Choose someone who’s dependable and close to you to be your primary contact at home. Make sure you call him at regular intervals so that everyone back home knows how you’re faring abroad or out of town. Be sure to hand out your contact details whenever you change accommodations.
Last but not the least, you can also register your travel plans with the US government. It’s not really necessary, but better safe than sorry, don’t you think?
If you have your bills and other important documents mailed to your home, make sure you inform the post office to put all mail on hold while you’re away. If not that then you can also have all mail forwarded to a neighbor or any other person you trust.
If you’re going to be on vacation for a considerable period of time, make sure you also ask someone to check your house from time to time. Have someone to water the plants, clean the yard, and maybe temporarily adopt your pets while you’re away.
Packing Dos and Don’ts
Pack light. Remember: every passenger is ascribed a certain weight quota for his baggage. If you go beyond this, you’ll have to pay extra. Make sure you label every piece of your luggage properly. It’s always a hassle when your luggage ends up lost and misplaced. Bring clothing that you can mix and match and use repeatedly. Make sure the clothing you bring is also appropriate for the weather in your destination.
Off to the Airport!
Be at the airport at least two hours prior your flight departure time. This way, you won’t be in any great hurry having your stuff stored properly and getting to your seat in comfort. Double-check your flight documents. Going through the same safety precautions repeatedly is tedious, yes, but again, it’s something you should do if you don’t want to risk getting deported when you get to your destination.
Follow all these tips and when you return home, you can look forward to going home without having to suffer last-day-trouble.