14 June 2013

4 Things Easily Forgotten When Going On Vacation

Ask any mom, the week before leaving on a vacation is always hectic and chaotic. Packing for a vacation can be extremely stressful and time consuming. When going on vacation packing is not the only thing that you have to prepare for. Here are a few things that you need to prepare for outside of your suitcases.

1. Mail
When you go on vacation the world does not stop and one of the things that keep going is the mail system. A lot of people completely forget about their mail when they go out of town. If your mail box becomes full the mail man will no longer be able to deliver your mail and he will return it to the post office and you will have to pick it up from there. Also a mail box full of mail is a great indicator to a thief that there is no one home, making your home an instant target. The best way to prevent these issues is to ask a friends or family member to pick up your mail for you or have the post office put your mail on hold. In order to have your mail put on hold you will have to go up to your local post office and fill out a form. When you get home from vacation you will have to go up to the post office and pick up all of your mail.

2. Plants
Have you ever come home from vacation and all of your plants are dead because you  have not been water all week or longer? This happens to so many people because it’s the farthest thing from their mind when preparing to go out of town. The best way to solve this problem is to have a friend, neighbor, or family member that you trust come over and water your plants for you. This way they can also check on your house and make sure that nothing has happened to it.

3. Neighbors
If you do not have plants that need to be watered you still need someone to keep an eye on your home. Your neighbors are the prefect people for the job. Reason being, that they don’t have to go very far to do this favor for you. Most people have a close enough relationship with their neighbors to ask them to keep an eye on their home for a week or so. If you have a neighborhood crime watch organization letting them know you will be out of town is extremely smart. This way they can watch your home extra closely.

4. Security System
There are a lot of people who do not have a home security company and don’t see the great importance it is to have one. Going on vacation is one of the most important times to have a home security company. I choose Smith Monitoring a Pasadena home security provider, as my home security company because they will install security cameras inside and outside of your home. This way while I am out of town if I want to check on my house I can view a live feed of my home via smart phone, Ipad, or desk top. This is a great feature that will give you peace of mind when on vacation.

Author Bio: Ally is a writer, wife, youth mentor, and health nut. Follow her blogs for all the current trends on home, health, and family.

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