Are you vacation ready? You have waited and planned and waited some more. It’s time for your family vacation, and you are about to head out the door. But wait, there are still a few more things you need to do to get your house vacation ready.
I know sometimes I can be very impatient when it comes to our favorite vacation. I am ready to be packed and out the door before the sun even comes up. There is that whole patience thing again. I need to remember to stop, take a breath, and look around. There are a few things I need to get our house vacation ready. I thought I’d share them with you.
These tips do not take long, and it will give you peace of mind knowing that things are in tip top shape while you are gone.
How To Get Your House Vacation Ready
Two months before:
- Arrange for boarding for your pets. This may include fish, birds, snakes, or any other pets that you have.
- Start making a shopping list. It is amazing how much stuff you really need to take with you when you go on vacation.
- If you are driving, take your car for an oil change, tire rotation, and have them check your hoses and fluids. It is the best investment you will make!
Two weeks before:
- Call and confirm boarding/cat sitter/animal nanny. Our boarding facility is very reliable, but you just never know!
- Stop the newspaper and mail. We don’t get the daily newspaper anymore, so I can check that off my lists.
- Start making daily to-do lists.
- Check to make sure you have a car emergency kit(jumper cables, extra bottle of engine oil(check your owner’s manual), antifreeze & funnel, windshield wiper fluid, roll of paper towels, and a plastic garbage bag).
One week before:
- Check your air filter in your heating/cooling system. Replace filter as needed.
- Cut your grass and pull all the weeds. If you can, have a neighbor cut the grass while you away so that it appears the house is occupied.
- Take a few moments to check the outside of your house for repairs. Check for cracked concrete, faulty outdoor lighting, and leaky faucets.
- Check your locks on windows and doors. Repair or replace as needed.
2 days before:
- Wash, dry, fold, and pack the clothes you are taking. Don’t forget a couple of extras in case of spills or other disasters(like getting pooped on by a seagull. If you have a fully stocked Boardwalk bag, you can clean that up in a jiffy!)
- If you will be swimming, make sure you have your swimming bag packed and ready to go.
- Find any necessary cords for your electronics. Check the batteries on your camera. Make sure your kids have their game systems charged and have all needed accessories.
- Check your first-aid kit and refill as needed.
- Check what bills need to be paid, write and mail checks, transfer money, and anything else that needs to be done with your finances.(If you don’t have a mail pick up the next day, then do it a day or two sooner).
- Do a last-minute sweep of needed toiletry items, animal items(like food or litter), then go out and get them.
- Finish your to-do list
- Clean your bathrooms
The night before:
- Finish any packing. I am notorious for packing under pressure!
- Unload your dishwasher(if you have one), then run a quick wash cycle. Let it dry overnight.
- Check stuff off your to-do lists. This is one of my favorite activities!
- Do a quick dust and vacuum of your most used living spaces.
- Pick up and put away as much as you can.
- Set your alarm for the next day.
- Spend the rest of the night relaxing.
I know that for some of you, you do these things automatically without thinking about it. And probably wonder why I am blogging about it. Well, I tend to forget some things, and I spend half my time on vacation worrying about what I didn’t do or forgot to do. It makes me feel much better when I see each item crossed off. But sometimes, you get so excited, you forget a few things on the day you leave. So I have suggestions for that, too!
The day you leave:
- If you have that dishwasher, gently close the door, but not all the way. That way the inside won’t get musty from not being used for a few days.
- Check your locks on your doors. Twice. And then once more.
- Flush your toilets, and when they are done flushing, add a little Clorox to the water. It is the same principle as the dishwasher. You will be glad you did. Trust me, I know!
- Pack your car.
- Turn off/unplug any and all appliances that you can. The only one that we don’t is the computer desk. We have our wireless router that is plugged into our lighting system, so we can turn the lights on and off, just like we do when we are home.
- If you use an E-Z pass, put it in your car now.
- Take one last look around, then head out.
- ENJOY YOURSELF!!
Vacation can be a lot of fun, but it also takes a lot to get your house vacation ready. Doing a little planning ahead of time, saves you a lot of time later.
What do you do to get your house vacation ready?