Military moving is a little more involved than “normal” household moving – especially when there’s reimbursement and things like weight tickets involved. And when you add moving to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska to the mix, it can get even more complex. But don’t worry; I’ve got some great advice and tips to make your PCS to Elmendorf AFB easy and stress-free.
Tips and advice for moving to Elmendorf Air Force Base
Plan how you’re going to move. When you get your Permanent Change of Station orders (PCS orders) to move to Elmendorf AFB, the first thing you’ll need to do is decide how to move your belongings there. While you could have the government arrange a full-service move for you, I suggest doing a PPM – Personally Procured Move (also known as DITY move) with U-Pack® instead. With a PPM move, you’re in control of your move. And, it’s likely you’ll end up getting to pocket some of your PPM allowance, too! Get a moving quote now for your PCS move.
Plan how to get to Anchorage. I don’t know about you, but driving a big rental truck along the extremely lengthy ALCAN Highway doesn’t sound like too much fun to me. Plus, you have to abide by Canada’s moving regulations. I also wouldn’t want to wait 4-6 weeks for my belongings to arrive at the base, either, which is known to happen with government-arranged moves. The best choice to get your belongings to Alaska is with U-Pack. All you do is pack, load, and unload your belongings while U-Pack takes care of all the transportation. Here’s how PCSing to Elmendorf works with U-Pack:
- You load your belongings on the moving equipment U-Pack brings direct to your door.
- U-Pack moves your belongings to the port in Tacoma, WA, where they will set sail for Anchorage.
- Once your belongings arrive in Anchorage, U-Pack will pick them up and deliver them direct to you at Elmendorf.
- You unload your belongings, then call U-Pack to pick up the empty equipment.
Get a free moving quote from U-Pack now to see how you can save moving to Elmendorf Air Force Base.
Now you can decide to take on the ALCAN Highway in your own vehicle, fly, or take a Ferry via the Alaska Marine Highway System to Anchorage. It’s really up to you! U-Pack will take about 10-12 business days to complete your move (other options can take 25-30 days), so be sure to plan accordingly.
Talk to your TMO. Be sure to schedule a meeting early on to talk to your Transportation Management Office (TMO) to square away all details of your move. Let them know you want to do a PPM and get all the details you can to ensure a successful move.
Call U-Pack! Now that you have your moving quote and you’ve been approved for a PPM, you can reserve your move with U-Pack. When you call U-Pack at 800-413-4799, you will need to request that U-Pack give you certified weight tickets for your move. U-Pack is able to provide the weight tickets for an extra fee. Remember, you’ll need the weight tickets in order to get reimbursed. You’ll also want to tell the U-Pack moving representative that you’re booking a military move. This way, you can get the U-Pack military discount, too.
Because U-Pack charges by the amount of space your belongings take up (rather than how much they weigh), the cost of your move with U-Pack is very affordable. And you can keep the money left over from your moving allowance!
Moving to Elmendorf Air Force Base – Tips and Advice
I hope these tips and advice have helped you choose how you are going to move to Elmendorf ABF. For great information about what to expect once you get to the area, download the newcomer’s guide – you’ll find tons of helpful information. Then, call or click to get a free moving quote from U-Pack. You’ll be glad you did.
If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. I’m happy to help!
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