Before Going Away On A Vacation
As summer is getting closer and the weather warmer, by default you are already planning your vacation. Summer, by all means, is the best part of the year, full of fun, laughter and outdoor living (which I prefer the most).
You already got your vacation rentals that you are checking out for a long time, and got some great vacation packages you can’t simply refuse.
Still, before you hit the road going on a vacation, there are few more things you need to do.
I’m pretty sure that you are already doing them, but it is good idea to refresh your knowledge once in a while.
Do you do this?
1.Clean Your Home
Always clean your home and make it look neat and tidy.
You don’t want to return to a messy home looking for extra efforts from you to clean it up. And not to mention how tired you will be on your way back. Exhausted.
What you should do?
- Always clear fridge and pantry from foods that might rot while you return home
- Do the laundry and always make sure your washing machine is empty of wet clothes and the dryer is set off before you leave home
- Change your sheets as I am pretty sure you would like to slide in clean sheets after a long trip
- If you haven’t taken the garbage out – do it right away. You don’t want to return to a smelly home.
- If you don’t have a dishwasher, it is a good idea to wash the dishes, as they’ll stale and it will be much difficult to clean them up on your way back. Don’t be lazy and do this.
- You can also sprinkle some baking soda in your toilet to avoid smell from stagnant water (the same stands for drains too)
2.Pay Your Bills
It is a good idea to do this because you don’t want to return home and have no electricity or cable, since you forgot to pay them.
Don’t postpone payment obligations and avoid late payment interest.
You can also contact your bank and let them know that you are travelling, in order not to block your credit card if they think it is used in fraudulent purposes.
Schedule an appointment and let them know about your trip plans if you want to avoid possible cash problems while you are on the road.
3.Freeze Food Reserves
It is such a good idea to freeze some food for your homecoming. You can do fruits, veggies, or already prepared meals as you might have no time to do some when you return from the trip.
Why this is a brilliant idea?
Because in case you return in the middle of the night, and there is no mall or grocery to go for some light shopping, freezing food is an excellent idea.
We do it all the time.
4.Keep Updated Your Friends And Family
This is something you should do just in case of emergency situations.
Let them know about you vacation schedule, but don’t do it over social networks. You don’t want any stalker to know you are not at home, and serve your house on a platter to possible burglars.
It is also a good idea to have few emergency phone numbers – just in case.
5.Hide Your Valuable Stuff
If you have a safe at home, you can use it for the matter. But if you are still uncertain of the outcome, you can put your valuables in a bank safe which you have already rented.
This is a brilliant idea, since burglars today are so updated, that they can go through,and break through anything on the way.
If you have set an alarm, make sure it is connected with your smartphone alarming you for any possible break into your home.
6.Hide All Keys
Don’t leave your spare keys all around your house. It is a good idea to give them to your close friend, a trusting neighbor or a family member.
Some regular check up is good to determine if everything is in place.
7.Set The Lighting System
If you have already installed a lighting system, set it to start at periods that mimic people presence in your home. Don’t schedule the same time for every day. Do it at different time schedule.
Also, you should never let the front door light ON during day time, as you are sending a direct invitation to burglars.
Cover the windows with blinds, not giving any possibility for someone to sneak around with or without any reason.
8.Install Motion Sensors
They are the best.
They set off on every movement and they are great detour for strange possibilities…you know what I mean, right?
Motion sensors are feature that each home needs, as they are often the only thing that can detect and deter intruders. And if you install cameras too – even better.
No invitation for intruders, please!
Unplug each appliance if you want to avoid fire hazard. You never know what might happen while your are away.
Do kitchen counter top appliances, TV’s, DVD players and everything that uses power.
It is better to be precautions, since I have seen many homes burned to the ground because of this negligence.
This is VERY important pre-travel rule!
10.Who Will Take Care Of Your Pets?
This is of high importance too, you know?
You cant leave your pets alone while you are on a vacation. There are many pet care service companies you can use for the matter, without leaving yourself in a worry about your pets well-being.
If you can’t afford it, you can ask your neighbor, close friend or a family member to check on them for food, water and regular walks.
It is good idea to write down all your pet habits to the temporarily pet-keepers, so they will know what your pet needs, and avoid any anxious situations while you return.
Dogs are very sensitive creatures and they suffer a lot when their owner is away, especially for a prolonged period of time.
And of course, don’t forget to give them your vet number – just in case.
As you are all set, now you can go for your vacation trip freely and with no worries at all…
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