When I found out I would be relocating to Germany from Fort Bragg, NC, I went through every emotion possible from excited, to sad, to scared, to back to excited again. What will it be like to live in another country? Will I be able to understand anyone ? How often will I be able to come back to the states to visit my family ? Hey..how far away is Paris anyway...and who's gonna shop with me ? Just when I got used to the idea, I was reminded that making a military move has a lot of moving parts and sometimes those parts aren’t moving in the same direction as you. International moves can be a tricky thing, but with a few tips you can minimize the stress and make it a smooth transition.
⭆ Make sure you have all your important documents handy ie., Birth Certificates, Marriage License, Social Security Cards
You will need all of these to apply for your passport
⭆Begin thinking about what you will need to be comfortable while waiting for the rest of your household goods to arrive.
Estimated arrival times are between 45 to 60 days, usually by boat.
⭆ Decide what you may want to leave behind in storage.
Homes in Germany for instance, are smaller than average home sizes in the U.S. Big bulky furniture may not fit.
⭆ Do you have pets...??? They will need to be microchipped.
This can be done at your vet usually for around $45, but talk to your vet for specific pricing information
These are just a few things that you can do to prepare for you new life abroad. Most importantly don’t forget to embrace the excitement and get ready for all the new experiences coming your way. Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to prepare for a photo shoot, under the Eiffel Tower...!