Things to Do Before Leaving on Vacation

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 | Travel Tips |

When you plan a vacation, you tend to focus on all the things you need to bring on vacation as well as all the information and items you will need when you’re there. Oftentimes people forget to take into consideration what needs to be done before they leave, which can force you to scramble at the last minute, or could even keep your home unprotected.

Before you leave on vacation, there are numerous things that you need to do to ensure that you have everything so that travel will go smoothly as well as ensure that your home is protected while you’re gone. The following is a list of things you must do before leaving on vacation.

1. Make sure that your home is protected.

If you forget to protect your home, you could come back to a huge mess or even the damage of a break in. The best way to protect your home is to still make it look like someone is there. Purchase timers and place them on lights and televisions. You can set them up so that they go on and off at specific times, making it appear as if someone is at your home. You can even set a timer on a radio to a talk radio station to make it seem as if people are inside having a conversation.

Make sure to put a hold on your mail and newspapers so that they don’t pile up in front of your house, or you can ask a trusted friend to stop by and collect it everyday. You can also ask the friend to go inside your home and open and close blinds and shades so that it seems as if someone is truly there.

It is also a great idea to notify your police station that you will be gone. This way, they can keep an eye on your home for suspicious activity. If you have an alarm, make sure that it is set before you go. This way, if something were to happen, the alarm company will be able to alert police and/or fire departments.

2. Perform necessary tasks.

Some people become so busy arranging the travel plans that they forget to perform other important tasks or make other important arrangements.

If you have pets, you need to set up boarding, see if someone can come by and feed them/let them out, or even have them set up to stay with a friend or family member. If you have bills that are due while you’re away, make sure to pay them in advance of your trip. If you have regular medication, make sure that you have a full prescription so that you’re not trying to locate a pharmacy while on vacation.

It’s also a good idea to leave your itinerary and contact information with a friend or family member. Make sure to water your plants before you go, too.

To be safe, you should also remove any unnecessary credit cards or information from your wallet or purse. This way, if you were to lose your wallet or purse, or in the unfortunate event that it’s stolen, at least all of your cards will not be missing.

3. Right before you leave.

Just before you’re about to leave for your trip, make sure to unplug small appliances to save money and keep these items from being damaged. Make sure to turn off (or down) your heat or air conditioning.

Remove any perishable food from your fridge or countertops and empty all of your garbage cans. And most importantly, make sure that you have your identification, money, tickets, itinerary, confirmation numbers and credit cards. These are the items that can’t be purchased if you were to forget them.

Using these tips before you go will ensure that your home remains safe and that your trip runs smoothly.

Carrie Johnson lives in Dallas and works with a travel agency.  She enjoys writing about traveling and travel safety tips in her spare time.  Carrie recently wrote about her stay at a bahamas beach resort.

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