Your first cruise drums up excitement, but it also puts pressure on you to get all of your affairs in order. With cruises lasting from 3 days to several months, home preparation before you embark is crucial to keep your home and belongings safe. Leaving appliances on or newspapers strew about on a front lawn is cause for trouble.

Your Paperwork

At least a week before your cruise, contact your local post office and hold your mail. You typically pick it up after your vacation or have the postal worker bring it on normal rounds. Leaving mail to accumulate in your box tells potential thieves that you are not home. Newspapers should be cancelled for the cruise’s duration as well. Apply for your passports several months before your trip. Passports take up to 8 weeks to receive in the mail. They must be in your hands as you board the ship or you cannot sail.

 

The Money Question

Set up any bills that must be paid while you are gone through online payment schedules. You do not want to come home to a darkened house and a late fee. Your checking account should have ample funds to pay the cruise line after your trip. Drinks, souvenirs and outside excursions are usually extras billed to your room number. The bill must be paid in full before you debark. Keeping your checking account full prevents any delays at the terminal.

 

Turn Off Those Appliances

No appliances should run while you are gone. Electrical shorts and flooding can occur, causing extensive damage. For the best safety, unplug your appliances so they cannot operate. Turn your hot water heater to the vacation mode to save money on heating costs while you are gone.

 

Ask For Help

Friends and family should visit your home to check on appliances and basic care, especially if you have plants or pets. Visitors to the home deters thieves as they roam streets for potential targets. Making your home busy makes criminals think twice about trying to break in.

 

When you embark on your cruise, the last thing on your mind should be home care. Sit back and enjoy your trip because proper preparation prevents most problems from occurring.