We all love to plan ahead for our vacation, researching what to pack and where to go, but how often do you prepare for the return? As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure.
Nobody wants their incredible vacation to end, but you can make the transition easier by doing these 5 things before you even leave:
1) Schedule an Extra Day Off
If possible, schedule an extra day off for yourself. After spending time in train stations, airplanes or other touristy places, your immune system will be as exhausted as you. Your chances of getting sick compound when you don’t schedule a day off before going back to work.
If you don’t have the luxury of taking extra time off, be sure to re-hydrate and get good sleep. Melatonin supplements can help you to get back on a regular sleep schedule and coconut or lemon infused water will help boost your immunity.
2) Pay Your Bills
Nothing screams “back to the real world” like coming home to a stack of unpaid bills. Pre-pay what you can or set up auto payments with your bank. You will also want to mark this on your calendar so that you are not surprised if an automatic deduction is taken from your account while you are away.
3) Clean Your House
Just like you should be making time to pack efficiently, set aside time to tidy up. Imagine spending your vacation in a beautiful hotel with fresh sheets and room service, only to return to a mess. Or worse, imagine coming home after roughing it on an exotic adventure and realizing your home bathroom is dirty. Take time to change your sheets and towels before you leave so that you can come home to a clean, relaxing environment.
4) Check Your Fridge
Dispose of anything that might spoil and plan ahead for what you will be eating when you return. Long days of traveling can be exhausting and you may not have the energy to prepare dinner when you get back. If you plan to eat out for your first post-vacation meal, check the hours of operation at your local eateries. Learn from our mistakes and avoid coming home to an empty fridge and closed restaurants!
Before leaving, we like to stock up on non-perishable items that are easy to cook such as ingredients for pasta agilo e olio. This makes coming home from vacation more…palatable!
5) Have a Security Plan
If you have a home alarm system, don’t forget to turn it on before you leave! You can also set your lights onto timers or use smart bulbs to control your lights from wherever you are in the world.
Additionally, be sure to keep an eye on your online profiles and bank statements. Using unsecured networks used while traveling can make you more susceptible to hacking.
Finally, as tempting as it can be to post everything on social media, don’t! Constant updates about your exact whereabouts and departure times makes you an easy target for crime.
We all love to think that nothing bad would happen to us, but by taking precautions and planning ahead, we can eliminate the chances of dealing with a headache when we get home!