Preparing for a Vacation

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Here are some easy tips to help you when Preparing for a Vacation. Hopefully these will help make your hard earned vacation a breeze.
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It is right around the corner… that vacation that you have been waiting so long for. You need to get ready for it, but where do you start? What needs to be done? Here are some tips to help you prepare:

Protect Your Home

This is the first thing that should be done. Your home needs to be protected whether you are there or not. You can get a great security service in place from an authorized ADT dealer. ADT provides monitoring service that is absolutely great and will leave you with the peace of mind that your home is being watched by ADT security professionals.

Where are You Going?

One of the most popular vacation destinations in the world is Disney’s Magic Kingdom. If this is where you happen to be going, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you and your family have a great experience. One of the most important things is to stay right on the property. This actually gives you a few perks. You never need to worry about parking and can take shuttles to and from the parks. You also get entry to the park before the general public, which gives you the chance to get on those rides before the lines get unbearably long.

Road Trip Anyone?

If you happen to be planning a road trip, you will need to get your car ready. You will want to ensure that your oil has recently been changed as well as your air filter. Check the tread and the air pressure on the tires. Make sure all of your water reservoirs have been topped off. You might also want to think about getting an alignment to save the wear on your tires. Also, make sure that your insurance is up to date.

Clean the House

Now that you know where you are going and how you will be getting there, it is time to take a look around your house and see what needs to be done before your vacation. You might want to take just a few minutes and straighten your house up so that you don’t return to a great big mess along with having to unpack your bags. This doesn’t have to be a top to bottom cleaning, but go ahead and put any clean laundry away, wash and put away the dishes, wipe the counters down, dust, vacuum and put any toys away. Get the kids involved.

Take Care of the Deliveries

This is important. You don’t want newspapers and mail piling up. It only does it look bad, it also tells people that you are not home and serves as an invitation to thieves. That being said, suspend the mail and any newspapers. You can do both of these things online. For the mail, go to and for your newspapers, go to their website.

Living Things

If you have anything in your home that is alive – pets, plants, etc., you will want to plan to have someone take care of them while you are away. If you have pets, you might hire a pet sitter or take them to a pet daycare. If you hire a pet sitter, have them water the plants while they are there.

Making sure that you take care of these things should make leaving for your vacation easy and pleasurable.


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  • Reply Marion

    Thanks for the tips.

    February 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    These are great tips. I have never been away from home more than a weekend. Now I know what to do if I ever go on a long vacation with my family. We do have a fish. I might have to ask my neighbor to care for my daughter’s fish.

    January 29, 2017 at 1:51 am
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    These are all good tips on things to do at/for your home to prepare for a vacation

    October 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Clarissa Lopez

    We love going on vacations even if they are just mini ones. I totally agree with cleaning the house. Two moths ago I came home to ants in my kitchen. Next time I’m totally using bug spray after cleaning my kitchen before a vaction 🙂

    October 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Kayla Flynn

    We love going away on small vacations. The worst part is cleaning up after the dog sitter when we come home!

    October 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    Yes, there’s nothing worse than coming home to a dirty house. Especially, when you can do just a few quick things to make it tidier. Also, the fridge and garbage must be tended to before leaving! Stinky garbage or rotten food is crummy.

    October 23, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Marie Cole

    These are all great tips unfortunately we don’t get to go on long vacations but we do try to do a weekend here and there when we can.

    October 23, 2016 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Yes to clean the house!! Its like a ritual that I must do lol!! I love coming home to a clean house and oddly, leaving a clean house is so comforting!!

    October 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Dandi D

    My family would love to take a vacation, but we can’t afford to, so we do fun things close to home.

    October 22, 2016 at 10:05 am
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