Homestead Hack: Peace Of Mind Before A Trip

by Tammy Taylor~

Don’t you just hate when you leave for the weekend and worry that you’ve forgotten something? Me too!  Our trips are often during a weekend but sometimes the duration is a week or so.  Clouds of doubt circle my head:  “Did we unplug the coffee pot?  What about the garden pump, did we turn it off?  Uuug, I forgot to take the compost outside before we left!”

We don’t travel often but every time we do I feel that familiar “what did we forget” dread, I know most of you are the same. But no more!  Check out today’s easy homestead hack, y’all.

We don't travel often but every time we do I feel that familiar "what did we forget" dread. But no more! Check out this homestead hack. #TaylorMadeHomestead

This is a simple solution and one we’ve used successfully for years. I use my smart phone.  (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 do before we leave, things to pack and even a security section.

We don't travel often but every time we do I feel that familiar "what did we forget" dread. But no more! Check out this homestead hack. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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 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 on our trip such as our travel mugs, our portable hot spot, tablets, medications, Bailey’s supplies, etc.  There are about 15 options in this section but not all items will be needed on every trip.  I just read off the items & RancherMan notes whether they’ve been packed, or whether they’re even needed this time.

Security Items

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.  This section solves the conversation: “did you lock the shed?”  “No, I thought YOU locked the shed!”.  LOL

So when we’re ready to leave for a trip, before the bags are zipped up and placed in the trunk, I simply open this note on my phone and RancherMan and I take about 60 seconds to go through the checklist.  We don’t necessarily need to pack or do all of the items on the list depending upon the destination or our length of absence, but they’re remembered anyway just in case. And we can easily update this list whenever we find another item that needs added. No more leaving the house wondering if we forgot something!

If you don’t have a smart phone this checklist can be written up and stored in your suitcase instead. Let me tell ya, it’s a great peace of mind!

~TMH~

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2 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Peace Of Mind Before A Trip

  1. Miss B

    Making a list is a great idea. It would’ve saved us some time when we turned back 1 1/2 hours from home to come back and unplug a battery charger! That was a bad start to a great vacation to be sure. Anytime I leave the house I check the basics – coffee pot, curling iron, etc., and I check and say (or, let’s be honest, I sing) aloud that I’m confirming each item has been turned off. I read a tip that if you use a silly voice or clap or whatever differently each time, you will definitely remember that you checked the coffee pot today rather than yesterday, for example. It might feel silly, but it does the trick. Your way seems way more efficient for times when we will be gone for extended periods of time with more items to check! I’ve also read that for those of us who are prone to second guessing ourselves, it can reduce some anxiety to just snap a few pics with the camera on your phone. That way, you have photographic evidence that the gate is locked or the breakers have been switched off. Those are all good tips, and I’m definitely going to add a checklist similar to yours in my reminder lists!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I think it’s made more stressful since there are two of us doing these things. “Did he already do that? He did it last time we took a trip. Should I do it instead? Maybe I should check just in case…” Even though we go through our checklist each & every time we leave for a few days, almost always when we go through our list & “check – check – check – Oh yeah, I still need to do that!” so it certainly helps make sure it’s all done. Plus, as I said, it’s peace of mind for me not worrying that something was left plugged in or the planters weren’t watered. Dead plants when returning from a short trip will not make me smile! LOL ~TMH~

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