It’s always an exciting time when you’re getting ready to go on holiday. It’s a well-deserved break and a change of pace, even if it takes a little organising. Going on holiday can be a little stressful too though, especially if you’re worrying about things back home. Before you go, there are a few things you should do so that you don’t have to stress about anything that might be happening at home while you’re trying to enjoy yourself. It will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on relaxing and having fun. Here are some tasks worth completing before you jet off.
Check Your Insurance
If something happens while you’re away, you want to know that your home is protected. You don’t usually need to inform your home insurance provider of your holiday unless you’re going away for more than 30 days, but it is a good idea to check your policy. It’s also a good excuse to think about switching to a new provider if you’re not happy with your current one. Get in touch with a home insurance broker to ask them about your options. You will probably want to know that your home is protected in the event of a break-in, but also if something happens such as a fire or storm damage.
Arrange Pet Care
Sometimes your pets can come on holiday with you but it’s often not possible. If you have to leave them behind, arranging for someone to take care of them is a must. Some pets are better at home where they feel comfortable and you can get someone (a friend, relative, or pet sitter) to come and stay with them or drop in every day. Other pets can board somewhere else while you’re away, whether it’s in a kennel or cattery, in a pet sitter’s home, or with a friend or family member willing to take them.
Have Someone Check on the House
When your home is left empty, there could be a risk of break-ins and other crimes. Plus, there will be no one there to notice if anything happens to go wrong inside the house. Asking someone to keep an eye on it for you can help to put your mind at rest. You could ask a neighbour to watch your home for you, get someone to drop by to pick up the post, or even have a house sitter come to stay while you’re away.
Tell People You’re Going Away
It might seem obvious, but if you haven’t told anyone the dates you will be away and where you’re going, it’s best to do it before you leave. You can let them know that you’ll be leaving and perhaps give someone a spare key to your home. Make sure people are able to contact you, especially if you’re not going to be online much, or that they know where to contact if you won’t be easy to get hold of.
Before you go away, get things in order at home so that you can enjoy your holiday without worrying.