Have big travel plans this summer? Here is a list of 5 Things You Must Do At Home Before You Leave On Vacation. Trust me on these tips, it will make the return back to reality a little easier. There is nothing worse than getting home from vacation to a dirty house, empty refrigerator or worse late fees on bills!
1. Take out all garbage and vaccuum.
This may seem like a ridiculous thing but trust me you will not want to return to ants or critters. Take a few minutes the day before you leave to wipe down all the counters, empty on the trash bins and do a quick run with the vacuum. Your post vacation self with thank you.
2. Make sure all the laundry is done and you have Laundry Detergent in stock.
While on vacation try to keep all your dirty clothes together in a laundry bag or separate suitcase. When you get home all you will have to do is drop those loads into the washer. Making sure you have laundry detergent will eliminate having to run to the store when you get home.
3. Have items in your pantry for an easy lunch/dinner for your return.
This seems like a no-brainer but I can not tell you how many time we get home and there is nothing in the house to eat. I most definitely do not want to go to the store or order out at this point so a little pre-planning will save you time in the end. This could be as easy as pasta and jar sauce or tuna salad on texas toast. Or if you are really a planner, make a meal ahead of time and freeze it. Thinking lasagna.
4. Pay all your bills before you go.
When on vacation you want to relax. If you pay all your bills before you go you won’t have to worry if you remembered to pay any specific one because they will all be paid! Bonus.
5. Make copies of all your credit cards, drivers license and passport and leave with a family member.
Now this one may seem a little over kill but what happens if your wallet is lost or stolen while on vacation. You are not going to remember what the numbers on your cards are. If a family member has a copy of what you took with you, they can easily give you the necessary information for you to call and cancel, get replacements and repost them missing.