Checklist: 10 Things to Do Around the House Before a Trip

Checklist: 10 Things to Do Around the House Before a Trip

Janel Laban
Jul 2, 2009

We firmly believe that travel is always worthwhile - worth the cost, the time and all the preparation. It's a treat and a privilege to get away from home, see new things and have some adventures. That said, there are quite a few chores that have to get taken care of at home before you can hit the road - here is our quick list:

The week before:

  • Get out the suitcases, launder favorite clothing or take it to the dry cleaner.
  • Put in stop mail and newspaper delivery requests.
  • Prepay bills that will come due while you are away.
  • Plan meals that will finish up the food in your refrigerator.
  • Confirm pet sitting plans.

    The day before:

  • Put timers on lights/radio.
  • Tell a trusted neighbor that you'll be away, when you'll be back and how you can be reached in case of emergency.

    The morning of:

  • Water plants
  • Close and lock windows, lower shades.
  • Remove all bedding to allow mattress to air out while you are away.

    ...and you are all set...Happy Travels!

    Did we leave anything out? Please add your suggestions to the comments below - thanks!

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