4 Things to Do of Before Leaving on Vacation
Last month, I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Florida. It was one of those spontaneous opportunities, and I only had a week to prepare. I pulled out my list of things to take care of when going on vacation and it helped take the stress out of getting ready to leave.
When leaving for more than three days, it’s important to take care of things that don’t broadcast the fact that you’re not home.
I asked my neighbor to take in my mail and to keep an eye on the house. If you don’t have a neighbor you can trust, arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail. Leaving your mail to pile up in the mailbox not only signals you’re not home, but it is also an opportunity for an identity thief to sift through your mail looking for bank records, credit card statements, and other financial information they can use to steal from you.
Know How Much You Can Spend
It’s so easy to spend more than you can afford while away, but I’m a firm believer in following a budget. My husband and I sat down and discussed our spending limits before we ever packed. In my book, if I have to pay on a credit card for the next year to pay off a few days of fun, it’s not worth it.
Make It Look Like Your Home
I have a couple digital programmable timers that turn on lights when I’m not home. These timers make it possible to have lights come on at different times in different rooms making it look like someone is home to passersby.
Pay Your Bills
Unfortunately, bills don’t take a vacation. I looked ahead and saw the electric bill would fall due while I was gone. This is one bill I don’t pay online, so I went in and paid it before I left. I asked for a receipt just in case anything wonky would result because I paid ahead of time.
Don’t Announce Your Trip on Social Medial
While this isn’t on my list, it is worth a reminder not to announce your trip on Facebook or other social media sites. It’s like announcing that your house is empty. Wait until you get home to share the news.