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How a Tiny AirTag Saved the Day.

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

Hey friends,

PCS season is officially upon us. If you are military-affiliated, then you know what I'm talking about. I have already had to say some goodbyes and prepare myself for more as the weeks and months roll along this summer. The plus side to PCS season is that along with those goodbyes, bring a lot of new faces. The opportunity to meet new friends and families seems to be never-ending.

If you didn't read my first blog post about our crazy PCS debacle, now is a good time to circle back around to that post. It was indeed a wild ride. Today I'm not here to share that story again but instead wanted to offer a tip for using AirTags that saved the day. One of the main questions I have received since my original post went viral in January is how I hid the AirTag. In our case, our AirTag was in a silicon pop-it bracelet (shown below).

Before our PCS, this AirTag/bracelet combo was used for my son to make sure he got to school via the bus. From the naked eye, most would never guess there was any tracking device in this. At the time, My son was a young 4-year-old, and using this one simple thing gave this mama peace of mind.

(This photo shows you what it looks like on the back. Also, to note, there is no way the AirTag can fall out.)

So, how did this bracelet end up in our HHG, and did we "hide" it? The night before the packers came to box up our entire house, my husband and I were making our final preparations before our house turned into complete chaos. I came across the AirTag bracelet in my son's toy box. I looked at my husband and said we should leave this in here. We don't need it on our drive, and it will allow us to see where our items are as we move across the country. In all honesty, I didn't expect to use it much less than need it but so incredibly thankful that our forward-thinking paid off.

The AirTag bracelet we put into our son's toy box looked very similar to this picture. Even if you were looking for an AirTag to mess with the location, you would have to work hard to find it. Most packers don't individually pack each toy in a toy box like the one pictured above. In our scenario, they picked up the box and placed the entire package into a cardboard box (winning).

Since my post went viral in recent months, I have seen several people mention using multiple AirTags and tracking their high-value items. Some people even hide them in their cars for those making an OCONUS move. So, if you are questioning if this system works or unsure if it's worth the $30, let me encourage you. It is worth it. Hopefully, you end up not needing them, and your PCS goes on without a hitch; BUT, doing this one simple thing can provide peace of mind to you and your family during such a huge transition and hold some of the movers accountable since that has been an ongoing issue for many years.

Let me know if you try it in the comments. I would love to hear your stories, answer any questions you may have, and ultimately keep the conversation going. That is how we, as military families, will eventually see some much-needed change in the system.

Good luck, my military friends, and may the odds be ever in your favor.


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