It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of going on vacation. But while you’re busy packing and planning your trip, there are some important things you could be forgetting about. It’s nice to enjoy the escapism of a long overdue trip, but forgetting some of these key things could cause chaos during and after you get home. Get yourself prepared in the best way possible and check off each of these items before you leave.
Empty your fridge
If you’re going on an extended vacation, the last thing you want to come home to is a mouldy fridge. Before you leave, empty your fridge of all perishable items and also empty your trash can. This will make your home smell fresh and clean when you return. Why not ask a friend or neighbour to buy you some essentials on the day you come home, so you have something to eat when you get back.
Fully charge your electronics
Get out all of the electronics you plan to take with you and their designated chargers. The day before you leave, charge up each item so you have full power while you are away. Place each charger in a clear plastic bag and label so you know which electronic it powers. Also, take some spare batteries for items that are not electronically charged.
Things happen and plans can change last minute, so prepare yourself for any eventuality. Find cheap car rentals and hotel rooms nearby, just in case your car breaks down or your accommodation isn’t up to standard. Even if you don’t need them, it’s good to have a backup plan. This planning could turn a potentially devastating situation into a stress-free one. It will also allow you to continue your vacation as planned.
Get your liquids sorted
If you’re travelling by plane to your destination, you will need to abide by the rules and regulations of the airline. Check what measurement of liquid you are allowed to take inside your hand luggage. Place your essential liquids and cosmetics into a clear bag before you get to the airport. This will avoid them being taken by customs during your check in.
Inform your bank
You bank may be concerned if they see your card being used in a foreign country or a different state. Let them know before you go by calling your local branch or filling in a form on their website. This will stop them from potentially blocking your card during your vacation. You can also enquire about international charges so you don’t get any nasty surprises when you get home.
Go through every room in your home and make sure you unplug and switch everything off. This will not only save you money while you are away but will also conserve energy. Ask a friend to check in to make sure the house is safe and secure.
With these checked off your list, you can leave knowing you have covered all bases. So stop getting stressed out. The quicker you get these things sorted, the quicker you can get excited about your vacation.