As the time to pack our goods for the trip to Korea nears, I have researched what to pack in what shipment. For those that don’t know you have 2 different shipments of goods when you move overseas. Your express or hold shipment will travel the fastest and reach you first. Your second shipment will take longer to reach you. Then of course there is what you can take with you in your suitcases when you travel. What do you pack in each? Well here’s the recommendations I’ve found based on the experiences of other spouses, bloggers and recommended resources.
Keep in mind your weight limit will vary based on your own orders. This can vary by service, rank, family size and location so be sure to adapt these lists to meet your needs. There should be some sort of loan program available at your new duty station where you can borrow items you have forgotten, have not arrived or you have had to leave in storage. Keep in mind at busy times of the year these items may be in high demand.
What to Pack in Your Household Goods (HHG) Shipment
This shipment is the one that will take a while, it’s also the one where most of your goods will be. Pack the stuff you can do without and the majority of your things here.
- Small kitchen appliances
- All the rest of your cooking gear (specialized pans, etc)
- The rest of your plates, dishes, silverware etc
- The rest of your clothes
- Extra blankets, pillows, and sheets
- Extra towels
- Large Furniture (chairs, couches, loveseat, etc)
- Sports/exercise gear (the big stuff)
- Guest bed
- decorations & artwork
- dining table & chairs
- The rest of your games, entertainment, electronics, etc
What to Pack in Your Express/Hold Shipment
This shipment will get to you relatively quickly. Pack the things you will want to have shortly after arriving, your necessities. Ask yourself: What would I bring to college?
- Plates, silverware, and dishes
- Some pots and pans
- Some Mugs, cups and glasses
- a few Bath towels
- a few sets of sheets & blankets
- Kitchen towels & pot holders
- Kitchen necessities (Wine bottle opener, bottle opener, can opener, sharp knife or two, etc)
- A mop/broom/vacuum
- Mattresses w/ accessories (pad, box spring)
- Folding chairs, small tables (until your other stuff arrives)
- Small, simple tool set (hammer, pliers, etc)
- sports or exercise gear
- Coffee maker
- Desktop Computer w/ accessories (cords, printer, etc)
What to Pack in Your Suitcases & Carry Ons
This is what you will want with you when you arrive. These are your necessities! Be sure to pack all items you MUST have upon arrival or en route!
- Your important documents (include IDs, wallet, cash, passports, travel information, contact information, copies of Orders, etc)
- Personal toiletries
- Medications & small first aid accessories (bandages and the like)
- Clothing for travel and arrival (plan for hotter or cooler weather than you are used to as well as a variety of events such as more formal occasions, swimming, etc)
- Shoes for travel and arrival (a pair of casual shoes, formal, and utility should do)
- Entertainment for the trip and arrival until your next shipment comes (books, magazines, toys, laptops, tablets, mp3 players, etc)
- Chargers for all electronics you are bringing with you (with adapters if needed)
- Valuables you are not shipping or storing
- Any specialized gear you might need (child seats, health related equipment, things for your pets etc)
- Inflatable mattress/sleeping bag pads w/ sheets/blankets (Just in case you get your place before you get any furniture.)
- Pillows/travel pillows
Remember, while traveling you might face weight restrictions. For example, Patriot Express flights limited our baggage to 2 pieces of luggage plus carry on & personal item (purse, diaper bag,etc), and the baggage had a maximum weight of 70lbs. If you go over such restrictions you may have face extra fees for heavy bags, or extra checked bags. Be sure you weigh your bags ahead of time to avoid unexpected expenses.