For most people, holiday preparation tends to primarily focus on ensuring that the trip itself goes as smoothly as possible. This kind of prep is, of course, incredibly important, and can help ensure that you can enjoy your time away with a minimum of hassle and fuss – but holiday-focused prep is not the only type of preparation you need to consider.
When you are away, your thoughts will be far from home – which, for many people, is absolutely the point of travelling. However, your home and your life will still continue while you are exploring your chosen destination, and may require a little nurturing to make sure things keep ticking over. To ensure you can return home and pick up right where you left off, here’s a few home-focused prep tips to follow before your next travel adventure commences…
#1 – Redirect your post
Home security is always an important consideration when you are going to be away for an extended period of time, but one often-overlooked aspect of home security is your post. When post accumulates for several days, this can flag the fact that your house is empty, especially if someone can see that the post is accumulating simply by quickly glancing through your letterbox. It’s therefore worth redirecting your post, or asking for it to be held at your local post office, for the duration of your holiday; this incurs a small fee, but it’s worth it for the extra security protection.
#2 – Check for any upcoming special occasions
When planning a holiday, much of your focus will naturally be on the holiday itself, which can mean that it’s all-too-easy to lose track of any special occasions that are on the horizon. Before you leave, take the time to scan over your calendar for any big events, birthdays, or anniversaries; if you find any, then you can either send a card and gift a little early, or send a floral arrangement with the likes of Fig & Bloom that will arrive on the date of your choosing. You may also want to set a reminder on your phone, so you can send a text message or post on social media on the day itself also.
#3 – Consider how you can be contacted while you are away
If your phone number has changed in the past 12 months, then it’s worth checking that your friends, family members, and any companies who may need to contact you (such as utility companies, your travel insurance provider, your bank, and similar) have the correct details on record. In addition, it’s also worth adding an auto-reply message to your email account if you suspect you may be without internet access for some or all of your holiday. However, do be cautious; if you include your phone number or hotel details in the auto-reply, these will be available to anyone who emails you. As a result, it’s usually best to simply say that you’re away and when you next expect to be able to reply to emails – especially given you have already checked that the most important people and companies already have an up-to-date number for you.
#4 – Make arrangements for your plants and garden
The most conventional way of ensuring that your plants and garden stay watered while you are away is to ask a friend or family member to visit your house for this express purpose, but this is not always possible. Thankfully, there are alternatives; automated water systems can take care of your garden, and you can try water wicking to help keep your indoor plants hydrated. Alternatively, if you want to be completely sure that your plants and garden will be taken care of – or you will be away for a particularly long period of time – then hiring a professional might be the best choice.
#5 – Turn everything in your home off
On the day of your departure, go through your home and remove as many sockets from plugs as you can; the only sockets that should remain plugged in are smart home devices that you will be able to control while away. Everything else, including your TV, non-smart lighting, and kitchen appliances, should be unplugged, and the socket then switched to “off”. It’s also advisable to turn the water off at the main supply; if you’re not sure how to do this, then call your water company for further assistance.
Returning home from any holiday is never the most pleasant of experiences, especially if you tend to experience the “post-holiday blues”. However, by following the tips above, you should be able to ensure that your home and life is exactly as you expect, and you can pick up right where you left off – so you can quickly turn your mind to planning your next trip away ASAP!