by Texas Homesteader ~
I needed a way to feel comfortable that we hadn’t forgotten something when locking the door to leave for a weekend trip. Don’t you just hate when you leave for the weekend and worry that you’ve forgotten something? Me too!
But no more! Check out today’s easy Homestead Hack, y’all.
A Few Days Away From Home
Our trips away are often during a weekend. But sometimes the duration is a week or so. And after all the excitement of planning a quick trip away together, sometimes the joy is sucked right out before we ever drive away.
Clouds of doubt circle my head as we drive down the driveway:
“Did we unplug the coffee pot? What about the garden pump, did we turn it off? Uuuggg, I forgot to take the compost bucket out to the tumbler before we left. It’ll surely be a mess by the time we get back!”
We don’t travel often but every time we do I feel that familiar “what did we forget” dread. I know most of you must feel the same.
Smart Phone Travel Checklist To The Rescue
This is a simple solution and one we’ve used successfully for years. I use my smart phone. (OMGosh y’all, 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 remember to do before we leave, things to pack and even a home 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 used coffee 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 for our trip. Things such as our insulated travel mugs, our portable hot spot, tablets, medications, our dog’s food & supplies, sunblock, etc.
There are about 15 options in this section but not all items will be needed on every trip.
So I just read off the items & RancherMan notes whether they’ve already 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.
Also noted here is to set our security alarm and adjust the settings on our security camera to send us a text if any movement or sound is detected.
Peace of Mind When Traveling
Let me tell ya, this simple list sure brings us some peace of mind when traveling.
These travel checklist notes solve the conversation:
“Did you lock the shed?”
“No, I thought YOU locked the shed!”.
So when we’re finally all ready to leave for a fun trip – before the bags are zipped up and placed in the trunk, I simply open this travel checklist note on my phone. RancherMan and I only need about 60 seconds to go through the list.
We don’t necessarily need to pack or do all of the items on the travel checklist depending upon the destination or our length of absence, but all items to consider are brought up just in case.
And we can easily update this list whenever we find another item that needs added. It’s a very flexible, ever-changing and very helpful tool for us.
But as simple as this solution is, it sure offers us a peace of mind that was always missing on previous trips. No more leaving the house with that dread, wondering if we forgot something!
If you don’t have a smart phone this checklist just can just be written up, printed out and stored in your suitcase instead. Let me tell ya, that kind of peace of mind when you’re away from home is priceless!
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