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29 key TO DO’s for your pre holiday checklist

We are less than 2 months away from the start of the school summer holidays, and as such it’s the perfect time to start to write down things that you need to do before you go away anywhere – to save stress and hassles nearer the time. That’s where a pre holiday checklist comes in really handy.29 things to add to your TO DO list before you go away on holiday - do you do them all?
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What is a pre holiday checklist?

It’s basically a TO DO list for the weeks leading up to your holiday, to ensure that

  • You have everything you need
  • Your home is safe and secure while you are away
  • You can rest assured that your home will be a nice place to come home to

So, whether you are going for a few days, or a few weeks, most of the following tips will apply – why not get your pre holiday checklist started today and see how much easier going away is when you have one!

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Two Months Before you leave:-

  • #1 Check all your holiday documentation is in order i.e. passport, tickets, insurance – This is key as without the right documents in place, you may not be able to go at all. Doing it this early on means you have more chance of getting everything sorted in time (especially if you find your passport is out of date, for example). Also write down all the addresses and telephone numbers you may need when you’re away and either add to your mobile phone or create a small folder with everything in.
  • #2 – Consider transport. You may need a book a taxi to the airport (or ask a friend), you may have to book car parking, or if you are driving you will want to give your car a once-over to ensure it’s ready to travel. Ensure you can get to where you’re going!.
  • #3 – Sort out pets. If you have pets you need to work out where they will be staying while you are away. Arrange for a pet sitter, book kennels, ask a friend or family member to help out.
  • #4 – Sort out any jabs you need

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One month before you leave:-

  • #5 – Medication?. If you are on any medication, then check you not only have enough for while you are away, but also for a few days when you’re back to give you time to reorder.
  • #6 – Begin to write your packing list for your holiday. Think of everything from suitcases and bags, clothes, entertainment, toiletries, to medication – put everything you can think of down on the list.
  • #7 – Create a shopping list for items you need to get for your holiday and start to shop for everything

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1 week before you leave:-

  • #8 – Cancel any one off deliveries you may be expecting. Or re-route to a friends address -you don’t want a large package sitting on your front porch if you are away….
  • #9 – Cancel the milk / newspaper or anything else you get delivered regularly
  • #10 – Tell neighbours you are going away. If you get on with your neighbours then let them know you are away as they can keep a general eye on your home for you.
  • #11 – Get a friend to check the house regularly – any parcels or post building up on the front door are dead giveaways that there’s no-one in the house
  • #12 – Ensure all bills are up to date – better be up to date than come back to no hot water!
  • #13 – Inform your mobile phone company and get roaming set up so you can use your phone abroad.
  • #14 – Gather together everything you want to pack for your holidays and if you need to buy anything else, now’s the time! T
  • #15 – Inform your bank you are going away so your card doesn’t get stopped or you have any hassles when you’re out and about.

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2 days before you leave:-

  • #16 – Watering plants etc.. needs to be considered. There are some self watering systems out there which I have yet to try, or you could get a friend to stop by while you are away and water them for you. Whatever your plan, don’t come back to a load of dead plants if you can help it!
  • #17 – Clean the house ready for your return. A really hard job to get motivated to do before you are going away, and one that frankly, you could do without, but if you can clean your house as close as you can to leaving it, you will love coming back from holidays tired and walking through the door knowing that the house is clean and nothing needs doing.
  • #18 – Freeze a meal for your return so you have something easy and quick available for you when you walk through the door. If you don’t want to cook a meal, then at least have something in the cupboards ready for you (pasta and a sauce works well), and also think about having a carton of UHT milk on standby so you can have a hot drink (this is especially useful if you are arriving home in the small hours of the morning when everything’s shut). I usually have a loaf of bread in my freezer so that I can have some toast, which often works well.
  • #19 – Pack your bags and label them (also weigh them if you are flying and ensure that¬† you haven’t exceeded your limits)

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The day before you leave:-

  • #20 – Set a few lights on a timer – this way your home looks like there’s someone there even when you’re out
  • #21 – Clean out the fridge and empty all bins – the last thing you want to come home to is the smell of rotting food..
  • #22 – Secure your home – check all locks, ensure the alarm is working and someone you trust has access in an emergency
  • #23 – Remove any flowers in vases or plants that won’t last – they will start to rot and smell if left
  • #24 – Double check travel times etc….

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The day you leave:-

  • #25 – Do the washing up and put everything away that you have used before you leave.
  • #26 – Tidy up! – Don’t leave things out for burglars to see and be tempted by
  • #27 – Pack your last few bits (toothbrush etc…) that you have needed to use right up to leaving. I find it handy to have a checklist of these things on top of the suitcase so I can check them off as I add them to the case – saves having to think much before you go!
  • #28 – Turn off/down the heating. If you are going away during the winter consider leaving on at least a little so the pipes don’t freeze and burst…
  • #29 – Last minute walk around the house to ensure everything’s locked, nothings left on etc…

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these 29 things are the countdown to your holiday - get them all done and you will be prepared! holiday checklistTick all these off your pre holiday checklist, and you can be assured of a more restful holiday, with less stress thrown into the mix before you go – and who wouldn’t want that!


UPDATE – Printable pre-holiday Checklist is also available to download for free HERE


Do you have anything that you would add to this list? Please leave your comment below as I’d love to hear from you….


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