A Checklist Of What Not To Forget

By Patricia Canole

Summer is here, and it’s time to escape to our favorite summer retreats! Whether it’s a cozy home tucked away in the woods or a beach house with an ocean view, planning and ensuring you have everything you need for a stress-free vacation is essential. Here’s your ultimate guide on how to get ready for relaxing days at your summer home.


CREATE A CHECKLIST Start by creating a checklist of everything you’ll need for your summer home vacation. This will help ensure you don’t forget anything essential and simplify your packing process. Make sure you have all the essentials like clothes, toiletries, kitchen appliances, medication, and any special items for your summer home activities, like fishing gear, beach toys, and other sporting equipment.

INVESTIGATE If you have the opportunity beforehand, take some time to check out your summer home thoroughly. Look for any damage or wear and tear that may have developed during the off-season. Ensure essential utilities, including water, electricity, and fuel, function.

STOCK UP Nothing dampens the exhilaration of a holiday like realizing you’ve run out of essential substances upon arrival. Stock up on groceries, household objects, and pantry staples before you depart for your summer-season home. A good rule of thumb is to pre-order cumbersome items like bottled water and non-perishable groceries and have them delivered directly to your doorstep upon arrival.  

OUTDOOR SPACE If your summer home has an outdoor space, whether a patio, deck, or garden, try to spruce it up before your excursion. Simple outdoor furnishings, such as grills or fire pits, make vacationing more enjoyable and encourage relaxation and enjoyment of the natural environment. 

PLAN ACTIVITIES One of the highlights of visiting your summertime home is indulging in favored activities and pastimes. If you enjoy trekking, swimming, boating, or lounging by the pool, plan out your sports earlier. Research neighborhood sights, trekking trails, or nearby beaches to explore during your stay. Having an itinerary ensures you make the maximum of your time away and create lasting memories. 

PACK SMART When packing for your trip, balance between practicality and casual dressy. Be sure your bags are packed with flexible clothing appropriate for diverse activities and weather conditions. Be mindful of essentials like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses for adults and children—and remember to take any favorite toys, too. If pets are in the picture, don’t forget their food, bowls and toys, too.

DON’T FORGET When leaving your permanent residence, lock all doorways and windows, set a timer on lights, and arrange to have your mail held at the local post office. If possible, have a family member or trusted neighbor check to see if all is well.

UNPLUG & RELAX Once you’ve arrived at your summer home, think about unplugging from emails and social media and immerse yourself in the splendor of this pristine environment. Embody the easy pleasure as you’ve arrive at your summer home. Spend excellent time with cherished ones, delight in the easy pleasures of summer season dwelling.

Finally, preparing for a vacation at your summer home is an exciting endeavor that requires careful planning and organization. By following these tips, you can ensure a seamless and enjoyable getaway that leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. So, pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and embark on a journey to your summer sanctuary. 

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