TRAVEL PREP LIST
√ INFORM KUMON, JUKU, MUSIC TEACHERS, PARENTS
_ PREPARE SUITCASES/TRAVELBAGS A FEW DAYS BEFOREHAND – CHECK FOR CRACKS/DAMAGE
newspaper man coming tomorrow PREPAY HOUSEHOLD BILLS, TAXES.
√ WASH LINEN/BEDSHEETS 1 WEEK BEFOREHAND
WASH/IRON NECESSARY TRAVEL CLOTHES BEFOREHAND
Take these steps before you travel to help insure your home doesn’t look vacant or abandoned:
DH ~ STOP NEWSPAPERS
DH ~ STOP THE MAIL. Request that your mail be held by the post office. When you return home, RESTORE SERVICES
√~ NOTIFY NEIGHBOUR OF TRAVEL DATE, and ask them to keep an eye on your property.
√~ GARDEN – TIDY & PACK AWAY GARDEN TOOLS. CLEAR COBWEBS Make sure your grass is cut and planting beds look neat and cared for.
Tomorrow PREPARE TO MOVE POTTED PLANTS ONTO DECK COVERED WITH LARGE STRAW MAT– HAVE ENOUGH PET BOTTLES FOR WATERING
Ask a friend or neighbour to look after your plants while you’re on your getaway. Mulch the garden beds before you leave and then give them a good watering, while moving any potted plants into the shade. As for indoor plants, a useful tip is to cut an absorbent cloth into strips and lay one end into a bowl of water and the other in on the pop-up. This way the pop-up will draw water through the cloth while you’re away. If you’ll be gone for several weeks during the summer, arrange for and prepay a lawn service or neighborhood teen to mow your yard.
_TAKE CARE OF HOUSEPLANTS – PUT THEM IN SHADE OUTSIDE? OR NOT
√ PET FISH – WASH OUT TANK JUST BEFORE – & FEED, ETC.Take whatever steps you can before you travel to save on energy, but only if it will not impair the TEMPERATURE & AIR QUALITY for the sake of fish. Draw curtains to keep room cool…leave only fishtank curtains open
√~ THROW OUT EMPTY BOTTLES AND BOXES EARLY – MAKE SURE RECYCLING BOTTLES ARE REMOVED ON LAST GOMITRUCK DATE
Tomorrow ~ CLEAR ALL INDIVIDUAL ROOM TRASH
Tomorrow EMPTY THE GARBAGE CAN MAKE SURE RAW FOOD GARBAGE IS TAKEN OUT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE LAST TRUCK REMOVAL DAY
Tonite CLEAR FOOD SUPPLIES & FRIDGE
Tomorrow CLEAN STOVE & MICROWAVE OVEN BEFOREHAND
Tonite EMPTY FRIDGE/CLEAN THOROUGHLY A FEW DAYS BEFORE HAND
Tonite CLEAR LAUNDRY & FOLD LAUNDRY IN TIME FOR TRIP – REMEMBER TO BRING IN LAST MINUTE LAUNDRY FROM BALCONY – LEAVE OUT RAGS & DECOY CLOTHES so there will be no sign of an empty house
√ CLEAR & TIDY CLOSETS/ DRAWERS A WEEK BEFOREHAND – THEN PACK CLOTHES FOR TRIP 2 – 3 DAYS BEFOREHAND
Tomorrow spotcheck TIDY INDIVIDUAL ROOM AFTER PACKING OWN CLOTHES & PERSONAL EFFECTS
√ CLEAN OUT MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER RACKS
√ CLEAR & CLEAN PORCH SPACE (facilitate luggage).
JUST BEFORE LEAVING
_ UNPLUG APPLIANCES (E.G. WATERPOT), GAS, OFF HEATER, GAS, ALL LIGHTS
_ APPLIANCES – Disconnect appliances, computers, TVs, and recording devices before traveling, both to save energy and in case of an electrical surge or storm.
_ CHECK ALL ROOMS – SECURE WINDOWS, DOORS –
_ SET SECURITY SYSTEM [Set up a temporary contact in case of an emergency].