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Pre-Travel Checklist
General Home Preparation
Water plants and mow lawn before leaving home or arrange for a neighbor to care for them
while you're away
Dial your thermostat up or down to match the temperature of the season
Stop all home-delivery services (mail, newspaper, milk, diapers, and so on) or arrange to
have items picked up by a neighbor
Arrange for pet care at a kennel or in your home
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Security
Lock all windows and doors securely and remove any keys hidden outside the house
Tell neighbors that you'll be away and how they can reach you in an emergency
Turn on your telephone answering machine. You may want to change the message on your
answering machine at work to let your business contacts know you are out of town
Set lights and a radio on timers. Turn up the radio loud enough so it can be heard outside
Close blinds and curtains
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Kitchen
Store food in your freezer to prevent having to run to the grocery store as soon as you return
home
Remove perishable items from your refrigerator
Empty all waste baskets & run the garbage disposal to eliminate the possibility of unpleasant
odors
Wash the dishes (You'll be sorry when you come back if you forget this!)
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Getting your car ready
Check your spare tire and jack to ensure they are both in working order
Check oil level, tire pressure and coolant level as well as all other fluid levels
Pack a first-aid kit into the trunk
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