You’ve picked your vacation spot, booked your plane tickets, your hotel reservations, and shopped for your must-have vacation wardrobe essentials. You’re ready, right? Not so fast! It is just as important to have a great checklist to make sure everything you are leaving behind is prepared for your vacation too. The last thing you want is to get to a great vacation location and start obsessing you may have forgotten to stop the mail or take out the garbage. This is a great guide to make sure your mind is at ease when you hit your favorite spot.
*Hold your paper mail (and newspaper)- This can easily done online. Mail stacking up screams to everyone “I’m not home!”
*Get someone to pick up packages- Just realized you have something being delivered while you’re gone? If it can’t be reschedule put a neighbor or friend on alert to pick it up for you.
*Set up auto reply for email- Especially important for your work account if you won’t be returning emails while on vacation, but a nice gesture to friends and family on your personal account also.
*Skip announcing your extended departure via Facebook or Twitter- Unless you are truly friends with all of your “friends” announcing your home will be empty for a week or more may not be your best plan.
*Pay any bills that will come due while you are away.
*Empty anything you won’t need out of your wallet. –If you lose your wallet on vacation (or have it stolen) you’ll be glad you took this step.
*Call the bank.- Give the bank a heads up you will be spending money out of your normal area, especially if you are leaving the country.
*Call and confirm with your dog kennel- Fido will thank you.
*Call and confirm with the cat sitter- Mr. Waggles will thank you.
*Make certain you have left enough food and water for the cat(For shorter trips)- Mr. Waggles will REALLY thank you.
*Water your plants
*Unplug appliances that won’t be in use.- This saves electricity and money.
*Clean out your fridge- Don’t come home to moldy food.
*Take out all of your garbage and recycling.- Worse than spoiled food in fridge? Spoiled food in your garbage.
*Check your washer and dryer.- Worse than moldy food in your garbage? Moldy clothes in your washer.
*Turn down your heat and water heater.- If it is winter make certain your home will not be so cold as to freeze pipes.
On the Way Out
*Lock all of your windows.
*Lock all of your doors.
*Close the garage door.
*Arm the alarm.
You’ve finished your travel checklist!
Now you’re ready! Take off on your vacation knowing your home, bank account, and pets are being taken care of. When you return to a clean and organized home you will be able to hold onto that vacation relaxation just a little bit longer! A great travel checklist helps you do just that!
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Are you an expert traveler? What is a must-have for your travel checklist?