Military PCS moves are the source of endless controversy and discussion in the military community. DITY or let the movers pack you? Tip them or buy them lunch? Bribe them with your leftover booze or pack it in your car?
But all of those questions pale in comparison with the mother of all military PCS move questions: Do you, or do you not, let them pack your underpants and other, ahem, sensitive items?
We know you expect SpouseBuzz to provide you with hard-hitting news from the spouse world and posts that make you feel like you're not alone. But sometimes we just need to talk about important life questions, like underwear. And things kept near underwear. And whether or not movers should be meddling with those kinds of things.
Basically, you have two options: let them pack it or pack it yourself. We can see both sides of this equation. On the one hand, just let the folks do their jobs. On the other hand, is messing with your bedroom items really anyone's job but yours? (I'm just saying.)
If you decide to let them pack everything, consider a few of these tips from a "seasoned spouse."
- Pack your unmentionables in plastic ziplock bags so they aren't touched by other hands.
- Hide things you don't want to be seen inside other items, like sweatshirts or t-shirts.
- Ask for a box and pack them yourselves, making sure to use lots of paper just like they do. (Note: when packing your own boxes the moving company may not be held responsible if they lose it. But honestly, are you going to claim them in detail on a loss form if they lose that box?)
If you take them with you, use some caution when packing them. For example, if you're going to be stopping anywhere along the way, make sure the things you want to be kept hidden, stay hidden. The last thing you want is your toddler coming out with something on their head when visiting your in-laws.
Ultimately, it's your choice and there isn't a wrong answer. And it may seem like a silly question, but it's these kinds of questions that keep us up at night.
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