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6 Important Steps to Take Before Going on a Family Vacation

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Family vacations should be fun, but if you’ve been in a family, you know: sometimes these are the most stressful character-building exercises on the planet. Whether the kids are fighting with one another, the vehicle is acting up, or the destination isn’t as expected, something almost always goes wrong.

Strangely enough, the best memories are made on such trips. So maybe you can’t control what happens on the road, but you can control how things are at home by preparing in advance. You might come home totally worn out, but you can be sure home will be just as you left it with the following steps.

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Unplug What Can be Unplugged

Be sure you don’t leave dangerous electronics plugged in. Microwaves, humidifiers, lamps; all should be unplugged. This reduces the cost of electricity while you’re gone. Even when electronics aren’t in use, they still draw from wall outlets. This also helps reduce the likelihood of an electrical fire.

 Be Sure the Fridge and Freezer are Both Prepped

Some things, like your freezer and refrigerator, can’t be unplugged. However, you can clean the fridge and close the doors close property. A good idea from that point is turning the temperature down so if it does get cracked open from an earthquake or something, items inside may remain cool longer.

A fridge can keep things cool for a day or two after power is lost if it isn’t opened in that time; depending on the time of year, your fridge, and what you have in it.

Find Security Solutions Utilizing Cutting Edge Technology

Options in alarm monitoring technology which incorporate modern IoT tech can make it possible for you to “check in” on your property whenever you like from your smartphone. If something does happen, you can contact the proper authorities, or have a friend come over and fix whatever the problem is.

Take Measures to Manage Your Pets, if You Have Them

If you can bring the family cat or dog with you, that’s a fine idea. Pups need more attention than cats. You can board your pets in a pet hotel, or get a friend to take care of them if you’re gone for an extended period of time.

Cats shouldn’t be left alone longer than 48 hours, but let’s be honest: you can leave a cat for a few weeks and it’ll be fine; this just isn’t ideal for your pet or your home. Cats left alone will catch mice, puke, and use the kitty restroom outside the box to show their displeasure at your absence.

Clean up the House Before You Leave

A good rule of thumb before leaving on vacation is to do a deep clean of your house. Get all packed up, then vacuum, wash the dishes, clean the counters, dust, do the laundry, reset couch cushions, tidy up the hall closet, and get everything in order. That way, when you return, you return to a clean home that’s ready for decompression from the trip.

Take Out Some Emergency Cash

You don’t know what you don’t know, and things can happen on the road that are unpredictable. You’ll want emergency money. Get enough to transport you and your family back home in one piece. If you’re going a hundred miles south for a weekend, then you’ll probably be fine with around $200, total.

If you’re heading out of the country for two weeks, you’ll want to bring $2k to $5k with you. Call it $1k per person up to about 3,000 miles.

That’s A Wrap!

Emergency cash, cleaning prior the trip, pet management plans, cutting edge security installation, prepping the fridge, and unplugging appliances represent six key steps to take before your upcoming family vacation. Hopefully this info helps you have a better trip!

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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