Family Travel: 5 Things to Remember to Do
If you are planning your first family vacation you have probably remembered that you need to book your trip and pack your bags. However, here is a list of five things you should remember to do before you leave for your family travel fun.
Cancel the Newspaper and Hold the Mail
You don't want your home to look like you are on vacation as that is an invitation for the local burglar. Newspapers piled up in the driveway and an overflowing mailbox are two indications that no one is home. Be sure that you cancel the paper and put a hold on your mail before you depart.
Make Plans for the Pets
If you have cats, dogs, fish or any other living thing in your home you need to make a plan to have a neighbor or friend take care of your pet while you are gone. Make sure the person you choose has a key to your house. Even if you verbally explain what you need them to do make sure you also leave a written list. Provide how often the pet needs to be fed and how much is provided at each feeding.
Empty the Fridge and Garbage
When you come home from your trip you will have plenty of unpacking and laundry to take care of. You want to leave your home in good condition so you don't have other chores to worry about as well. It is best to empty all garbage cans before you leave to prevent an unpleasant smell when you return. Also clear out contents of your refrigerator that will spoil to prevent yourself from having a nasty job when you get back.
Plan for Outdoor Work
You don't want your home to look unoccupied while you are gone. If you will be gone awhile and it is likely the grass will get out of control consider hiring someone to mow it while you are away. If it might snow while you are out of town ask a neighbor or friend to shovel the driveway for you. If that is asking too much consider having them at least drive on the snow or put footprints in the snow for you.
Let the Right People Know
While you don't want to advertise to everyone on facebook that your house will be unoccupied for the next week, it is necessary to make sure those that need to know are aware of your upcoming vacation. Think of people you regularly see like any therapists for your children (speech, occupational, etc). You don't want to miss any scheduled appointments or meetings. In addition, make your neighbors aware so they can keep an eye on your house for you.
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