Unaccompanied Baggage Packing List

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  • Unaccompanied baggage is a small shipment that will fly on a space available status and usually arrives within 4-6 weeks.
  • This is where you need to pack the “essentials” that will get you through the first few months before your household goods arrive.
    • Some people choose not to send unaccompanied baggage and send only household goods. Personally I would not want to put all of my eggs in one basket. Plus there are those few unlucky people that have to wait six months for their household goods to arrive.
  • You may not be given exact weight limit, however it is best to keep it under a few hundred pounds.
  • This shipment may also be your best opportunity to send liquids and food items. We were able to send our “sealed” toiletries and unopened food items. I placed all liquids in gallon Zip-loc bags and all food items in large plastic storage containers.
  • Keep in mind that many kitchen items (utensils, cookware, dishware) can be borrowed from the ACS lending closet on base.

What Should I Send?

  • Bedding: pillows, sheets, blankets, air mattress, air pump, sleeping mat, sleeping bags
  • Bathroom: towels, bath rug, shower curtain and rings, bath loofah
  • Cleaning: mop, broom, bucket, dish brush, toilet brush
  • Dinnerware/Cookware: a set of dishes for each person, glasses, mixing bowl, colander, skillet, sauce pan, large pot, cookie sheet, cake pan, bread pan, pizza pan, casserole dish, oven mitt, dish towels, dish drainer, food storage containers, cutting board, drink pitcher, microwave dish cover
  • Utensils: silverware, silverware organizer, chef’s knife, bread knife, steak knives, spatula, whisk, serving spoon, can opener, wine bottle opener, cheese slicer, measuring cups/spoons, apple slicer, tea steeper
  • Clothes: extra clothes, coats, gloves, scarves, extra shoes, rain boots (for Italy in the fall), house slippers (for cold floors!) extra hangers (for clothing in checked baggage), laundry basket, laundry bag, fashion jewelry, hanging shoe and clothing organizers (for when you receive wardrobes)
  • Electronics: printer, wireless router, universal adapter set (if you already have one)
  • Outdoor: toolkit, flashlight, camping chairs, bicycles, bike rack, bike accessories, bike locks, bike helmet, tire tubes, water bottles, air pump
  • Pet Essentials: flea and tick medication, heartworm medication, pick up bags, toothpaste, toothbrush, nail clippers, toys, pet bed, pet food container
  • Food and Liquids: most moving companies will say they don’t accept food or liquids, but usually you can get away with sending it as unaccompanied baggage. I would recommend Zip-loc bagging all items  and place them inside of plastic storage containers.
  • Professional Gear: ALL military gear and uniforms. Note: This does not count against your weight limit.

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