We’ve just arrived home from a holiday and I am thanking myself for a host of things I did before we left. Such as, make my quarterly tax payment. Such as, tidy up my office so I haven’t come home to a horrorshow of paper piles and unwashed tea cups.
Over at BritMums we’ve been running the #hometoacuppa Challenge, where we’re asking bloggers to share their pre-holiday checklists. Those who take part could win a year’s supply of milk. As a founder of BritMums I’m not eligible to take part in the competition, but the pre-holiday to-do list is a specialty of mine, often running to several pages.
It starts with the necessary grooming – spray tan, bikini wax, pediure (does this make me sound a little TOWIE? If only the results were so dramatic…). Then onto necessary household tasks – making sure all the old food is thrown out of the refrigerator and that we’ll have something to eat when we return. (This used to involve buying milk to freeze; since working with Cravendale I’ve found out it stays fresh 21 days unopened in the fridge.)
Of course, too long of a list and I end up so frazzled that I spend the first three days of holiday in a mild state of panic of having forgotten something. I’m trying to pare it down.
So here’s my pre-holiday checklist, somewhat abridged:
* spray tan
* go through papers on desk
* pay bills in advance
* clean fridge
* get milk, tea, dried pasta and tinned tomatoes for return
* beachgear including googles
* shorts & t-shirts
* one fancy outfit
* cardigan and light pashmina for plane journey
* purse with foreign money
* US mifi
* US-compatible phone
* chargers for…everything
* UK-themed items and food as gifts
* empty space (for bringing back US items as gifts)