Why You Should Make a Duty Station Bucket List

Why Military Spouses Should Make a Bucket List

Military spouses should make duty station bucket lists.

It is time to PCS. You just found out where you will be stationed next. How exciting!

You tell your family and friends. You make plans to start packing. You research schools and housing options. What else should you do to get ready for the big change?

Why not make a duty station bucket list?

As a military spouse, you have a whole new area to explore. Every duty station has something to offer. Find out what there is to do in your new area and what you and your family must see during your time there. It will be a fun activity and you can even involve your kids with it.

Before we went to Germany I knew I had to visit Salzburg. I am a huge Sound of Music fan. Once we were settled, that was the first trip we planned. I am so glad I put that tour on my list and made it important.

It seems like 3 or 4 years somewhere is a long time, but sometimes life gets in the way. This is why it is such a good idea to make your bucket list before you move or right after. Then you will be able to plan where you want to go and not miss anything.

Make a Duty Station Bucket List

From fairs to museums, every military installation is an opportunity for new experiences.

The best way to find things to do or places to visit is to search online. You can also ask your friends who have lived where you are moving for their recommendations. Try new and exciting things you might not have heard of before.

Looking at your next duty station as a place to explore will make your experience there much more enjoyable. From museums to fairs to natural landmarks, every duty station is worth exploring.

What’s on your duty station bucket list?



Julie Provost
Julie is a 30-something Blogger, Army Wife and Mom to three boys. She lives in Clarksville, TN and is married to a National Guard Soldier. She loves blogging, photography and reading a good book!
Julie Provost
Julie Provost


  1. Michelle Volkmann says

    I didn’t make a bucket list for Monterey and I am regretting it. My husband mocks me because I add more to my bucket list than I cross off. This happened in Okinawa.

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