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Pine Valley Apartments Blog, Elkton, MD  Summer's here and for many of our apartment residents that means heading out on vacation. We've got tips!

August is traditionally a time to head out on vacation before school begins again, and we’ve got some tips to prepare your apartment and plan for you absence in today’s Pine Valley Apartments Blog post, so read up and then head on out of Elkton, or even Maryland, for a well-deserved summer vacation.


Plan Ahead

Check your reservations before you leave as it’s much easier to change plans or update information from your home base than when you are enroute.  Also check the weather and road conditions if you will be driving. Plan your route to include periodic breaks to stretch, walk around, etc. Take car-friendly snacks with you to cut down on the cost of purchasing food from gas stations enroute.


Prepare Your Apartment

Take time to clean your apartment before you leave. Take out the trash, clean out the refrigerator, do the laundry, and sprinkle baking soda in the toilets just before you leave to prevent that stagnant, standing water smell that can develop while you’re away.  It is always a pleasure to come home to a clean apartment.  


Arrange for mail pickup, pet care if necessary, thoroughly water plants, turn off electronics (unplug if susceptible to power surges), and let someone know you’re going to be away and your expected return time. Don’t post that you’ll be away on social media.


Coming Home

It’s awesome to spend time on vacation seeing new sights and visiting other parts of the country, but there is something to be said for the comfort of arriving home and sleeping in your own bed. Make the experience of sleeping in your own bed even better by changing the bed linens BEFORE you leave - then nice, clean, fresh sheets will welcome you home.  


Likewise, take time to prep for an easy meal for your arrival home. The last thing you will want to do when you get back, tired from traveling, is have to figure out what to eat. A freezer meal would be a good choice, and a well-stocked pantry can make all the difference.


If possible, give yourself a full day at home before you have to head back to your normal, daily routine. Having that day makes it so much easier to get back into the swing of things.


What are your favorite tips to prepare for traveling and vacationing? Please share in the comments so we can all benefit from your knowledge.