8 Essential Things to Do Before You Go on Vacation

by - 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

One of the things I love to do is go on vacation. I love to travel if I could do it full time I totally would. As a mom, and a homeowner. Though we want to be on vacation mode. It's so important to remember these essentials before your travels.

Stop Mail Service
Unfortunately, it's a clear sign to others when you're not home by having a pile of mail. Ask a neighbor or a friend to gather your mail if your forget to stop the service, and or don't plan to be gone for a long time. 

Unplug Electronics
Anything can happen, unplug your electronics. Not only will you save on your electric bill. It will give you peace of mind knowing that you don't have a ton of stuff plugged in your walls.

Tell Friends/Family
It's so important to let someone know that you're leaving. Also, send them a full copy of your itinerary.

Auto Responder to Emails
Don't forget to add your autoresponder to emails to let people know when you'll be returning. If you don't plan on checking emails during your travels.

Clean Home 
Trust me, it's so refreshing to come home to a clean home after a long trip. If you hire a cleaning service, arrange for them to come during your travels, or prior to leaving.

Pay Bills
We are all human, pay your bills prior to leaving. It's so easy to forget, and it's one less thing you have to worry about upon your return.

Alert Credit Card Companies 
You can easily alert your credit card company by phone or online. Trust me, no one wants to make those calls during travels. You can easily set the alerts in advance for most companies.

Do Laundry 
Avoid doing additional laundry by doing your laundry at home prior to leaving. No one wants to return from a vacation not only doing the laundry from the trip, in addition having to do old laundry as well. It makes for such a better return.


  • Turn off the main water supply
  • Pour baking soda down your toilets and drains 
  • Adjust thermostat
  • Seal Food  
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Take out trash 

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  1. Yes, what a great list! I'll keep these in mind when we travel in June. I always worry about forgetting something.

  2. Such smart ideas and who wants to come home and clean a house and do laundry from before. Turning off electronics is smart and I always check my own emails when I am away.

  3. I totally need to do the auto responder to emails. I always forget that and it's a pain. I need to save this post!

  4. The list is really very important before going on a vacation. This is helpful!

  5. I usually have my mom take care of my dog, house, plants, and mail, but I still forget some things. This is helpful!

  6. Thanks for these tips! Pay bills and do laundry are essential things!

  7. Oh my goodness. You are so organized. I don't do most of these things. I just pack my bags and go. lol

  8. Those are awesome tips we should always remember. I always do it before go for vacay with my husband.

  9. So organized, I need to make a list like yours to follow before our next trip in a couple of weeks

  10. these are wonderful tips yes much needed essential things we should taken care before our vacation.

  11. Thanks for the reminder. These things are really important,turning off electronics and paying bills mostly.


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