House Preparation

1 Check the local weather before leaving
2 Have a backup option and mentally run through the entire trip
3 Turn on the alarm right before you leave and direct the alarm to a friend/relative or police if your phone isn’t going to be on roaming
4 Always carry these according to local weather conditions – Umbrella, hat, rain jacket, jumper, scarf, Sunglasses
5 Arrange care for Pets & Plants
6 Contact newspaper services to temporarily stop and mail delivery services to be collected by someone
7 Close curtains and blinds before leaving the house and organise a trusted person to check on the house
8 Check the taps, cooker before you take off
9 Make copies of all the documents that you are taking and send it to your email and save it under favourites
10 Make sure to get rid of perishable food from your fridge and turn off fridge
11 If you can, put lights on timers or leave an energy saving light to avoid intruders as they target unlit homes
12 Leave house key and trip itinerary with a trusted friend or relative
13 Lock all doors and windows
14 Store valuables in a safe place
15 Prearrange school and other activity absences for children
16 Turn off heater/air conditioner