You may be thinking about heading home for Christmas to spend time with family and friends. The university term will slowly be winding down, and you’ll feel more excited as the holidays approach. Here are some tips for students to travel and keep your home secure while you’re not there. 

Plan your travel early

The sooner you purchase your tickets, the better if you plan to travel during holidays. This way you end up saving money as tickets are typically cheaper the further in advance you book. Plus, you should be able to get a decent seat and a guaranteed spot on the desired bus, train, or plane you want to book.

Do not overpack

Do not overpack your suitcase with things you think you’ll need. However, it’s important to remember that you’re only going to be there for a few weeks. So think that do you really need a month’s worth of clothes? The more stuff you take with you, the heavier your case will be. Plus, you will have to carry it back when you’re ready to return to university.

Empty your fridge

After a lovely break, the worst thing to come home to is a fridge full of mouldy and stale food. Ensure you empty the fridge and the bin.  Make sure to buy some essentials on your way back. This way you’ll have something to eat when you return.

Turn off unnecessary electronics

Is everyone in your flat going home for a break? Or do you live alone? In both cases, make sure to turn off the gas and electrics. Appliances like your fridge and freezer will need to stay on. But things like your TV can be switched off at the wall and unplugged, too, to be extra sure. Don’t leave anything on standby either. Almost all electrical appliances (such as microwaves) can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. Make sure you turn the heating off too in case you live in a cold area. Do your bit for the planet and don’t waste unnecessary energy whilst you’re away.

Lock up your homes

This is an essential tip in this entire list. Make sure that you keep your home safe and secure. You must remember to lock it up. Double-checking the front and back doors before you leave is a good idea. However you lock your home and keep it safe, make sure it’s at the top of your list of thighs to do. This way, you’ll relax and enjoy your time away without panicking about your belongings.