Household Goods Shipments

 

Household Goods: Information and Suggestions for Shipments

MUST KNOW INFORMATION FOR THE SHIPMENT OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS

Effective 12 May 2020, MARADMIN 284/20, provides guidance and health safety screening requirements for household goods shipments to protect the force during relocation. Additional documents and support during a COVID-19 environment are available at: https://www.iandl.marines.mil/Divisions/Logistics-Plans-Policies-Strategic-Mobility-LP/Logistics-Distribution-Policy-Branch-LPD/PCS2/

Once you have been found medically suitable for your overseas tour, please begin the process of setting up your shipment of household goods by visiting www.move.mil to create/update your DPS account.

It is encouraged to perform a self-counseling to reduce friction and facilitate better planning before your final appointment with the Distribution Management Office (DMO) or the Transportation Management Office (TMO).

Funded Orders and a copy of your Approved Area Clearance/Dependent Entry Approval (DEA) may be required to finalize your shipment of Household Goods (HHGs) with DMO/TMO.

When deciding what to bring, please keep in mind that you will be required to complete a 14-day ROM either in a housing unit or on/off-base lodging.

ITEMS NEEDED WHILE IN A 14-DAY ROM WHEN RESIDING IN CONTINGENCY OR PERMANENT HOUSING

Please plan to bring the following items with you or coordinate with your sponsor to secure the items upon arrival.

  • Masks/face coverings - cloth or disposable
  • Bedding (double & twin size sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow casings) and linens.
  • Select baby items (if applicable).
  • Towels and washcloths: enough for each family member.
  • Medication, contact lenses or glasses, and other hygiene items; enough to last while in ROM.
  • Children's entertainment and comfort items (i.e. toys and their personal belongings).
  • Electronic devices such as tablets, laptops to complete virtual check-in requirements while in ROM.
  • Pet food (enough for 14 days) and other pet supplies (if applicable).
  • Cleaning supplies and any other essential items you will need during the 14-day ROM period.
  • *Set of dishes, kitchenware, and cutlery: temporary kitchen kits are available for personnel to borrow through Marine & Family Programs-Resources Centers. Coordinate with your sponsor to secure a kit prior to your arrival.

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE EXPRESS/UNACCOMPANIED BAGGAGE SHIPMENT

  • 42-inch TV or smaller, DVD /Blu-ray Player and a few favorite DVDs.
  • Baby crib or Play Pen. (Item has to be less than 42 inches in diameter when disassembled).
  • Lamps and small fans.
  • Space heater. Some off-base housing units do not have built-in heaters.
  • Additional bedding and linens (double & twin size sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow casings).
  • Set of dishes, kitchenware, cutlery and small appliances (enough for you or your entire family to use).
  • Clothing to include rain gear and summer clothes. Okinawa is extremely hot and humid during the summer time. Packa combination of clothing to include a warm jacket as weather varies dramatically.
  • Additional children’s items (i.e. toys and their personal belongings).
  • Small rugs and a few carpets as tile over concrete is the standard floor in most homes.
  • Any other essential items needed within the first 30-60 days.

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS SHIPMENT

  • Additional clothes and shoes not packed in the express shipment.
  • Additional kitchenware not packed in the express shipment.
  • Bedroom set or mattresses (if you have comfortable ones).
  • Living room set, if not too heavy.
  • Large rugs, carpets, and household/holiday d├ęcor.
  • Bathroom sets such as bathroom rugs, additional towels and shower caddies.
  • Keep books to a minimum unless they are part of your professional equipment.
  • Dehumidifiers are great to have as it is very humid in Okinawa during the spring and summer months.
  • CDs, DVDs, and board games are a must to have during bad weather or Typhoon Season.
  • Anything you will need to live on for the next 2-3 years.
  • Temporary loaner furniture is available for personnel on full JFTR weight allowances. For details, please visit theFurnishings Management website: http://www.housing.af.mil/Units/Okinawa/furnishingsmanagement/.

This serves as general list of suggestions for the shipment of HHGs. For additional policies or weight allowances relating to your HHGs shipment, please contact your local DMO or TMO.