Before the Trip Checklist

Trip To Do ListRecently when we left to go out of town, we left the back door unlocked.  Oops!  It’s hard to remember everything when we’re getting ready for a trip and walking out the door.  We really need a checklist.


2 Days Before Leaving:

  • Clean house
  • Laundry
  • Check if any bills need to be paid
  • Return library books or rented movies
  • Find a book for the trip
  • Charge camera batteries

1 Day Before Leaving:

  • Pack
  • Charge cell phone
  • Get gas for car or confirm plane tickets
  • Get snacks for the trip

Day of Trip:

  • Water plants
  • Pick up around the house
  • Toss perishable food from fridge
  • Take out trash
  • Take care of pet

Walking Out the Door:

  • Set thermostat
  • Check locks on doors and windows
  • Unplug computer and tv
  • Make sure oven is off

Anything else to not forget?

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  1. oh, taking out the trash. I am such a freak about this. This is on my “walking out the door” list – I am crazy obsessive about it.

    Great list!

  2. love this list, I’m going to use it before my trip to the lake! Although we have someone staying in our home to watch the dog, I’ll only change the “clean out fridge” to “stock fridge”.

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  3. Cool list! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Make sure the dishwasher is empty — no dirty dishes and no standing water — and there aren’t damp clothes in the wash. Especially in the summer, don’t give mold a place to take hold.