If you are taking a long trip, you need to not only plan the vacation itself but also keep in mind a few things to do before vacation to make coming home easier. My family just returned home last night from a 2 week vacation. We rented a car, packed up WAY too much stuff, and spent two weeks driving from state to state visiting an assortment of friends and family. It was an extremely fun vacation but it also took a lot of planning, organization and probably too much money! Now that I’m home again, I realize that so much time and energy went into planning the vacation itself that I forgot to plan for the day we returned HOME from vacation! I thought I would share a few ideas with you for things I should have done before I left but didn’t because I am SO not organized enough! Maybe writing them down will help me remember to do them the next time we head out on vacation!
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4 Things to do Before Vacation to Make Coming Home Easier
1. Clean the house: I know, I know…planning a vacation is so time-consuming there is no time to vacuum or change the sheets. However, coming home late last night, I was shocked at the pigsty I had left behind. Now I not only have to deal with loads of mail and laundry and unpacking I also have to clean my house. This is one of those things to do before vacation that your kids can help you with. Keep them out from underfoot by having them tackle the housework.
2. Unplug the electronics: I realized after I left for vacation that I had left the computers and TVs plugged in. Not only did I have to worry about lightning and electrical surges but I wasted a TON of energy while I wasn’t even home. Unplugging everything you possibly can on vacation will give you peace of mind and save you money on your electrical bill. After the high cost of your family vacation, a few pennies saved will be a big help!
3. Put a few drops of bleach in the toilets: This one probably sounds weird, right? However, I was gone for two weeks in the middle of summer. We raised the temperature in the house so the air conditioner didn’t have to work quite so hard. We came home to mosquito larvae in the toilet! Is that not the grossest thing ever? Next time I am leaving a bit of bleach in the bowl to kill unwanted guests.
4. Store a few frozen meals in the freezer: We had zero food in the house when we returned home from vacation. And with a day full of car rental returns, laundry, and errands I didn’t get to the grocery store until late in the afternoon. Which means that for breakfast and lunch we ate whatever we could scrounge from the pantry. Not really a balanced meal and after the amount of junk we ate on vacation I really wish I had put a casserole or a few leftovers in the freezer before we left.
It amazes me how relaxing a vacation can be but how stressful they are to plan and recover from. I could have made my vacation recovery a lot easier if I had just been a bit more organized a few weeks ago. I will definitely be keeping in mind these things to do before vacation the next time we travel. I definitely recommend putting these travel tips on your vacation checklist before heading out of town!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.