Taking a trip out of the country can be overwhelming. There are lots of important details to tend to before you leave your home behind. With the right amount of planning, you can make this a smooth and seamless venture and ensure that nothing gets overlooked. Following is a comprehensive checklist to help you get started.
Make sure that there are no loose ends at work. Let your co-workers know when you will be leaving and your exact date of return. Send out regular email reminders in advance of your trip so that no one forgets. Clean out your inbox and delegate all unfinished business to capable parties. You should also create an auto-message for all email contacts and update your status on your voice message. Have a special contact person set up in the office to field calls and mitigate problems on your behalf.
At home, let your utility companies know that you’ll be leaving and for how long. Turn off the gas and electricity in your home if you’re worried about potential fires. In houses that require these measures, you can even have the utility company handle this for you. Clean out your refrigerator so that no spoiled foods are awaiting you when you return. If you have the funds, consider hiring a housekeeper to do one final clean before you go. This way, you can come home to a tidy and fresh-smelling abode.
Have your vehicle serviced. Sitting dormant for several months can be just as bad for a vehicle as heavy use and limited or poor maintenance. Make sure that all fluids are at the appropriate levels and be sure that your gas tank is full. This will prevent sediment from collecting in the engine as the water within fuel begins to evaporate.