Things to Do Before Your Vacation

Getting ready for a vacation can be stressful. I like to make sure that everything at my house is in order before we go so I’m not stressed when we get home!  There is nothing worse than coming home from a long vacation to a chaotic house. Check out this blog post about things to do before your vacation!

There are things you can do before your vacation to lessen the stress when you get home!

Before we go on our vacation I am usually THE MOST stressed.  While my husband and my son are getting excited I’m trying to think of everything I need to get done before we go.  You’d think by now I’d have this down to an art, but I’m still worried I will forget something super important and it will ruin our entire vacation.  Maybe writing this blog post will help me get more organized as well.  So here are the things you should do before your vacation!

A few weeks before…

  • Subscribe to our monthly newsletter and get access to download my Ultimate Packing List and start getting organized in regards to what you will need to purchase before your trip.
  • Set out an empty hamper and fill it with things you will need for vacation as you remember.
  • Get haircuts!  I don’t usually get my haircut, but I always make sure my husband and son get a haircut a few weeks before we go so they aren’t shaggy for the pictures!
  • Finalize your travel plans and itinerary for your trip.  Finalize your budget for your trip as well!
Basket to set aside things to pack
My current basket I’m using to get prepared for our next trip!

A week before…  

  • Clean out your kitchen!  Check out this post I did a while back about getting your kitchen spick and span before your trip!
  • Make sure you eat up any perishables before you leave – clean out the fridge as well!
  • Pay bills that will be due while you are on vacation (and a few days after just in case).
  • Deep clean your bathrooms.  No one wants to come home to a dirty bathroom!
  • Get small bills for tipping and/or tolls.

A couple of days before…

  • Laundry, laundry, and MORE LAUNDRY.
  • Make sure all those electronics are charged up.  You know..  the ones to keep your kids occupied in the car!  You might want to check out my post on the ways to keep yourself sane during that road trip!
  • Water your plants.  If you have them.  I ALWAYS forget to do this!
  • PACK as much as you can!
  • If you tend to get a lot of mail you may want to place a hold on it while you are gone.  You can easily do this right on the USPS website!

The day/night before your vacation…

  • Make sure you throw out (or give to a friend/neighbor) the perishables that you didn’t eat by now.  Anything that will be spoiled by the time you get back should be taken out.
  • Take out the trash!
  • Make sure all dishes are clean.

RIGHT before you leave…

  • Turn down the AC or heat depending on the time of the year.  You don’t want to be wasting energy while you are gone!
  • Also unplug any electronics that won’t be in use while you are gone.  Be careful NOT to unplug your DVR if you have one.  That was a sad surprise when we got home from vacation!  Duh!
  • Pack all the last-minute items you needed before you left!
  • PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE and be confident that you did everything you needed to do!  It’s time to enjoy that vacation!!

Things to Do Before Your Vacation

What would YOU add to this list?  I’d love to hear your ideas and I will update the post with them!

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Heidi

    Yes! To all of this. Also, a few days before…shop for all those snacks you’ll need along the way (and travel items) and clean out your car. And a week before, make sure you have enough of your meds to last through vacation and refill them if needed. I bring a whole gallon sized bag of medications I will need and might need and keep them in a backpack.

    1. Taryn

      Yes! I don’t know how I forgot snacks!! Haha! We just cleaned our car last week as well. I’m sure there is so much more… too much to do…

  2. Samara

    Check the weather where you are heading to pack accordingly 🙂

    1. Taryn

      Yes! Great tip!

  3. Lisa

    Great tips! I especially love the reminder to use up perishables or donate them to a neighbor. That is a stinky one to forget!

    The night before we try to gas up the vehicle so we don’t have to make a stop immediately on our drive. It’s just one less thing to have to do the day of.

    1. Taryn

      Yes! That is another great tip!!

  4. willsavefortravel

    All great advice! Especially about the DVR! haha

    1. Taryn

      Right? That was a real bummer for sure! Haha!

  5. disneytriviablog

    Great tips! Packing can be both fun and stressful at the same time; it can be very easy to forget something so it is great to have a guide like this.

    1. Taryn

      Yes! Packing makes it “real” yet can also be stressful! I need to remember that if you forget something you can usually buy it somewhere!

    1. Taryn

      I’m glad I’m not alone!

  6. enjoyingthedays17

    The hair cuts. Yes! My husband put smart thermoatthe in our home so that he can control the temotempera from his telephone while we are not there if need be. You have shared a lot of great tios! As for the laundry basket, we go to WDW so much that I actually have a drawer in my dresser for Disney Parks supplies and things that I think we might want to bring on our next trip. Haha.

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