With all the travel sites popping up everywhere it’s pretty easy to decided where to go on vacation and how to get there. But beyond doing a great job packing your suitcase and compiling your vacation check list, what little things should you do to make travelling and returning as enjoyable as those sunny beach days you’re about to have?
Prepping for Vacation Inside the Home
Many times you are so focused on travel documents and itineraries that you forget to prepare your home for your absence. Getting these items done may not make or break your vacation, but they’ll certainly make life easier for you when you get back.
- Do all your laundry, including your bed sheets. Think about all the laundry you’ll have to do when you return. Do you really want to mess with sweaty gym clothes that sat around for a couple of weeks as well? Doing all of your laundry includes emptying BOTH machines. Imagine the horror when you find mildewed funk in your towels because you forgot to empty the dryer and they didn’t get completely dry. Clean bed sheets make for a nice first evening back.
- Clean out your fridge of all items that may expire. Nothing says welcome home like opening the fridge to a waft of dead leftovers. On the same page, make sure you have something frozen or boxed you can fix upon your return so you don’t immediately have to run out. If your flight gets in late this will be a lifesaver.
- After you’ve done your fridge sweep, don’t neglect to take out your trash. No amount of air freshener will cover up the odorous cloud of smelly trash. Again, it’s also nice to come home to clean living space.
Finally, secure your home. Unplug and turn everything off. This will not only save energy but will help alleviate those nagging, “Did I turn that off…” concerns. Make sure windows and patio doors are secure and put timers on lights. First Place Apartments is a secure building; we help alleviate this step for you.
Prepping for Your Vacation Outside the Home
One of the simplest and highly recommended things you can do to prepare for your vacation is give your credit card company a heads up you’ll be out of town. This will prevent unwanted and unnecessary fraud alerts on your account because your card has magically shown up in Heathrow.
Thinking of financial necessities, sit down about a week before you leave and list out any bills that are due while you are out. Make sure they are paid in advance, or use your bank’s automatic bill pay option to schedule them.
Similarly, check your calendar to make sure you aren’t neglecting any appointments such as a doctor or dentist visit. Since these are often scheduled in advance for standard check-ups they’re easy to miss.
One benefit of living at First Place Apartments is we can receive packages for you; that step is already done. Do make sure to hold your mail for the period you’re gone so your box doesn’t give away your vacation plans to unwanted people.
Preparing Yourself and Others Before Vacation
It sounds so easy and so helpful, but many vacationers do not think to put their hotel, rental car agency, and airline numbers in their phone contacts. It will take only a few minutes but save you much headache if something goes awry.
Likewise, send your itinerary complete with these numbers to trusted family members or neighbors. Set expectations on contact during the vacation; let family know if you’ll be checking in or any times you’ll be absolutely off the grid.
Remove things from your wallet you don’t need such as store credit cards, membership cards, or anything else that would just be dead weight. They key for travel is simplify.
Ask yourself, do you really need your local coffee hut’s frequent buyer card taking up space in your wallet on vacation?
Enjoy your vacation, but enjoy coming home to First Place Apartments as well. Do you have any helpful vacation prep tips we didn’t cover? Share them in the comments below.