by Tammy Taylor~
Don’t you just hate when you leave for the weekend and worry that you’ve forgotten something? Me too! Our trips are often during a weekend but sometimes the duration is a week or so. Clouds of doubt circle my head: “Did we unplug the coffee pot? What about the garden pump, did we turn it off? Uuug, I forgot to take the compost outside before we left!”
We don’t travel often but every time we do I feel that familiar “what did we forget” dread, I know most of you are the same. But no more! Check out today’s easy homestead hack, y’all.
This is a simple solution and one we’ve used successfully for years. I use my smart phone. (how did we ever get along without those things??) I’ve created a note page on my phone called Travel Notes. In that note page is a checklist for things to do before we leave, things to pack and even a security section.
Things To Do
For instance under things to do I’ve noted such tasks as stop mail delivery, adjust the thermostat for our absence, empty the compost bucket, clean the grounds from the coffee pot, unplug the cistern pump and many more. These are usually the things we always want to do before leaving for a weekend (or longer).
Things To Pack
Under things to pack I have items to remember to bring on our trip such as our travel mugs, our portable hot spot, tablets, medications, Bailey’s supplies, etc. There are about 15 options in this section but not all items will be needed on every trip. I just read off the items & RancherMan notes whether they’ve been packed, or whether they’re even needed this time.
There’s even a section on security. It reminds us to make sure the feed shed is locked as well as RancherMan’s tool box, the gun safe, etc. This section solves the conversation: “did you lock the shed?” “No, I thought YOU locked the shed!”. LOL
So when we’re ready to leave for a trip, before the bags are zipped up and placed in the trunk, I simply open this note on my phone and RancherMan and I take about 60 seconds to go through the checklist. We don’t necessarily need to pack or do all of the items on the list depending upon the destination or our length of absence, but they’re remembered anyway just in case. And we can easily update this list whenever we find another item that needs added. No more leaving the house wondering if we forgot something!
If you don’t have a smart phone this checklist can be written up and stored in your suitcase instead. Let me tell ya, it’s a great peace of mind!
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