U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II

Famed psychologist Elizabeth Kubler Ross established five stages of grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We're pretty confident she was talking about the loss of a loved one or dealing with your own mortality, but we're also pretty sure the stages can be applied to PCSing.

Moving is definitely traumatic. Especially when you actually like where you're stationed… Here are the five stages of grief as applied to PCSing.

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U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski

Tis the season to be PCSing and whether you're feeling super ambitious and flying solo with a DITY move or you've lined up some questionably trained movers to come pack up your life, we want to make this move your easiest.

Take it from someone whose movers packed the leftover Chinese food from the night before that was in a plastic bag next to the door to take to the trash chute (super fun to unpack that nastiness in Guam three months later), packing is essential.

Here are five of our best packing hacks to help you live your best PCS life.

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Photo courtesy of Warrior Dog Foundation.

PCSing can bring a whirlwind of emotions for the entire family, and it can be especially difficult for those that don't have a voice. I don't just mean our children.

Well, in a way they are our children. I'm talking about our pets! Integral members of the family, yet impossible to have a conversation with about what is happening when the three little letters – PCS – disrupt everything they've known. While we can't prevent it, we can help ease the transition for our furriest members of the family. Here are our tips for moving with pets.

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While the average number of cars per family in America has decreased over the past 10 years, there are still many military families that own two or more vehicles. (Note, for the purpose of this conversation, we're only talking about automobiles.) So how do military families move multiple cars to the next duty station in the most cost-efficient and stress-free manner?

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lauren Matia Deal

Every military family has thought about doing a Personal Procured Move (PPM) or DITY move at some point along the way. Was it the time the screws to the crib were lost, or you had to sleep on the air mattress for the 14th night in a row? For our family, it was when only half of our HHG arrived at the new duty station. We had a dining room table with no chairs, office chair without a desk, box springs sans the mattress. It took another two weeks to get the issue resolved. Two weeks! And after hearing PCS horror stories from other military families, we realized how lucky we were!

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Livingston

"Honey, I have news," is how the conversation always starts. But the hard part is when news of a military move involves an unaccompanied tour. In the Army, the most common unaccompanied tour destination is Korea. More and more military families make the decision not to follow their spouse for a variety of reasons.

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