The countdown has started! Only some hours left for your flight and you literally feel that you are going crazy!
Not only you are trying your hardest to race time in order to finish all the things that need to be done while you’re on vacation, but new, rushed projects always seem to surprise you at the very last minute. Hence, you end up forgetting to button things down on the home front!
Still, no worries, to help you make the last few hectic hours before your flight more smooth and less stressful, here are 10 things to do before you hit your way to the airport!
Clean The House
While this may not seem like a priority but cleaning your house before leaving on vacation is something that you will greatly appreciate when you come back from your vacation. Hence, make sure that you clear the fridge as well as the pantry of foods that will go bad and cause a nasty smell.
Also, remember to do the laundry, take out the garbage, change the sheets, and sprinkle some baking soda in the toilets and down the sink drains to keep stagnant water at bay.
Pay Your Bills Before You Leave!
One important thing you should always do before your wheels up on the runway is paying your bills. This doesn’t only include your electricity, gas, or water bills but many other important ones.
For instance, you don’t want to use free wifi to log in to your bank or credit card accounts because you didn’t have time to pay your mobile internet connexion, do you? Well, for safety and security reasons, you shouldn’t do this at all.
Hence, you’d better pay your bills or at least schedule payment before you leave on vacation.
Make Sure You Notice Your Bank
You have waited for this vacation for quite a long time. Hence, to enjoy it to the fullest and avoid the tiny mistakes that can ruin it, you should remember to inform your bank about your travel vacation, especially if you are willing to head overseas.
Otherwise, you might be surprised to find that your credit card was denied after a lovely dinner on your vacation. Even worse, your bank might even put a fraud alert on your account in case they suspect any unusual activity. To avoid all this, make sure you inform your bank about your travel plans!
Food For Homecoming
Clearing the fridge of food that can go bad or expire is an important thing that you should do every time you are willing to go on vacation. However, an empty fridge won’t fill your empty belly after you’re back home.
Hence, it is always a good idea to keep some food stored in the fridge. For instance, you can save some ready meals in the freezer that can be easily heated up the day you return home until you have time to go to the grocery.
Keep your family and friends updated
It’s true that sometimes you might feel a desperate need to have a vacation with friends and family but you still need to keep them updated. Even better, you can download emergency contacts in your phone that can be used in case something bad happened to you.
So, if you are planning to travel abroad anytime soon, don’t hesitate to enroll in STEP. The latter is a Smart Traveler Enrollment Program that will allow the embassy to know your destination and allow your loved ones to contact you in case of an emergency.
Hide Your Valuables In A Safe Place
While you are away, you can never know what could possibly happen. Hence, always be ready for the unexpected. For instance, don’t leave your home before you finally keep all your valuables, such as jewelry or other expensive possessions in a safe place.
In fact, there are a large number of smart safes in the market, including those elements that can be secured to a wall or those that require biometric access and send you alerts to your smartphone.
There are also many other effective places in which you can hide your stuff, for instance, air vents, empty bottles, feminine hygiene boxes, and more!
Collect Spare Keys
If you have extra keys hidden under doormats, flower pots, or ledges, then, remember to collect them all and give them to a friend or a family member that you trust much in case your house needs attention while you are away enjoying your vacation.
This is the very important thing to do! So, please make sure you unplug the energy vampires in your home, say, Tv’s, DVD players, kitchen appliances, etc. This will not only keep your home safe but will also help you save energy and money on your electricity bills.
Keep Up With Appearances
If you normally have the habit to leave all your blinds and drapes open when you are home and close them when you’re away on a long vacation, then, this might be an invitation card for thieves and burglars.
Hence, you should be smart and close half of them and keep the rest open. This will give them the illusion that you are actually home and they eventually wouldn’t have the courage to break in!
Make Sure That Your Loved Pet Is In Good Hands
We all know that it’s not always possible to take your furry friend with you, therefore, in such cases, make sure that you leave them in good hands. For instance, you can see if it’s possible for a friend or a member of your family to look after them while you are away.
However, if you hire a sitter, make sure you write down your pet’s schedule, the foods they normally eat, and all the other important regular habits. Also, don’t forget to leave the number phone of your pet’s vet in case they get suddenly sick.