Planning a holiday doesn’t require just picking out the best destination, booking the accommodation, and packing for the journey. Aside from all the vacation planning, you must also think about the security of your home and pets, as well as a couple of more things that need your attention. You must do several things before your departure that will give you peace of mind while on vacation.

Take care of the mail

Travel Checklist: 6 Things You Must Do Before Going on a Holiday.
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If you plan to be away for a long time, consider putting the mail delivery on hold. In case you are expecting some packages while you’re on vacation, ask a neighbour or a friend to take them for you. If you let the mail pile up, it can be a clear sign to burglars that nobody’s at home, and they’ll be tempted to break in and rob you, or just make some irreparable damage to your home. Do the same with the newspaper delivery, and make sure you pay all the bills on time as well.

Secure the home

Home security is one of the most important things to think about before going on a vacation. Therefore, make sure you remove all the spare keys from the places you usually keep them. This is especially true if the flowerpot on the porch or the doorway is your favourite places to hide the keys. Don’t make it easy for the burglar to break in the house, but give the key to a neighbour or a friend you trust, in case they need to check up on the home a few times while you’re gone.

Having someone to open the windows from time to time and turn the lights on in order to make an impression that nobody is away is the best way to secure the home while you’re travelling. If you have an alarm system installed, be sure to activate it, and notify the security company that you’ll be away, so that they can act quickly in case the alarm goes on. Don’t forget to unplug all the electronic devices to both keep the home safe, and save some energy while you’re away. A power surge can cause a lot of damage to the TV or fridge, so unplug them before you leave.

Take out the trash and clean up

Always take out the trash before you hit the road because a smelly bin is the last thing you want to encounter when you come back home. Furthermore, be sure to clean the entire house, as well as the refrigerator. Check the expiration dates on all the groceries and throw away anything that might go bad while you’re away. Leave the home fresh and clean for your return, and don’t keep any perishables in the fridge.

Think about the pet

Travel Checklist: 6 Things You Must Do Before Going on a Holiday.
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While some families prefer to bring their pet along on vacation, others decide that it’s best to leave their furry friend at home. If you decide to do so, make sure you provide the pet with the best care. Whether you leave it with a friend, a neighbour or a family member, it’s essential that they get along well, and are comfortable around each other.

If you’d rather have a professional look after your puppy or a cat, look for a good reliable sitter for your four-legged friend. Thanks to the various pet-sitting agencies, there’s an array of pet sitting jobs available for all the animal lovers who will gladly take care of your pet. This way, your pet will have a great care while you will be carefree, so consider hiring an affordable and trustworthy pet sitter.

Make a list of essentials to bring

Travel Checklist: 6 Things You Must Do Before Going on a Holiday.
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Lists are your best friends while travelling. Therefore, write down all the essentials you need to bring on vacation, so that you don’t forget anything. Even the most important items that you may think will never slip your mind somehow end up staying in the bathroom cabinet or on the dining room table, so write down everything. Pay special attention to essentials – from toiletries, chargers, first aid kit supplies, cosmetic products, brushes, hair styling appliances, medicines, to passport, wallet and the tickets. Once you’ve checked everything off the list, you are good to go.

Check the plumbing

Often neglected, yet very likely to cause severe damage to the home ‒ plumbing is not the thing you should forget to check before leaving for a holiday. Therefore, avoid being faced with a plumbing leak in the midst of your return, and turn off the water at the main shut-off valve. However, it’s a good idea to have the neighbour check the home from time to time if you own a pool, because you won’t be able to shut the valve off all the time in that case. The neighbour can turn it on when necessary, and keep the home safe from flooding.

Going on a vacation requires more preparation than you may have thought. Not only do you have to think about all the things you need to bring, but also make sure you leave the home clean and safe. Therefore, make sure you cancel all the mail delivery while you’re away, arrange for pet sitting service to take care of your furry friend, have the home secured, clean it and take out the trash. Besides, make a list to help you with packing all the essentials and check the plumbing to avoid any malfunction.

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