You’ve worked hard and have booked your family vacation. So now what’s next on the vacation planning list? Here are some ideas of things I like to do before I leave on a vacation.
- Put mail/newspaper on hold. You don’t want strangers knowing that you’re away with the pile of newspapers at your door, so be sure to go to the USPS website to request to hold your mail. You also don’t want a mailbox that overstuffed when you’re back from your vacation.
- Unplug and switch off. Remember to turn everything off, or better yet, unplug them, to conserve energy and money.
- Pack your chargers, and fully charge your electronics. We often forget our chargers when we’re on a trip, which causes us to buy some from the area we’re visiting. Remember to pack your chargers before you leave and to also fully charge your electronics, so you won’t run out of batteries before you arrive at your destination.
- Consider having someone keep an eye on your house when you are gone.
- Pay all bills that will be due while you’re away.
- Load up on reading material — buy magazines and books, check out books from library, or download books on Kindle/iPad
- Check doors, windows, and locks. Don’t overlook locking pet doors and the door between the garage and house.
- Invest in a timer. Nothing screams “Come rob me!” like a house or apartment with its lights continually off. Deter would-be burglars by putting timers on lights in different rooms. Set them to go on and off at various times throughout the night and no one will know you’re not actually there.
- Clean your home. I know, I know. But your post-vacation self with thank you for taking care of the nitty-gritty. At the very least, wipe down the surfaces, take out the garbage, and vacuum to prevent a critter invasion.
- While packing up your vehicle, pack it up while it’s in the garage and with the door closed. You don’t want to advertise to would-be robbers your plans of being away for an extended period of time.
What kind of tips do you have?