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#1 PCS Must Have Item

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PCS season is in full swing and if you’re gearing up for a move, I feel for you. Your boxes are packed, the suitcases are jammed in the back of the truck with your dog. But you feel like you’re missing something. There’s one PCS must have item that I’m sure you’re forgetting… Your streaming stick!

Seriously, You’re Worried About TV at a Time Like This

I know, I know…. you’re wondering what I’m smoking. There’s so much to remember (did you pack the kids allergy meds?!) that the last thing you’re thinking of is your streaming stick. Even if you remembered to shove it somewhere, is it easily accessible, nightly?! Seriously, mine is in my makeup bag when I PCS.

Wondering why I say a streaming stick is so important?  Think about it.  You’ll spend several nights on the road and who knows how long in a hotel before you get the keys to your new home.  I wish I could say that all of our PCSs were these epic road trips that bonded our family and made memories to last a lifetime… But guess what.  They weren’t.  One was.  Record books level.  The other ones?  Full of stressed out gas/bathroom breaks interrupted by stays at various mid-level hotels.  Have you ever tried to watch TV at a hotel?  What’s with those channels?  Can’t find anything and who knows the local schedule of programs in Monroe, Louisiana?!

Just plug in your streaming stick and you can have all the TV you want.  When it was just my husband and I, I would devour an episode of Real Housewives while he showered.  Once the kids invaded, Paw Patrol helped distract them long enough for me to un pack the necessities.  Sometimes TV is all you have energy for.

Are Some Better Than Others?

Don’t have a streaming device?  There are a few on the market, but I suggest a Roku.  We’ve had a Roku for years and absolutely love it.  We found it to be the best of all worlds as far as streaming devices go.  You get access to all the major content available via streaming.  The Roku player is like having your own video library at home with tons of choices – from the best movies, TV shows to sports. The Roku player is the easiest way to watch anything and everything from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, MLB.com, Pandora and more instantly on your TV.  It’s also a small investment in the grand scheme of things.  Last I checked you could pick one up at the Roku website for 34.99.  After using ours for a few months we ended up cutting the cord and going cable free.  So it paid for itself in about 2 weeks.

Do I wish we were the type of family who could have an intellectual conversation while unwinding in our hotel room after a whole day in the car?  Sure.  But I’ve actually never met a family who could.  If you know of any, send me their info.  I’ve got a few questions for them.


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  • Becca Wilson

    We have a Roku TV and absolutely love that it’s so easy to use and watch all our favorites on the go with apps. Good luck to you and those conversations. I’d like advice on getting those going as well 🙄

  • Narkis Moshe

    I get addicted to shows so easily so I choose not to even start lol. But I still watch real housewives, it’s fine for me to watch an episode a week then having the option to stream and binge it.

  • GiGi Eats

    Wait, I don’t even know what PCS is! hahahahahahaha. I am assuming something to do with DVRing… However, I don’t care about TV or shows or anything like that and with the advent of the Internet if I ever did, I would just google the show and I am sure the episodes I wanted to watch would be right there front and center!

  • Holly

    I love our roku streaming stick. We even take it on vacation with us so we can unwind with shows we like at night instead of whatever random movie channel a hotel might have.

  • Christa

    There’s something so relaxing and comforting about being able to watch something you know, especially when you’re in a new place. I totally get this.

  • Stephanie

    My husband tells me (not so) fondly of the many times that his dad would PCS and they would be in the car for hours, sometimes days depending on the move. We have the Firestick for the boys in their playroom that we usually bring on vacation with us so they can watch their shows. We don’t have cable at home, so that’s all they are used to.

  • Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks

    Wow – this is something I never even thought of! Can see how it would be a lifesaver in situations like these, though! Then again, we have neither dish nor cable nor hulu nor anything (!) – not even a “modern” flatscreen TV! – the only “TV” we watch are (8yo and 6yo) DVDs and (gasp) VHS’s in our basement, and (hubby and me) netflix in the evening after the girls are in bed – so I suppose we’d just look for a hotel with wifi (which we’d do anyway) and stream from our account – but still, this is serious good advice for the majority of the world who are more on top of these things than we are! Great advice!

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