Spring break is right around the corner! When taking a trip, one of the first things I do after picking the location and booking the hotel is begin preparing my home for the time I’ll be away.
Take care of your four-legged family members
Will they be more comfortable in their own surroundings or with a company that will keep and care for them at a different location? If your decision is to keep them at home, find a pet sitter you trust and that will be able to come a couple times a day to give your animal the attention they need. I want to ensure they are happy and safe while I’m away on my vacation. 🙂
Put a hold on your mail
The United States Postal Service has made the process so much easier than it used to be. Now I can jump onto my laptop, head to their website and place a hold on my mail. You can choose to go pick up the mail at the post office after you get back home or you can have your postal carrier deliver the mail right to your home after you get back. Plus you can usually set it up just a few days before you leave!
Make your home look lively
Even though I like to let my neighbors or a few close friends know I’ll be traveling, I still want to be sure my home looks like I’m there. A very easy and inexpensive way to do this is with light timers! Get several so you have lights turning on and off throughout your house while you’re gone. Try setting them to mirror your normal house activities, so it looks natural for your home.
The next thing on my agenda after handling the items for my home is preparing for the trip itself.
Pack your snacks
Your trip can be so much more enjoyable if you just plan for the travel time! 🙂 Make sure you pack plenty of healthy snacks that will keep you and your family content. I like nuts, fruit and cheese to start off with. Your snacks should be easy to eat and access. Be sure to bring plenty of water if you are driving, or an empty water bottle to fill up after airport security if you are traveling by plane.
Bring your own entertainment
You will also want to have items to pass the time. For a car trip, I love audiobooks! The library lets you borrow them for free, and even download them to your smartphone, so it’s a great way to pass several hours on the road or in the air. You could also consider crossword puzzles, handheld games, DVDs, music, books, magazines or even a journal. Choose something that you will truly enjoy, so the travel experience is that much more enjoyable.
Set work boundaries
Ideally, when you travel, you will be able to leave your cares behind. But this day in age, it’s very common to work during your time away from home. In order to successfully balance work and play, set some boundaries. Be sure to dedicate a particular time for checking emails, communicating with co-workers or working on your latest project, and be intentional about staying in that timeframe. This way, the ones you are with will feel valued and loved because you won’t be distracted by work during the entire trip.
Be prepared for (a little) work
Make sure you have all the tools you need to be successful! Ensure that you’ve packed the appropriate devices and chargers to be efficient working while on your trip. Arrange your workspace to be quiet and free of distractions, with plenty of light and wall outlets so you can plug your laptop, tablet or phone in. Contact your hotel ahead of time to see if they have a business office or place you can print documents from or receive faxes if necessary. Find out the nearest wi-fi locations — whether it’s the hotel you are staying in, the coffee shops around town or another venue to connect to a high-speed internet service.
By putting some legwork in ahead of time, you will ensure your home is prepared for your time away, your travel time is pleasurable and your trip is set up for you to be present during all the activities you have planned! Bon Voyage!