Summer Travel: How to Plan & Pack for a Stress-Free Vacation
It’s summertime! Get out of the house, have some fun in the sun, and get the travel bug out of your system by planning a vacation that will have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. We’re sharing a few summer travel tips to ensure you’re planning and packing everything you need to fully enjoy your time away.
Plan for a Stress-Free Vacation
Hold the mail - If you know you’ll be out of town for an extended period of time, be sure to set up a mail hold with the post office to hold your mail until you get back. This small task may seem insignificant, but it’ll provide you with peace of mind knowing that your bills and forgotten-about packages won’t be waiting on your doorstep in the hot sun.
Find accommodations for your pets - If your upcoming vacation is a pet-free one, find accommodations for your animals at least three to four weeks in advance during the summer months. This will ensure you’re able to get your pets into the place you trust so that you can enjoy your time away.
Set up a water system for your plants - You’ve worked so hard to keep your plant babies alive– the last thing you want is to come home to withered leaves. Look online or head to your local plant shop to find a watering system that works for your plant set-up. Or, ask your neighbor to lend a helping hand!
Set timers for lighting - Because you don’t want to leave your house empty and vulnerable, it’s important to set timers for lighting while you’re away. Make it seem like someone is home at night by scheduling lights to come on for a set number of hours. This simple practice can save you from stress, and your home from intrusion.
Unplug appliances - You never know what can happen to your home while you’re away. And you don’t want to risk anything! Be sure to unplug all appliances that aren’t being put to use. Kitchen appliances, printers, blow dryers, lamps, etc. are among some of the outlets to check before you head out.
Pack for a Stress-Free Vacation
Come up with a rough itinerary ahead of time - Before you start your packing journey, come up with a rough itinerary of the activities you may be doing each day. Then, create a packing list based on those activities to avoid overpacking.
Take photos of your outfits before you pack - To prevent the inevitable “what am I going to wear?” debacle when you arrive to your destination, take photos of all your outfits before you put them in your suitcase. This way, you can easily scroll through your photos to determine which outfit best suits your activities of the day.
Use packing cubes - Getting everything you need into a suitcase is always a bit of a challenge. It takes strategy, organization, and concise planning to make sure you pack all the essentials. You can use packing cubes to help keep things together and to help provide space for everything.
Don’t forget the in-case-of-emergency (ICE) extras - Vacations hardly ever go exactly as planned. To prepare for whatever life throws your way, pack an emergency bag filled with things that could save the day. Shout wipes, pain reliever, fashion tape, bandaids, safety pins, at-home COVID tests, and more can be included in your ICE pack.
We hope this blog was helpful to prepare you for your upcoming getaway! Enjoy your time away!