The flight is booked, bags are packed, and adventure is nearly underway. Before you leave your home for the weekend, a month, or a year, there are a few items to check off your list. Coming home to a perfectly manicured home brings nothing but joy and relaxation. More work to pile on before your trip can be stressful unless you plan ahead. Traveling should be spontaneous but preparation before your journey should never wait till the last minute. Below you will find 11 must-dos for a stress-free farewell and a happy homecoming.
1. Pack Ahead
Never wait till the last minute to pack your bags. Start packing a week or so before you take off. Start an organized pile of items you know you will take. Starting a pile early enough assures you will not forget anything and also relieves the stress of searching for items at the last minute.
2. Take Out the Trash
Taking out the trash before a trip might be a no-brainer but with the excitement and hassle of pre-travel you just might forget and come home to a smelly house.
3. Deep Clean
Deep cleaning your home will reduce bugs, dust, and clutter. Mop the floor, scrub the bathroom and sinks, dust walls, countertops, and shelves. Returning to a clean home is worth the work. Plan an entire day for this chore.
4. Clear Out the Fridge
Cleaning the fridge is essential. Opening a fridge with old, spoiled food after your luxurious getaway will truly ruin your demeanor. Eat your leftovers, throw out perishables, and clean the interior.
5. Forward Mail
Depending on the length of your trip, forward your mail to a close friend or relative. The United States Postal Service provides a temporary mail forwarding service. You can designate to the exact date the extent of the forwarding.
6. Set Your Thermostat
During summer or winter travel, you never want to turn off your thermostat. Pipes could freeze or heat could penetrate. In the summer, raise your thermostat to 85. During winter travel, your thermostat should stay around 65.
7. Remember Your Bills
If you know your bills are due during your vacation plan ahead by signing up for automatic billing. Never rely on paying your bills online for Wi-Fi may not always be readily available during your stay. Automatic billing takes the stress away and relieves you of another duty of everyday life.
8. Keep Toilet Lid Up
This tip might seem strange but leaving the toilet lid up will prevent mold and promote air flow. With the toilet in mind, you won’t neglect the good cleaning it deserves as well!
9. Keep Indoor Doors Open
Similar to leaving the toilet seat up, leaving the doors inside your home open promotes air flow. Stale air asks for dust to settle.
10. Car Maintenance
If you are leaving for an extended vacation, consider updating your car on all maintenance as well as a loyal friend to drive your ride every now and then to prevent flat tires and battery issues.
11. Secure Your Outdoor Belongings
Leaving your bike or even patio furniture outside during your leave might not be the best idea. Secure your belongings in place or bring them inside to prevent damage from weather and reduce risk of theft.