While cleaning may not seem like a priority because you’re not going to be home anyway, leaving a clean house will pay dividends on your return (your nose will thank you!). Mary Cecchini, founder of Living Big, a company that creates inspired adventures for women says you should never leaves home without: Clearing the fridge and pantry of foods that will go bad while you’re away; do the laundry and make sure the washing machine is empty of wet clothes and the dryer is off when you leave; change the sheets (after a day of traveling, there’s nothing better than sliding into your own bed on fresh sheets); take out the garbage and recycling (don’t forget to ask a neighbor to please bring in the cans for you); wash the dishes or run the dishwasher; and keep stagnant water smells at bay by sprinkling a little baking soda in the toilets and down the sink drains. Here is the ultimate travel checklist of things you need to remember for your next trip.
Pay before you go
If you’re not paying your bills online, prepay or schedule payments before you’re wheels up on the runway. There are other implications besides the electric or cable being shut off. “I don’t like to log in to my bank or credit card accounts when using free Wi-Fi for security reasons,” says Patti Reddi, a travel expert and owner of The Savvy Globetrotter. Make sure you know which common travel tips you can safely ignore.