As it’s all celebration season Christmas and all, there would be lots of travelling and vacation trips.
In order to meet your house in order just the way you left it, here are 10 checklists to tick off before leaving for your holiday destination.
1. Make a checklist of things needed
When the travel pressure hasn’t reached a high, make a list of all you’ll be needing during your trip — clothing, toiletries, media, medical, documents and other miscellaneous needs.
2. Make copies of documents
You need to make copies of all the essential documents you’ll be needing during your trip. You can also snap and email them to yourself, just in case.
3. Begin packing
Some people wait till the last minute before they start packing. This method makes you forget a lot of stuff. Use your checklist and begin packing on time so you don’t forget anything. Also, don’t forget to prepare your entertainment i.e. movies, books, etc. Learn the best kept secrets to packing your carry-on like a travel pro.
4. Call your bank
If you’re travelling out of the country, you might need to call your bank to get the necessary arrangements for an visa card or similar. You also need to inform them you’ll be travelling so they can monitor your domestic account.
5. Arrange the house
Wash your sheets, arrange your house and leave a clean house for your return.
6. Clean the fridge and empty trash
You wouldn’t want a putrid smell to be the first thing to welcome when you come back from your vacation. This is why you need to clean out any perishable from your fridge and empty your trash before you leave.
7. Tell a neighbour
Nigerians do not like to tell people they’re travelling. However, it is best to tell a neighbour that you’ll be away so they can keep an eye on your house, in case of emergencies.
8. Unplug and turn off appliances
Leaving your electronics on or plugged while you’re away may leave you to risk of electrical accidents, especially with unreliable power system as we have in Nigeria. You also stand the risks of high bills for something you didn’t use. It’s better to turn off the mains.
9. Turn off water supply and close the windows
Turn off the main water supply to avoid leaks and unnecessary bills. If you cannot close the mains, turn off all taps to avoid flooding. Close all the windows so rain and dust don’t get in.
10. Turn off the stove
This is the final and most important thing to do before you lock your house so you can be sure of doing it. You don’t want to travel and be asking yourself, “did i turn the stove off?”