Having a summer holiday to look forward to is one of the highlights of the year but has anyone else felt the stress of making sure everything is sorted! Here is our pre-holiday checklist, so you don’t have to worry about a thing whilst you head to the airport.
You’ve worked hard for it and you’ve been planning it all for months! You deserve the chance to relax in the sun and put your feet up with a good book, making lots of memories and taking lots of poolside selfies – check out hello canvas for the latest in high-quality photo printing and ideas. But before you travel, there are plenty of things you need to get done before your holiday can really begin and completing all these tasks means that you can relax on holiday, safe in the knowledge that everything at home is safe.
Here you’ll find 5 things you should do before you head to the airport.
Check all your doors and windows
Most of us do a super quick check to make sure everything is locked before we jump in the taxi on the way to the airport. However, you should really do a thorough check of all your doors and windows well in advance to make sure everything is locked. There could be nothing worse than having a wonderful holiday and then coming home to find your property ransacked. Check each door and window in turn and ensure that everything locks properly and that the window frames and doors are in good quality. If your front door looks like it could be opened with a heavy kick then speak to a locksmith about having it deadbolted before you travel.
Let your neighbours know
If you’re on good terms with your neighbours then letting them know you’re going to be away for a week or so will certainly improve the security around your property and give you peace of mind. They can keep an eye on anyone hanging around, they can let you know if anything happens while you’re away and if they have a key, they can make it look as though someone is home.
Organise pet care
If you have a dog, cat or any other kind of pet at home then make sure that pet care is sorted well in advance. Leaving it until the last minute is asking for trouble! The last thing you want is for your pet care plans to fall through at the very last minute, so make sure your plans are solid before you travel. If you are leaving your pets at home, you may want to consider pet insurance – it will help you feel less worried about leaving your furry friend behind, ensuring you can enjoy a stress-free vacation.
Tidy up your garden
If your garden or backyard is filled with kids toys, a BBQ or things like your lawnmower then make sure everything is stored away safely while you’re away. Ensure items such as ladders, tables and chairs cannot be used to gain entry to windows on the higher floors.
Don’t leave anything on standby
It goes without saying of course, but you’d be surprised how many people still leave their TV on standby while they’re away for two weeks. When you leave, go round each room and turn off every plug at the mains and remove any plugs. Remember to keep your fridge and freezer plugged in though!
So, before your next trip, make sure you have followed this short pre-holiday checklist and have an amazing time!