For many families, summer time equals vacation time. Don’t get too excited, though! Before you start packing, make sure you have everything at home in order. It might seem like you’re thinking about the end of your trip before it’s even started, but the following tips provided by The Balancing Act will make your vacation even more carefree and your transition back into the real world a little easier.
Clean your house. It might seem silly to clean a house you’re about to leave, but the only thing worse than coming back from a vacation is coming back to a dirty home. You’ll most likely be exhausted from your flight, you’ll need to unpack and the reality of work the next morning will be looming over your head. Save yourself the stress and clean before leaving.
Talk to your banks. If you’re leaving the country, or even the state, neglecting to inform your bank may result in the impression that someone else is attempting to use your card. While fraud protection is a reassuring service, the last thing you want on vacation is to be cut off from your finances.
Do not over pack. Considering most airlines impose weight limits on luggage, it’s best to pack as light as possible. Find out if you’ll have access to laundry facilities on your trip. Bring items that you can mix and match to create several different outfits. Avoid packing anything that you can purchase when you arrive. Lastly, remember that you’re likely to purchase souvenirs, so you’ll need extra room for the trip back.
Once you’ve checked these three items off your to-do list, you’re free to spend all your time daydreaming about palm trees, sandy beaches and sunshine. Now, don’t you feel better?