Planning your vacation can be fun, exciting, and perhaps a little stressful. There are many things to take care of, including packing, reserving your luxury vacation rental, and scheduling activities. In addition to these details, you want to make sure that you’ve also taken care of some things around your home prior to your departure. In today’s post, we’ll cover some of the most important items to address so that you can feel better prepared and ready to enjoy your vacation!

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we are proud to offer a wide variety of luxury vacation rentals in Kapalua Bay to meet your needs. Whether you are interested in a small condo, townhome, or house, we can help. Contact us to reserve your luxury vacation rental today!

Clean

We know, we know, the last thing you want to think about before vacation is cleaning your home. Think about it this way, however, would you rather return to a clean home or a dirty home after your vacation? No matter how much fun and relaxation you may have enjoyed on your trip, you are probably going to feel very tired when you finally get back to your house. With that in mind, take some time to be kind to your future self by performing some basic cleaning tasks around the house. A few tasks that can be quickly accomplished include:

  • Scrub the toilets
  • Clean all sinks
  • Vacuum each room
  • Toss out any fruit on the counter

If you take care of these items before your vacation, then you will be able to relax upon your return home, and you won’t have to run around cleaning before you head back to work.

Clean Out the Fridge

While we’re on the topic of cleaning, take a few minutes to go through your refrigerator and freeze any items that might spoil before you return. If freezing is not an option, then be sure to get rid of these perishable items. Check with friends and family to see if any of them could take some of your food items so that they don’t go to waste. If you don’t take care of this task, then you’ll probably come home to a stinky refrigerator full of rotten food.

Empty the Trash Cans

Whether or not you need to clean out your refrigerator, you want to make sure to empty all of the trash cans before you leave. There’s nothing worse than coming home to a house that stinks because of all the trash that was marinating in your absence. Even if the trash is just paper items, you’ll feel better knowing that there are no temptations for bugs and pests to enter your home while you’re gone.

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Check the Laundry

If you tend to run loads of laundry throughout the week, then you’ll definitely want to be sure to double check that there are no wet clothes sitting in the washer before you leave for vacation. In the hustle of packing and cleaning, it can be very easy to forget about your load of wash, which would smell pretty awful by the time you get back. If you don’t have time to run your clothes through a cycle in the dryer, then be sure to spread them out on several flat surfaces so that they can air dry.

If you realize that some of the clothes you intended to pack are part of this last load of wash, then place them in a sealed plastic bag and bring them with you! One of the many benefits that come with a luxury vacation rental from Aloha Vacation Villas is access to your own washer and dryer. In fact, you can wash all of your clothes at the end of your trip so that you are able to return home with a suitcase full of clean laundry!

Set Your Thermostat

While the weather in Maui is almost always wonderful, you might be trying to escape a blast of winter weather or sweltering summer heat where you live. No matter what the temperature is outside, you want to make sure not to spend extra money cooling or heating your empty home. With that in mind, be sure to program your thermostat accordingly. In fact, if you have a smart thermostat, you can easily adjust it from your phone, which means that you’ll be able to walk into a perfectly cool or warm home upon your return.

Program Indoor and Outdoor Lights

One of the best ways to deter break-ins while you’re gone is to create the illusion that you are still home. Programming the lights both in and around your home can go a long way to achieving this goal. You can use analog outlet timers or smart bulbs. If you choose to use smart bulbs, then you’ll have the added convenience of controlling them remotely. In fact, you can go one step further by putting your smart home on vacation mode! This means that in addition to programming the lights, you can schedule the TV or a radio station to play for a few hours in the evening.

Ask Friends for Help

So far, all of the things we’ve talked about are items that you can take care of on your own. There are a few things, however, that you’ll want to ask friends to help with. Depending on the length of your stay in Kapalua Bay, you may want to ask them to gather your mail and newspaper every day. Even if your mailbox is part of a cluster mailbox unit, remember that these can hold only so much. If you don’t have a friend who can take care of your mail, then make sure to call the post office and ask them to suspend your mail for the duration of your vacation.

Don’t Post on Social Media

If you enjoy regularly updating your social media, then you need to pay special attention to this tip. Each time you post pictures, your location, or activity, you are also announcing that you are not home. While this is likely not a big deal when you’re still in the vicinity of your home, it can become a bigger issue when you’re on vacation. Depending on your privacy settings, you could be letting a lot of people know that no one is in your home for the next couple of weeks. Resist the urge to post anything about your trip until you have returned home to deter anyone from thinking about taking advantage.

At Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay, we offer a wide variety of luxury vacation rentals that are sure to afford the relaxing environment you want to enjoy on your vacation. Contact us today to learn more about the amenities that you can find in different vacation rentals, and reserve the one you want today!

When you plan a vacation, there are many things that you organize, take into account, and schedule to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Despite all of your careful preparations, you may have fallen prey to one of the seven most common traveling mistakes.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want your time in Kapalua Bay to be as relaxing and refreshing as possible, which is why we offer our advice for avoiding common traveling mistakes. When you’re ready to come to Maui, be sure to browse through our wide selection of Hawaiian vacation rentals to find the one that is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about Kapalua Villas, and book your reservation today!

1. Leaked Liquids

Solution – zip-top bags

One of the most frustrating situations that many travelers have experienced is the sight of their shampoo, conditioner, or other liquid all over the contents of their suitcase. Sound familiar? If you’ve been part of the unfortunate group of people to have leaked liquids in your suitcase, then you’ll want to make sure to follow our tips for packing liquids.

Part of the problem with leaking liquids is the change in air pressure as the airplane takes off and lands. One of the best ways to ensure that you don’t have soggy clothes is to wrap all of your liquids in zip-top bags or plastic containers. Speaking of properly packing liquids, don’t forget to follow TSA guidelines for carry-on liquids — make sure that all of your liquids are under the 3.4-ounce limit, and fit into a one-quart plastic bag.

2. Overpacking

Solution – pack strategically

This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that travelers make. Part of the reason that so many people over-pack is that they’re concerned with having everything they could possibly need for their trip. The truth is, however, you don’t need to pack for every possible situation you might encounter when traveling.

Here are our top tips for packing only what you need:

  • Stick to a basic color palette
  • Don’t pack outfits for every day
  • Choose three tops for every bottom
  • Include the basics — jeans, shorts, sweaters
  • Layers, layers, layers
  • By sticking to a basic color palette, you’ll be able to mix and match almost all the clothing items you pack, which means you’ll avoid overpacking.

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3. Oversize and Overweight Bags

Solution – measure your bag prior to travel

Since so many travelers make the mistake of overpacking, the obvious solution would seem to purchase a bigger suitcase. The problem with this idea is that airlines have strict regulations about the size of bags that you can carry on. If you do not check the dimensions of your bag prior to boarding, you may find that your carry-on luggage is being transferred to the hold underneath the passengers. Checking your bag at the gate may not seem like a big deal. If the airline loses your luggage, however, your vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare.

4. Ignoring Weather Forecasts

Solution – check the weather while packing

Most travelers have experienced the frustration of being stuck with shorts in snowy weather or sweaters in blistering heat. As frustrating as this can be, the easy solution is to check the weather while you’re packing. Weather forecasts can change dramatically within just a few days, so don’t put yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature — check the weather as you’re picking out outfits. That being said, it’s never a bad idea to throw in a light jacket or a pair of shorts to account for an unexpected shift in the weather.

5. Incorrect Shoe Packing

Solution – shoe bags

You want to make sure that you don’t start your trip with dirty clothes. While you may have packed clean clothes, if you didn’t pack your shoes correctly, then they will be the reason that you are stuck with dirty clothes. The best solution is to pack your shoes in shoe bags. If you don’t have shoe bags or other plastic bags handy, then be sure to pack your shoes with the soles facing away from your clothes. Since footwear can be heavy, don’t pack a lot. Choose a few versatile pairs that will work for a variety of occasions.

Pro tip – since shoes are some of the heaviest items in your bag, make sure to pack them towards the wheel end of your bag for proper weight balance.

6. Forgetting a Tote

Solution – carry a tote on the plane

It’s important not to forget to pack a tote or other small bag. The reason for this is that you’ll need something to carry the water bottle, sunblock, souvenirs, and other items that will make sightseeing more comfortable. Since it would be easy to forget to pack a tote, you can carry your tote bag onto the plane to hold any snacks or books that you might want. When your trip is done, use your tote bag to hold all your dirty laundry. This will make it easy to quickly pop in a load of clothes to the washing machine upon your return.

7. Procrastination

Solution – prioritize advance planning

Some people are more prone to procrastination than others, and if you’re in this group, then you want to make sure to prioritize planning your packing. Waiting until the last minute to pack could result in a bag filled with nothing really helpful for your trip. Since you are taking a vacation to relax and enjoy time away from your daily responsibilities, make sure to start off on the right foot by planning in advance. This will give you time to think about the items you’ll need, check the weather, and start your vacation on a positive note.

Follow our packing tips to avoid the most common mistakes that people make when traveling, and get the most enjoyment from your time away. Plan your vacation to Kapalua Bay by contacting Aloha Vacation Villas today to learn more about the many benefits that our Hawaiian vacation rentals offer.