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5 Things You Should Do Before Leaving On Vacation

Every now and again it’s nice to getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life, by taking a vacation to another part of the world. Though the actual action of vacationing is relaxing, preparing yourself for that is easier said than done.

To help you prepare for your next vacation, check out a list of tips below:

1) Create a list of essential items to pack: The length of your list really depends on the duration of your vacation and amount of people, but generally speaking, there should be at least 3 key items on the list. It’s easy to procrastinate and leave your packing to the last minute as most people (myself included!) do, but it’s definitely a lot smarter to make sure you cross your T’s & dot your I’s before taking off- especially considering it usually takes going to more than one store to round up everything you’re looking for.

What are my essentials? Travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, dental floss, and Vaseline. I also carry cash, 1 credit card, a good book, list of local emergency numbers, and basic translations.

2) Make sure that your home is monitored: Whether you’re asking close friends, relatives or Piper to keep an eye on your place, it’s important to make sure that you have a plan when it comes to being away from your home. Your family & friends can report back to you with the aftermath of what’s happened in your home, but only Piper can give you the live play-by-play from anywhere in the world, even at night thanks to our new night vision model!

3) Tell your family and friends to avoid broadcasting your trip: In today’s digital world where interactions are seamlessly broadcasted on the Internet, it’s easy for those close to you to innocently slip up and let social media know that you’re not home. Maybe it’s a parent writing a status update about how much they’ll miss you while you’re away, a sibling talking about how excited they are to steal your clothes or gadgets for the time being, or a friend sharing a picture of your dog with a caption about how they’ll be watching it while you’ve gone away. Though these actions are innocent, they expose the fact that your home is empty and vulnerable to an unlimited audience of potentially dangerous people.

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4) Pay your Bills: It’s easy to forget your local responsibilities when you’re so excited to skip town, but please remember to pay all your bills before you go away. For 1, it helps you ensure that your voicemail won’t be completely flooded with angry messages from creditors when you come back still on a vacation high, and for 2, it keeps you from being too stressed out about having to make money ASAP when you return- before your lights get cut off.

5) Research the customs of the country you’re going away to: Some of the things you do in your country might be considered downright offensive in others. To be on the safe and respectful side, always make sure that you do your research on the area you’re looking to visit.For starters, here are a few laws you should know about around the world:

– Flushing the toilet after 10 PM is illegal in Switzerland
– Running out of gas is illegal on Germany’s autobahn- and so is walking along it
– Feeding pigeons in St. Mark’s Square, Venice is illegal
– Wearing high heels in historical Greek sites like the Acropolis is against the law
– Spitting in Barcelona is also illegal

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