Heading out of town for vacation? Whatever your plans, here’s a list of things to take care of before you leave.
1.) Let your financial/card issuer know about your plans
Give your financial/card issuer a call before you leave. Let them know your vacation destination so they can put a note on your account to honor card transactions you make while traveling.
2.) Check your auto insurance plan for coverage
If you plan on renting a car, check with your auto insurance provider to find out if rental cars are covered in your policy.
3.) Pay all your bills
Before heading out, make sure all of your monthly bills are paid up. You don’t want to be busy paying bills during your vacay or risk getting late fees.
4.) Put your mail on hold
If you’ll be gone a while, ask the USPS to hold your mail at the post office until your return. You can do this online.
5.) Unplug your electronics
Pull the plug on all small appliances and electronics before you leave to prevent vampire energy leakage.
6.) Clean your home
Before your departure, give your house a thorough cleaning so you’ll be greeted by a spotless, clean-smelling house upon your return. You’ll also help avoid an invasion by ants or other critters.
7.) Let your mobile service provider know about your travel plans
If you’re traveling abroad, check with your cellphone company about possible overseas service plans that allow you to use your smartphone for calls, texts and internet access when on vacation.
8.) Adjust your thermostat
If you have the AC blasting throughout the summer, remember to adjust your thermostat before leaving. Turning it off completely is unwise, as you’ll want some air to circulate to keep humidity under control and to avoid mold growth. Also, set your hot water heater to vacation mode/setting.
9.) Invest in a timer
Keep the prowlers out by setting your lights to go on and off in different rooms and at different times of the day throughout your vacation.
10.) Confirm your reservations
It’s always a good idea to confirm your flight, hotel room, car rental and attractions before setting out on your trip. You may have booked some of these reservations months ago, and you don’t want any unpleasant surprises ruining your vacation.
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful, relaxing vacation!