When you are coming back home from a trip, you are likely to be a little unorganized. That will lead to plenty of troubles during and after your trip back.
So, when returning home from your travels, here are a few things you should remember.
1. Check the weather forecast.
When you return from vacation, it’s always good to be prepared for what awaits you. The weather today at the place you are at will not be the same back home. So, always keep an eye on the latest weather data and forecasts.
Before leaving for your trip, check the weather forecast at your destination and make sure to look up the forecast again before returning home. It may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people forget. You don’t want to show up at a snowbound airport in sandals or shorts and a t-shirt or arrive back home with heavy winter coats if the temperature has climbed into the eighties while you were gone!
2. Get a good sleep.
After the shenanigans of your trip, you may find yourself raring to go upon returning home. Your body clock, however, will be on a very different schedule from that of your colleagues—so it’s important to plan to ensure getting a good sleep before your first day back at work.
If you’re traveling internationally and crossing time zones, it can be especially hard to hit the hay right away when you get home. One tip is to mentally set your watch to local time as soon as you land at the airport; this helps get your mind accustomed to what time it is, instead of thinking about how much earlier or later it is where you were just minutes ago.
You should also ensure that all non-essential tasks are taken care of before bed: no laundry or paperwork! Your bedroom should feel like a sleep sanctuary with all other stimuli removed.
Turn off or dim any electronic devices (don’t forget about those pesky LED lights), have a light snack if necessary (but avoid heavy meals), and draw the curtains, so the room is bathed in darkness. If you must imbibe in something soothing before bed, stick with herbal tea rather than caffeine or alcohol; these substances take longer for the body to process and may keep you awake longer than intended.”
3. Be careful when returning home to an empty house.
The following are some basic precautions to take when returning home if you live alone or want to keep your house extra safe. Make sure that no spare keys are in the mailbox and that your mailbox is locked as soon as there’s no mail inside it.
Ensure that no keys are under the mat or in any of the flower pots surrounding your house, nor in a fake rock or garden gnome you have placed somewhere on your lawn. Finally, remember to lock all windows and doors securely.
4. Systematically unpack.
Systematically unpacking is an easy and effective way to feel better about being home. While it’s tempting to simply dump everything out of your suitcase and onto the bed after a long flight, you’ll be more likely to feel settled if you unpack as soon as possible by placing items in their proper places.
Even if you leave your suitcase open on the floor for a few days, try putting away things like toiletries and jewelry as soon as possible. This will make it easier for you to find things when you need them, which will help ease your transition into the everyday routine at home.
5. Clean your clothes.
As you’ve probably realized, vacationing and traveling isn’t as glamorous as it looks on Instagram. Even if you’re lucky enough to sit in first class, the chances are that your clothes have endured all kinds of grime and spills. It is crucial to wash these items when you get home, but there are a few things to remember when attempting this task.
- The water temperature should be warm or cold—not hot, which can burn the fabric.
- Try not to leave your clothes in the washing machine for more than 48 hours after they’ve been washed. That can create an odor that will be difficult to remove.
- Utilize the dry tumble cycle on low heat only if the fabric allows for it (check your clothing labels). If fabrics aren’t meant for high heat, don’t risk damaging them by using this setting on your dryer!
- Finally: if you have been exposed to an infectious disease while traveling, do not put those clothes in with other items or try cleaning them at home with bleach or laundry detergent. Instead, isolate these garments until they can be properly sanitized by professionals who know how best to handle illness-contaminated clothing safely and effectively.
6. Practice self-care.
You might not immediately adjust to your old routine; this is perfectly fine and natural. One of the best ways to readjust is by practicing self-care. Take a day or two to ease your mind, body, and spirit back into the swing of things. You can still have fun while taking it easy, so take a nap, watch a movie, or go for a stroll. That will help you get back into the groove of things at home without putting too much stress on yourself.
7. It takes time to adjust.
It’s okay to take a break from the routine after a long trip. If you have jet lag, your body needs time to adjust; under no circumstances should you try to drag yourself into work before you’re feeling rested and well.
Even if the idea of writing about your trip sounds tedious and unappealing, it can be helpful to record your thoughts as they come back to you in bits and pieces. You might not remember everything that happened when you were on vacation—it might even start to feel like a dream—but keeping a travel journal will help preserve those memories forever.
When traveling, we are constantly exposed to new beverages and new environments: different water, different weather conditions, etc., which can increase our risk of dehydration and illness. As soon as possible after returning home from your trip, make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day; this will help your body cleanse itself of any toxins or germs picked up while traveling, allowing it to recover fully from the journey home.