Tis the season! – For long lines at airports, Turkey Day traffic jams, festive family vacations, and super packed ski slopes. Nevertheless, despite the hectic hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s still the most wonderful time of the year. So no matter where you plan on venturing off to over the next couple of months, make sure to plan properly and thoroughly.
The better you prepare, the calmer you will be, and the smoother your seasonal travels will go. To help you carry out a nightmare-free holiday trip, apply these 10 tips:
Prep Your Papers
Gather all the documents you will need (or might possibly need) and keep them together in a folder or binder of some sort. Try to sort the documents in the order that they will be needed.
Make sure to call in prescription refills well in advance of your departure just in case your doctor needs to be contacted for approval. Trying to get prescribed medications when you’re out of town is so much more of a hassle.
Clean Out the Kitchen
The last thing you want to come home to after a fun-filled family vacation is a foul-smelling fridge or a sink full of dirty dishes. A couple days before you leave, go through the pantry and the refrigerator and toss out lingering leftovers and any products that will soon expire. Drink up the rest of your Indian River Select Orange Juice and encourage your family to eat what might go to waste. Stick with disposable products the night before and morning of your departure date to eliminate the need for dish washing duty.
Nothing says “Hey look! We are out of town!” like a pile of newspapers in the driveway or an overflowing mailbox. Kindly ask one of your neighbors to collect all of your delivered items during your trip, and this way you can return the favor when they go on vacation.
Limit Your Luggage
Luggage is a critical player in the traveling game, but it is also a common source of problems. Limit luggage issues by packing neatly and efficiently, allowing easy access to preferred items, learning weight restrictions, using non-flashy suitcases and travel bags, locking your luggage, and keeping it in your sight at all times.
Consider the Car
If your family trip includes traveling by automobile, make sure to get the car serviced and tuned up prior to leaving. If the family vehicles will remain idle while you’re out of town, consider giving the keys to a neighbor so that the cars can be moved occasionally.
Pull Out Plugs
Unplugging all of your household electric cords prior to a family trip is not only a matter of safety, but it also saves on energy consumption and utility bills.
Sync a Schedule
Take advantage of smart technology and home automation while you’re away by programming the thermostat accordingly, setting timers for indoor and outdoor lights, and monitoring your property via mobile applications.
Double Check Doors
This may seem like an obvious travel precaution, but it is too important not to mention. Right before you leave the house, double check that all doors and windows are securely locked, and by all means do not leave any house keys hidden under doormats or inside planters.
Do not bother changing the outgoing message on your landline because nobody needs to know about your absence. Those who do need to know will already have been contacted with your travel plans. Also use caution when posting on social media because you don’t have complete control over how secure those web applications are.
About the Author
This blog post was written by Kaitlyn Nakagoshi, the Web Content Manager for Tampa Bay’s only New Town master planned community – Connerton – in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Kaitlyn is a native Floridian who will soon be a newbie San Franciscan. She enjoys golf, mountain biking, hot yoga, online shopping, and watching college football.