Don’t Leave Home Without

Whether you are seasoned traveler or a first time explorer, it is important to make sure that you save time to handle the important things before leaving out on your adventure.  We all know the basics: putting mail on hold, discontinuing the paper service, and making sure your lawn and property are well-maintained while you are away.  However, I have a few other items to add to the checklist what you should not leave home without doing (just in case you are in a rush and forget).

  1. Notify your credit card company, if you plan to use your cards while away.
  2. Turn off the main water supply… BUT, if it is winter time, and you are in a place that is known for harsh winters, make sure you take additional precautions to prevent freezing and pipes bursting.
  3. Do not forget your pets (including the fish).  Leave them with a trusted friend or family member or board them.
  4. Make sure you leave a copy of your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member.
  5. Make physical copies of your itineraries, ground transportation services, and points-of-contact, just in case you are not able to access your digital devices or email accounts while away.
  6. Unplug all unnecessary devices and electronic equipment.
  7. Confirm all reservations a few days prior to departure.  Hotels can overbook during peak season and rental car agencies can sometimes have a shortage.  If traveling by air or rail, make sure you confirm the departure times.
  8. Do not forget your chargers for the electronic devices.  Remember to charge your devices prior to your departure.
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