“I have been trying to get ready for this upcoming PCS and I keep hearing about adding labels to the boxes. What labels are my friends taking about? Will these labels get my items back to me if they are lost? I am so confused… does the Army provide these to us?”
~Confused Army Wife~
Dear Confused Army Wife:
This is actually a really great question and one I see all the time on our Lost During My PCS group. Adding a label to your boxes will not guarantee they will not be lost in the PCS, or that if they are lost they will be returned. However, the labels are a great way to assist if your boxes are lost during a PCS. Here is an example of the labels I use when we PCS:
I make sure it has the following information:
- My spouse’s last name (he is the service member).
- Where we PCS from and to… Fort Bragg to Fort Carson.
- When we PCSed… December 2015 (Our HHGs did NOT go into storage).
- The moving company assigned to us that moved our HHGs… Mayflower Moving and Storage.
- Our phone number (this makes it easier for anyone to contact us directly).
I also color-code the labels to match which room they came from. For example, I always make the kitchen red, so all the labels on the kitchen boxes have a red border. I also state on the label Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, Kids Bedroom, Garage, etc.
I use a simple program like canva.com to create my labels and I print them from home. This saves money, and remember when PCSing saving money is a MUST!
Having all of this information on every box that leaves your home can save you tine if by chance the box is lost during the PCS. Like I stated before: Is this a guarantee method…? nope. But, it sure can help.
Happy PCSing Confused Army Wife!