Last Minute Con Check: Things to do Before You Leave
Sometimes we get so excited about going to Con that we forget to do some other important things. If your house is going to be empty while you're gone, don't forget to do the following:
Set your thermostat to 63. There’s no need to heat or cool a home you aren’t in.
Have someone pick up your mail, or have your mail held at the post office. You don’t want to advertise that you’ll be out of town.
Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
Make sure all bills that are due have been paid, or are scheduled to be paid.
Unplug electronics and appliances.
Clean out your wallet to get rid of unnecessary items. Store items in a safe place, out of plain sight. Store any prescriptions that you aren’t taking out of plain sight, as well.
Leave one tap with a very slow drip if temperatures are expected to be very cold, to avoid coming home to frozen pipes.
Put a few ice cubes in a plastic bag in your freezer. This way, you’ll know whether the power went out during the trip. If the ice cubes are frozen together (with soft edges) when you get home, that means the power was out long enough for food to thaw and refreeze—so you’ll need to clean out your fridge and freezer. If they are still cubes, you’re good to go!
Purchase travel insurance. This is usually very cheap and it will be worth it if something prevents you from taking your trip.
Audrey Peters, Writer