Life, Moving

When our military family moved overseas, we were able to pack two shipments.

One called “Household Goods” (HHG:the bulk of things) that takes around 2 months to arrive,
and another called “Unaccompanied Baggage” (UB: ~1,000 pounds) which travels by air and arrives faster.

Today I’ve been working on my lists.

Things to do in Germany.
Things to do for the move.
Things to set aside for our baggage.
Things to set aside for our suitcases.

Lists are good... #milspouse #movingseaon

So, I thought I’d share what I have so far, and ask if anyone has any suggestions!

Note: Because so many families in our town are PCSing (PCSing = Permanent Change of Station AKA moving to a new place)  in the next few weeks, we will be staying in our quarters after our two shipments are packed out. There just isn’t enough room at lodging, so we get to camp out in our house with government furniture.  (I’m pretty excited about this because I have a few fantastic neighbors I know I can bug if we need a steak knife or run out of toilet paper or something!)  Also just an FYI – usually when moving from the US to an overseas location, you pack out the UB first, then HHG. But when moving from overseas back to the US, we pack our HHG first and then our UB just before we leave.

–Unaccompanied Baggage–
Pots + Pans + Cookie sheet
Coffee Maker
Small bin of toys
Tool Box + extension cord
Table Cloth
Welcome sign
Clothespins + drying rack
Laundry Baskets
Bath towels
Portable DVD Player with DVDs
Vacuum + bags
Buckets + wash cloths
Computer printer + paper
Double Stroller

One stuffed toy per child
Computers + camera
Ipods + all chargers
PCS binder <— very important!!!
MY hairdryer + curling iron

–Ask a friend to mail after we leave–
Remaining Curtains
Bed sheets + blankets
Beach towels
Car Seats


Ok – so tell me – What did I forget? :)

Please feel free to share your wacky moving stories of things that were – or weren’t – packed in the right place!



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17 Responses to “Packing list for Unaccompanied Baggage”

  1. whiskey tango foxtrot Says:

    I am PCSing with my hubby to Germany next week! Any tips?!

  2. Jackie Says:

    Don’t forget to remove ink from the printer. We forgot on the last move – oops! There was some messy leakage. Also take batteries out of any equipment – a few months + heat can turn out badly. Good luck!
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  3. Sidnie Says:

    Why do you have “welcome sign” in your UB? Just to make things homey? I kind of snickered when I read that.

    And I know we’ve had this discussion a million times, but our car seats go on the plane with us. No way I’m flying without them. You. Are. Brave.

    The next 4 weeks can go by really. slow. because 1. I don’t want you to leave and 2. I don’t want to have to DO THIS! :)
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    • Ann Marie @ Household6 Diva Says:

      HA – HA! YES I want my “Welcome to the Detavernier’s” to be one of the LAST things that leaves our home in Germany and one of the FIRST things I hang in our new home in Texas!! :)

      Car seats – Yes we’re lucky to have Mum mum meeting us with car seats on the other side of the pond!

  4. Pattie Says:

    Funny, because I *did* take the ink out of the printer before PCSing to Alaska, and what a mess!! It leaked much worse than if I’d left it in. (That printer died a couple months later, so who knows if it might not just have been OLD.)
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  5. Nicole Says:

    Thank You Ann Marie!!! I awoke this morning to my daughter announcing to the house, “30 days until Unaccompanied Baggage Pickup!” I was already working on my list, but your post gives me a huge headstart! We are going to Ramstein/K-town area from JBLM, WA. Thank you again for all your inspirations and time.

  6. The New "Normal" Says:

    Oh my, I would not even know where to begin!! As much as I wish we were Active Duty at times so that we could move around, I have never thought about all that it requires and the hassle I’m sure it is! You amaze me! Good luck on this adventure! Keeping you in my prayers for safe travel (and lots of patience! :)
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  7. Jennifer Leask Says:

    No matter how much you plan when you are moving, you are bound to forget something – I think we have lost things each time we have moved, so I wish you luck!

  8. Jared Says:

    Make your upcoming trips as hassle-free as possible by considering a few important things before heading out on your next trip. The following tips will help you pack for your next trip..

  9. Maryden25 Says:

    That is what I hate about packing! Especially messy! Unfortunately I was able to do that yesterday, and guess what happened? Ink was all over my face! Lol!
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  10. Tara Says:

    plates, silverware, cups to drink out of….
    I actually pack my entire kitchen in UAB.
    books for the kids to read (maybe some for you?)
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  11. Angie Says:

    AM, do you have multi-taskers in the kitchen you can substitute some of your pots and pans for? There is a grill on the market that has plates that reverse so you can use one side to make pancakes, eggs, other skillet meals, and then can reverse the plates to make waffles. Something handy to have not only in moves like this but when you travel with a lot of kids. A toaster oven also is good to have instead of toaster, you can make toast, heat up pizza, toast up any variety of pizza margerite (zucchini slices with tomatoes basil olive oil), bagel pizzas, etc.

    These 2 things together can eliminate many pots and pans and if you are in a place with no stove are life savers (waiting for housing in a hotel possibly). Here’s a sample of the griddle I’m talking about:

    Edelweiss in Garmisch is on your list – yay!! We stayed there during my husband’s RnR and it is awesome!! I hope you have the bulk of your to do list done before you start adventuring so you can just ENJOY!! Have fun together in your last weeks in Europe!!

  12. Angie Says:

    And something like this pot can give you many meals with just one container. Heat up water, boil eggs, heat up soups, stews, etc. Again, helpful if you’re in a place without a stove because it’s electric.

  13. Samantha Says:

    When we PCS’d my crockpot was a life saver! For all those days when we were house hunting & didn’t want fast food…again! Also, I packed a set of sheets in our luggage, which I was so glad for since the sheets on our bed in TLF gave my hubby & I both a rash after the first night! I took a couple days before the movers were coming & paid attention to everything I used on a pretty much daily basis & that’s what I added to our UB! Cooking utensils & one dish, silverware set & cup per person was nice too & cut down on our disposable plates & plastic ware & such! We packed a bunch of Tupperware-like containers too that we could eat out of & store food as normal as possible while waiting for our HHG! I felt like the more “normal” you can make it the easier the transition for everyone! Best of luck!

  14. Jodi Says:

    I am David, Sidnie’s husbands cousin. I saw you said you were moving to Texas, be ready for the heat. We are already in the 90′s!


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