Preparing For an Extended Vacation

Knowing what to pack, why and how
Knowing what to pack, why and how

Six Weeks is a long time to be away.

"The best preparation for tomorrow, is doing your best today." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The most productive individuals are those who understand and firmly believe in the power of being prepared. Whether in terms of planning a huge fund raising event or something a bit more simple like a child's birthday party. Taking the time and foresight to begin with your goal of the big picture and looking at each piece of the puzzle, can prove time and again to be the ideal road to a successful end.

Speaking of roads, the decision to spend an extended period of time away from home can assure you a long detailed list of all you'll need to consider prior to the day of departure. The more completely and seriously one tackles these preparations, the more confident one can be to insure a comfortable, relaxed frame of mind while away. Nothing can taint the enjoyment of vacation like worrying about what we may have left to chance back home. This is especially concerning if there are few connections for assistance in your home area, who could lend solution to the problem.

It just makes sense to be as thorough with as many issues possible before you shut that door behind you.

To the Airport
To the Airport
Mail collection?
Mail collection?

Getting to the Airport

Choose from that long list of friends and family who probably owe you at least one favor of the hundreds you've unselfishly provided them. Don't be so shocked that I know this. Doesn't it apply to most of us? Fortunately, a request for a ride to the airport is usually met with a quick, positive response.

Because you're flying, this should remind you to make arrangements for that car you're leaving at home. Where do you park it? Do you leave it in the care of a trusted friend? Are you willing to give the keys and permission for someone to use your car? Make a quick check on the status of your auto insurance and inspection date.

Stacks and stacks of mail...

I can only think of two options for what to do with the daily flow of mail. Visit your friendly local Post Office and request a form to hold all mail while you're away. Or as is my preference, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to hold it for you. I like the latter for the simple reason, should I need to know that a particular expected piece of mail has arrived, I can call this person and inquire.....which in turn allows me to take any possible action I may need to. As I'm informed, the Post Office does not allow just anyone to retrieve your mail and this is as it should be.

Pets and Plants...& other living things....

Our beloved, "Toby" and "TomCat," or parrot, turtle and tank full of exotic fish?....we must surely take pains to arrange for their care! Our pets who reside in their own comfy cage or tank seem to garner more volunteers than fur-babies who must run and wander. In either case, we want to be very selective when choosing their temporary caretakers.

If lucky enough to have people willing to feed, love and walk our dogs, this is a huge load off our mind. There is no shortage of doggy and kitty motels, aka as kennels, but this means research, visits and cost. Through my own investigation of these types of shelters, I've found they run the gamut from well-maintained and safe to the things animal nightmares are made of. In terms of cost, the prices vary greatly. Suffice it to say, if not already familiar with places to leave your beloved pets, this can be one of the most time-consuming issues of preparation before you leave. Sure, it's worth it but give yourself time to do a good job.

Arf!!...Meow....."Bye, Mommy."
Arf!!...Meow....."Bye, Mommy."
Water....need water, please
Water....need water, please

Aloe, Ivy & Violets

If you leave for as little as two weeks and forget about your beautiful, thriving greenery, you can expect to return to some sick, if not dying leaves on the vines. After all of your efforts to nourish and care for your lovely plants, this could make for a depressing homecoming.

The easiest arrangements to make for your house plants would be to leave them at home with a promise from a friend or neighbor to come by, perhaps twice a week and give them a generous drink. Nothing more than this should be necessary. However, if this is not an option, you'll find yourself looking for homes to drop off your plants in the hands of whoever is willing to watch over your aloe, ivy and violets.

Tips on Packing.....

Secure all doors.
Secure all doors.
Give keys to ONLY one person or very select few.
Give keys to ONLY one person or very select few.
Proper lighting is IMPERATIVE
Proper lighting is IMPERATIVE

Doors & Windows; Locks, Keys & Lighting

It may seem needless to mention but you would find it astounding how many vacationers have left their homes without fully securing all means of possible entry. By fully securing, this means checking and rechecking all windows, doors and locks to make entry by the unwelcome burglar or trespasser, as difficult as humanly possible. Should you find a weakness or area in need of repair or reinforcement, take care of it immediately.

Outdoor solar lighting is the most ideal and more and more homeowners have made this wise investment. In terms of indoor lights, it need not be over kill. In fact, a small lamp with a low watt bulb placed in each room is the suggested plan. You may choose to set these indoor lamps on a timer to go on at sunset and off at sunrise, if your looking to be most frugal.

This seems like as good a time as any to discuss what to pack and how to pack it. By now, most all of us are familiar what is not allowed in our luggage or on our person when traveling by air. It shouldn't be necessary to go into detail on this topic. The Airline companies are quite forthcoming with these rules and consistent with publicizing these reminders. Let's not forget the long lines and careful screening of Airport Security.

In terms of keeping costs down, keep in mind that nearly all Airlines now charge for any luggage other than one carry-on (plus backpack or pocketbook). I was informed just recently, the cost for "extra" baggage can range from $50.00 to $150.00 per. It's the decision of each traveler of course, but that amount of money can encourage me to pack all that I need in one carry-on for sure! I use a carefully considered list and strongly suggest you do as well.

Remember any medications, cell phone, camera, and something to read on the plane.

While on the subject of saving unnecessary expenses....

Follow me if you will, on a walk-through of your home just prior to walking out the door. Hopefully, you've emptied your fridge of perishable items and given them to friends or family to enjoy rather than come home to rotted food items. If the more sturdy items with long term shelf life can handle it, lower your fridge temp by at least 2 points. Unplug your toaster, microwave, coffee maker and any other small appliances on your counter top. Moving on, turn off power to your computer, printer and copier. All televisions, sound systems, radios and intercoms, can be unplugged. In cold weather, heat can be lowered considerably and during warmer seasons, there should be no need for the air conditioning to be left on to cool an empty home. If I have missed something important, I trust you'll catch it.

Finally......

Depending on you, your lifestyle, family situation, home or apartment and neighborhood, there may be much more you need to include in preparing to leave on an extended vacation or otherwise absence from home.

The fact is, I'll be following these suggestions, step by step myself in the next few days. I'll be leaving my country home in upstate New York, headed for a lovely suburb of Atlanta Georgia. One of my sons, his sweet wife, precious six year old daughter and brand new twin sons, are eagerly awaiting Grandma's arrival for that six-week stay, I mentioned in my opening. Am I thrilled and excited? What do you think?

However, despite my excitement, I'm focusing on all the preparations I need to take care of here at home before I leave.

Last but certainly not least, remember to say your "Good-byes," to your dear ones back home and promise a postcard and maybe even a souvenir.

I shall return, my wonderful pals....I'll miss you and think of you often. In fact, if my time with the kids will allow, I'll peek in now and then just to stay in the loop. Until then, I wish you peace, love and happy days! I wonder if it's possible to use a keyboard with a twin in each arm? I shall soon find out.

Go away, Burglars!!

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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi peach.....always good to hear from you!....Oh go ahead, take a vacation....and have someone take care of things at home!!


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peachpurple 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home

thats the trouble with vacation,our house hold living things are in danger


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Rangoon....Good of you to stop by and thanks for your comment. I do seem to learn something new about preparations before a trip! It's inevitable we'll forget at least one thing!.......Thanks!


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Rangoon House 19 months ago from Australia

This is all great advice. Even frequent travellers keep learning.


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

poetryman....Where ever you are going...Have a simply wonderful time.. I wish you safe traveling!! Have a nice week-end....Paula


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Au fait, sounds to me like your experiences had to have made you an expert on this. I realized that each trip, I think of "something else" and that list grows each time....Whatever we may have overlooked on trips 1-2 & 3 are not forgotten again!

The other lesson that comes to mind for me is that no matter where we go, for whatever length of time & how wonderful our trip was.....Coming back to Home Sweet Home is sooooo comforting. I always feel like Dorothy, "There's no place like home." I envision myself giving my home a big hug! And just what is it about "our OWN bed," that soothes us so?? LOL Thanks, Au fait. Always nice to hear from you.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

We are about to do some traveling so these are good talking points.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

My late husband did an internship the summer following his second year in law school and we had to live in a motel for 8 weeks with our then 4 year old daughter. We had lots of time to plan our trip from Boston to Dallas, and our stay. I've been on many a short notice vacation or trip and so I had already learned how to plan.

Couldn't agree with you more that being prepared can make such a world of difference. This is true for short trips, long trips, and cross country moves. I've done them all. Planning as many details as possible can take care of all those things that can be taken care of, making for fewer problems along the way. You can't always prevent surprises, but with good planning there should be far fewer of them.

Voted up, UI, shared, and pinned to my 'Travel' board.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

DDE...Thanks so much for visiting! It seems no matter how well I plan and how far in advance....I manage to forget something!! LOL


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Preparing For an Extended Vacation is a helpful hub and I enjoy doing just that planning ahead.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

fivesenses........Thanks so much for your comment and share!


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fivesenses 3 years ago from new delhi

Practical tips on how to go about preparing for vacation -time....shared


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Fraternal?! I'm surprised. I saw their baby picture and would swear they were identical! Yes, babies change a lot with every passing year.

I hate grocery shopping to begin with! Can't imagine what you went through! LOL


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Mine are fraternal. They looked identical when they were babies but as they grew up you could see a difference.

Grocery shopping oh man I remember those days. I would put the twins in one cart together in their infant car seats then take another for my groceries. Push one cart, and pull the other one behind. It wasn't very fun and I only did it a few times. :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh, wow......identical or fraternal? Ours are fraternal.....very different in looks ( 1 like Daddy, 1 like Mommy) and strikingly different dispositions & personalities, so far. Not too much we can take for certain at 3 months old!......

Spoke to my DIL via phone this afternoon. She was taking the twins & their 6 yr. old daughter grocery shopping altogether for the first time. I didn't ask, but my first thought was, "Where the hell is she gonna put the groceries?" 2nd... thought was....."OMG.....better her than Grandma!".............LOL


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Twin boys that are now 25. I have written about them on a few hubs :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Susan....Good to see you. However far "behind" you are........I'm behind YOU!! LOL......Have to learn to be "OK," with always playing "catch-up," or we'll drive ourselves LOCO!...........

You have twins? Interesting. I don't think I knew that. Boys, girls one of each?.......This is my first experience within the family. I really hadn't thought about a HUB. You know.......it would be just another one of those blah blah articles written by an OBNOXIOUS grandmother who thinks her babies are the only babies in the world!!! LOL.............Thanks for stopping by. I really would love to know about your twins! In fact, I think I'll go snoop on your site and see if you ever wrote about them!! (Glad your gravy went over so well....especially OVER the mashed potatoes!!)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I'm really behind on reading my favorite hubbers hubs .... obviously. First off congratulation grandma. Twins huh .... I know a few things or two about twins, that's for sure. Glad that you're home safe and sound and I'm sure you had a wonderful time. I'm hoping you'll be writing a hub about the new twins complete with pictures.

Great tips for preparing to go away.

Oh and by the way I made gravy this past Canadian thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. They ate all of it and were looking for more. Thanks again for all your gravy pointers.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I think I'm still learning, gf!! lolololo


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I like being right. I'm also OK with being wrong. How else would we ever learn right from wrong ;)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks! You are CORRECT.....on both!!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Welcome home Effer!!! I'm sure you miss your grandbabies, but there's no place like home :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vinaya....How great that you have the option of City life or Farm life. That sounds IDEAL, to me! I actually live in a semi-"rural" area......(have no love of city life).....and I'm also only yards away from the beaches of one of the Great Lakes (Lake Erie)......

I don't consider visiting family, "a Vacation".....just an extended stay. It's wonderful, but I still get homesick for my own surroundings, if you know what I mean.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I have never taken a long vacation. When I get bored from my city, I travel to my farm. Life in a farm gives me a wonderful opportunity for self-reflection. Some times I say more than two months in my farm, but I don't consider this a vacation. When I'm in my farm, I stop writing and begin to work in the field.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Having a great time...yes.....also getting home sick. Just can't have it ALL, I guess!!


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Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub. Voted up.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I absolutely agree 110%!! I couldn't imagine life without them!! As you would know :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, gf...being a Gram is the most fun one can have......IMHO!!! You would know!....:)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I know you are having a blast with Juan, Two and Big Sis! How could you not be? ;)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

drbj and elias and Dianne typing with one hand......in a hurry too! twins are too sweet hey elias! my boys are Ethan and ELIAS!! miss you guys........HELP!!!! lol lol


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Paula, we have to have someone water out plants while we are gone on extended vacations. We have so many that need watering, as you say, twice a week. Believe me, we have learned to stuff as much as possible into one suitcase a piece and leave behind what we don't need. Great post and very useful.


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Good suggestions and useful tips about going on vacation for such a long time. Have a great time!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a lovely reason to take a 6-week stay-cation, Paula. May you enjoy the challenge. And thanks for this thoughtful list of options to follow for those who may also be as daring. :)


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Being gone for 6 weeks is a long time and would take special planning. You seem to have covered this topic quite well in your hub. I hope you have a marvelous time with your family and all goes well.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

True...always fun to be with them.....sad to leave. Happily for me, I have 12 grandchildren and 1 great grand daughter....so I'm rarely without little ones within reach. (a couple of them, a bit large for Gram's lap, at 23 yrs. old, of course!) LOL


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Gee, Paula...Count me as stunned, also. My mouth dropped open when I read the cost of day care! Times have certainly changed...in many ways...since the days I was having babies. I was a stay-at-home mom until my three children were all in school, but--needless to say--there wasn't a lot of "discretionary income" at our house.

Have fun being "Grandma Nanny" for six weeks, Paula, though I can just imagine how difficult it will be for you to leave them when it's time to go back home.

Jaye


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Alastar...so good to see you after such a lull. It is I, who hasn't been around as much as I once was. Soon as I return from this 6-week jaunt...I've vowed to become a little more active at the Hub.

Sometimes life makes us take a side road or two. But I haven't gotten lost! As Arnold said, "I'll be back!"

Thanks for the visit, dear friend.


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Coming down south are you, Paula. You have a great time in the Gateway City ( notice i didn't say Hotlanta! lol) and congratulations!

Excellent tips and the one most here is a Tomboy who can't decide to come in for the night for the nice sitter. Oh well, he can't get into too much trouble if you know what i mean - in other words he's not a ball player!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vee......you'll have to do my share of hubbing and bubbling...what a busy girl you'll be!! LOL! I'll peek in here and there...I think!

I'm like you actually...I rarely leave home for more than a week-end. This is a special trip with good reasons......

The babies are fraternal twins, so they each have a little bit of a different appearance...plus one is chubbier...at least for now, he is. I'm eager to study every inch of them....and try to guess their future personalities ....I used to be pretty good at that! We'll see if the old girl's still got it!............Later, gf.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sha.....I fully intend to make the most of this change of pace and scenery.

Can't wait to close the door and walk away from all the damned work that has no end, here at home. I actually thought about knocking myself out silly, to leave my house in immaculate condition.....and then my brain cells kicked back on and I said, "What the HELL am I thinking?"

Good Bye dust, spots, clutter and grimy windows!! It will all still be here when I get back.....unless "Tinkerbell" is real!

Thanks, hon!...........


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Paula, enjoy your visit with our family. You must be so excited! Hopefully, you'll be pampered with some good ole down home Georgia hospitality. The change of scenery will do you some good. Try not to worry about things at home. I'm sure you've entrusted your homestead to people who will look out for you.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello, Jaye....OH, I'll be getting plenty of lap time with the twins.....I'm going to be "Live-in Nanny," Grandma...as my DIL is going back to work. This is at my insistence, basically, because as a die-hard "Boomer," it makes me cringe to imagine my teeney 2 month old babies in Day Care. (albeit, I understand it's a 2013 necessary evil for 2 parents to WORK in order to survive)

My thinking is, at least in 6 weeks, they'll be bigger, more alert and into a somewhat comfortable schedule. I did this same thing when their sister was 2 months old.

As IF there are not enough reasons for us to praise the gods, we are no longer raising kids.......get this: For the twins, Mon thru Fri...and my grand daughter, only after school for 3 hours..Mon thru Fri......the cost to their parents is $1900.00 per month. NO TYPO.....nearly $2000. per mo. for Day care. You can close your mouth now, Jaye. This literally knocks me for a loop.

Granted, it's an absolutely top-notch facility with Professional Child Care staff, security, Health Dept. clearance, mini-cam access, meals, nap time and educational activities...bla blah blah...but really? No discount for the 2nd baby either!...

When I think of $24,ooo per year for child care in 2013......I can only go back to 1970......when I'm pretty sure that may have been my husband's annual income!!! It may have cost $15.00 a day for a babysitter, for me to work a part-time job.....and even at that, I remember thinking it wasn't worth it, to leave my babies! I feel like a relic......a stunned relic!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you, Carol!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I didn't want to just add the link without an invitation..Thanks and have a wonderful trip...http://carolesastrology.com


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Hi, Paula - This is a terrific hub with the perfect checklist for anyone going on an extended (or even a shorter) vacation.

I'm so happy for you that you're going to spend six weeks getting to know your new twin grandsons, as well as enjoying time with their older sister, your son and sweet daughter-in-law. I hope you have a wonderful visit and get lots of "lap time" with the babies and granddaughter. Give them an extra kiss from me!

Voted Up+++

Jaye


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey, Carol! I'm always interested in what my Sign has in store for me! Do I have a link to your blog? I don't believe so.....send it to me please!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks Eddy! Hope you get to take a nice, long vacation to the place of your choice...real soon!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A great hub which I am sure will benefit many ;voting up and wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Have a wonderful time...And it all goes so fast. But i am sure you will enjoy your time with family. Lots of good preparations here and you have figured it all out. If you need any astrological help check out my blog.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Deborah.....Thanks for wishing me Farewell.....when I return, I'm sure there will be a Hub result!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes.....3 grandchildren in one visit......and to think that in total I have 12...plus a great granddaughter. My goal is ALL of my little monkeys in one visit....with hired Security of course!.....

Uh-Oh...Tillie Willie.....you should scroll back UP and check out the sentence just above "While on the subject of saving unnecessary expenses"......Look at that.....I mentioned "camera"...but that's for my readers. My son & DIL have cameras...and besides....I hate having my pic taken. Just the kids...that's all I want! See you on the flip side, GF!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, going on vacation is hard work! I have a hard enough time packing for an overnight trip, which is all I ever do. :-) Two nights is extended for me. :-) This is a very thorough hub. Good job!

Seriously, though, it's good to see you writing again. Congrats on the twins. I'm sure you will enjoy the heck out of them!

Stay in touch! ((Hugs))


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Stephanie.....I have so many lists for my prep before my trip....I have a LIST for my Lists! They're all over the house. I can't imagine just taking off on a whim and leaving loose ends to the wind...but some people actually do that!.....Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie. See you all when I return!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jools.....HI there ...soooo good to see you! There's no getting around it, Twins are "Twice the Everything." I've met them via Skype a few times, but nothing compares to holding the darlings!.....Talk more when I return!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

Great tips! Have a wonderful time with your family.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Oh dear, dear friend I am so happy for you. Three grandchildren in one visit!! What could be better? I'm sure your son and DIL are thrilled to have you coming, nothing is better than an extra set of hands when you have twins, especially when those hands belong to a loving Grandma.

Now, in spite of the fact that you've written a superb hub are you going to sit there and tell me you're not going to forget anything? Well my dearest friend you're a better man than I am. No matter how hard I try to how long I plan something is ALWAYS left home. Guess I'll have to read this next time I plan a vacation....whenever that may be.

I do have to point out you forgot number one....A CAMERA!!! You better be taking yours.

Enjoy and thanks for letting us know. I would worry you know. Love ya girl.

Voted up, useful, and interesting. Oh shared too.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

Sounds like a wonderful trip, Paula! How fun to be there to visit your kids and grandchildren (wow! twins!) for an extended time! There are always so many things to think of before an extended stay away from home, and mail is always a concern. One thing to note if you don't have someone to pick up your mail: the Post Office actually offers a service where they will hold your mail and send it to you once a week. For a fee of course.

It sounds like you've covered all the bases...have a great trip!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Have fun Paula! Twins will certainly be a joy and also mean you get a good night's rest (twice the love, twice the diapers, twice the coddling) and this is a great list of tips and advice for the disorganised traveller - my daughter is recently back from a partying holiday in Ibiza and packed her case with ten minutes to go before her lift arrived! She arrived home with what looked like all of her clothes tied in a huge knot.....I may email her the link to this page next year!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

LOL! yes we do! haha! and I never thought of it that way before! mind you, I wouldn't mind trying to grow one of Those plants! its funny how we say things over here, or over there, and never really think about the differences!

Funny story, I went out with a guy back in the 90s, and when I went into his room, he had a small room just off it, and he was growing plants, and me in my innocence said:

can I have one of those for my house? he just looked at me! Haha! yes you guessed......!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

SFAM......I'm sure that Juan and Two will keep me very busy...and oooing and ahhhhing all day long! Gotta finish up my PREPARATIONS!! I'm am bound to forget something!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OK Nell.....I gotta ask.....The English actually refer to household POTTED plants, as "pot plants?" LMAO!!!

Here, across the pond, my lovely......except for the few States that have legalized marajuana.......a "pot plant" can get you some unwanted attention!!!!..............I love you!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent tips Effer!! I hope you enjoy every minute with your grand twins!!!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Haha! never ever stupid paula! I have a pot plant or house plant and its getting so darn big its trying desperately to get out of my bedroom window! the leaves look like little hands stuck to the glass, I am going to put a sign above it with the words, screaming help!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell......I will have a great & amazing time, I'm sure......I appreciate your advice, my English Lady friend.......but you see, my "pot plants" are not in the house! They're deep in the woods, behind my house, so the DEA Helicopters can't see them..... Ya think I'm stupid??


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Paula, first of all great advice, and second, Congrats! yeah! Twins! how wonderful! I hope you have a great, wonderful, amazing, beautiful time! oh, and as for those pot plants, if they can stand the weather, why not just put them out in the garden in a shady warm spot that can get some rain if you can't find anyone to have them, now be on your way! Haha! hugs, nell


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Marcy.....Thanks for stopping by to bid me farewell....I know about paring down JUNK! Been at it for 3 years now.....appalled at what I've hoarded through the years.

No problem packing extra light when you're visiting family.....I just throw my clothes in the washer every 4 days! I did go out and buy 2 new summer nighties. The rags I wear at home are so S A D !! LOL


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You're hired. No need to ask me twice! I know your ulterior motive dear bro.....you're just dying to roam thru my woods and sit by the creek!!...

No playing until all work is done, which of course I will leave a detailed list on the fridge, for your convenience.

All cleaning supplies & equipment in the hall closet.....no starch in my shirts please and I like hospital corners on my bed linens.

There's a restaurant up the street.......Do NOT make any of your Bachelor recipes!! Don't want to come home to a corpse on my kitchen floor.................Thanks, that'll do it!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

All good suggestions of course, but may I add one more: hire me to housesit for you. I'm house-broken and I work cheap. :)

Seriously, I made some extra money during the lean teaching years housesitting for people and it was decent supplementary income.

Ultra seriously, have a wonderful time visiting with your family. Six weeks will be just what the doctor ordered....whatever doctor that might be....or Dr. Phil....or Dr. Bill....what the hell, just have a great time Sis!

bill


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Great topic! I like the idea of having an efficient, yet comprehensive list of what we might need. I was amazed at how little I needed to pack for a 7-week stay in Mexico two years ago. It made me realize I needed to pare down my junk. Soon!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maria and

Suzette

Thanks for the loving send off......I'm excited to be going and get my hands on those tiny baby boys for the first time. I'll need an update on my grand daughter's 1st grade escapades...and trust me, she gabs almost as much as her Grandmother! Oh God!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks Martie! I fully intend to have a ball!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Paula,

Firstly CONGRATS grandma! How lovely to have twins, i bet you cannot wait to meet and greet the newest little gems. Great check list, many of which I recognize from doing on trips. I always had my brother who lived 3 mins from my apartment to check post, apartment and look after my "aloe, ivy and violets". Here at MJ's rural pad thankfully he has a great family farmer neighbor and his family who always look after Coco when needed (our pooch) and keep an eye on things should we be away in Dublin or somewhere.

Great write as always, missed you girl and have a fabulous vacation in Atlanta with the family! Lots of votes, shared!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Excellent work...so happy you let us know so we won't fret...yet want you to have a safe, wonderful and cozy visit...

Love you lots effer and peace out for now, mar


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Preparing for an extended vacation is HARD work. This is an excellent check-list, fpher!

Enjoy your holiday and lovely family :)

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