8 Things You Need to Know When You Take an Overseas Posting

  1.  You may or may not be able to take your household goods.   Well, of course you can take your belongings, but you might be extremely limited in your weight allowance.  The good news is that if this is the case, your overseas housing will be furnished.  Make sure you find out what kind of housing you’ll have before you decide what to pack, and pack anything you feel will make your house feel like home.
  2.  You’ll make fast friends, if you are open to it.  Unlike other military posting locations, most of the people you’ll meet will be transplants there, just like you.  So, most people are open to making new friends.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you can make deep connections with new friends.
  3. You can live in a bubble on base, without exploring or getting to know your host country; but why would you want to?  Get out and see what’s beyond the post gates.  See sights, hike, eat new foods.
  4. You can always find someone to explore with you, you just need to ask. Find out how people in the community communicate, most likely a texting app, download it and get involved.
  5. You’ll be able to use the US mail system to shop at most of your favorite online stores.  Walmart, Target and Amazon will still be your go-to shops for your basic needs.
  6. You will have to ship your liquids in your hhg or buy locally.  You can only ship up to 16 ounces per box while you are overseas and using the FPO/APO mail system.
  7. You’ll go through stages of adjustment, starting with complete shock, but you will eventually adjust.  Your attitude can make you or break you, so try to keep a positive perspective.
  8. You’ll figure it all out and probably won’t want to leave at the end of your tour.

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About Commander in Chief At home

Erin is a military spouse and, sometimes temporarily single mom to 4 boys. She's a parenting coach, writer, teacher, special needs (Autism) mom, and much more.
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One Response to 8 Things You Need to Know When You Take an Overseas Posting

  1. Rick says:

    Great, succinct advice!

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