When you or one of your family members are in the U.S. military, you know that moving is something you’ll have to deal with sooner or later, and often more than once. Whether it’s a change of duty station or a permanent change of station (PCS), moving is a part of life in the military. The good news is that means you’re not the first person who’s had to deal with a military move, and moving with the military doesn’t have to be too much of a chore.

There is a lot of good advice out there that can help make moving with the military as painless as possible. Much of it is the same advice that applies to any other move. Try to keep your move as organized as possible by clearly labeling all boxes and other items, and keep a property inventory of what you have and where it’s at. This will be especially important if your move takes more than a few days. Sometimes you’ll end up with some of your belongings at the new location, while others are still back at the old place. Keeping a property inventory that tells you what you’ve got and where to find it can be a lifesaver.

If you or your family member receives an order to move, it should be accompanied by a transportation briefing that’ll go over some of what you can expect from the move, and help you to sort out any questions you might have. Planning ahead can help make a move a lot less painless, and if you look online you can find detailed checklists for planning your move starting three months in advance and going up to the day of. But don’t forget that in the military, as in every other part of life, plans sometimes change—so it’s also important to stay flexible.

Whether you’re moving with the military or just relocating on your own, self-storage can take a lot of the worry and frustration out of the game. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving to a smaller place, don’t know how long you’ll be at your new digs, or simply don’t want to haul your boat, your yard gnomes, or all your old Christmas decorations halfway across the country, self-storage can take care of your belongings until you come back to pick them up. Military self-storage can keep your items safe and secure, whether it’s your grandma’s old knick-knacks or your brand new motorcycle.

Military self-storage from Storage ‘R’ Us is always secure, with 24-hour digital video, fenced and walled perimeters, and computer controlled gate access. But as with anything else, it’s always a good idea to pick up some additional insurance to cover your valuables if the worst should ever happen. So whether you’re moving with the military or just making a change, call Storage ‘R’ Us today and let us help make your move as smooth as it can be.