Vanuatu holiday resorts and visitors guide


Tips for Preparing Your Home
for a Long Vacation

Planning an extended stay in Vanuatu?
Get your home in order first.

For a majority of visitors to Vanuatu, a week-long vacation seem to be adequate to explore what they plan to see and do. The others might prefer only a weekend trip, being located close by, such as Aussies and Kiwis.

But being a budget-friendly location, Vanuatu also attracts those who enjoy a long stay in Vanuatu, often extended to several months or longer. It's a popular option for those who can afford it in terms of time, money and commitments. Some might even choose this option to get the feel of the place, before they consider moving to Vanuatu.

Home entrance with front porch and a light on.

Leave your home to look as normal as it does when you're at home,
which will minimize
chances that someone undesirable will notice you're away.
Use timers to switch lights and trusty neighbors to watch over your home.

The entire point of going on a long vacation in Vanuatu (or any vacation, really) is to be able to relax. You want to forget about all of your everyday troubles. This can, however, only be possible if you know that everything you are leaving behind is in perfect order. From getting a pet-sitter over finding a neighbor or friend willing to water your plants to finding appropriate storage for your valuables, the vacation home preparation checklist is quite long. Hopefully, if you follow these tips for preparing your home for a long vacation, be it in Vanuatu or elsewhere, you will be able to unwind even before you feel the ocean’s salty spray on your face and your toes burrow into the warm sand.

Safety first

If you already have an alarm system in place, this will be a quick check. All you have to do is make sure your alarm company is aware that you are leaving your home for a longer period of time. In case of an intruder and your alarm going off, they won’t call your house first, but they would alert the police immediately. You should also provide them with a local contact in case they need to reach you.

If you have already invested into an alarm system with security cameras, choose the one that allows you to link your home security cameras to your mobile. So, you can watch your home in real time, with options to raise an alarm with your security company should anything suspicious happen.

Security camera embeded on the wall.

If your home security system includes surveillance cameras, consider using
those that
can be linked to your smart phone, for an added peace of mind.

On the other hand, if you don’t have an alarm system, you can use some tricks. These will help deter intruders from attempting to enter your home. One of the oldest tricks in the book is putting the lights on timers. Nowadays there are even smart bulbs that you can control remotely. You can do the same with your TV, for example. This is one of the simplest safety tips for preparing your home for a long vacation.


Even with all of these things in place, there are certain items you might not want to take a chance with. For example, if you have some valuable pieces of art, or quite a bit of jewelry, you may want to keep it out of your house when you aren’t there. One of the best ways to do this is to find a safe place to store these. This doesn’t really have to take up a lot of your time. For example, if you need storage from a reliable provider in Miami, you can simply find appropriate space and make all of the arrangements online.

Fire hazards

Want a worry-free vacation? Prepare your home, so it’s free from fire hazards. One of the most basic travel tips is that you should pretty much unplug everything that doesn’t need power while you’re gone. Firstly, it will give you peace of mind. You won’t have to wonder whether or not you switched off the water heater, the stove or whatever else. Secondly, it will lower the risk of a fire due to an electrical power surge or similar. And finally, it will save you money. Lots of appliances use a small amount of power even when they are off.

Leave it how you want to find it

Another one of the most important tips for preparing your home for a long vacation is making sure your whole property is in order. The largest chunk of this will be making sure your house is clean. Obviously, you don’t need to deep-clean every room. You just want to leave your home in a state you won’t mind coming back to.

A picture of a clean and orderly kitchen and dining table.
Make sure you leave you kitchen in perfect order before you leave for holiday.
You don’t want any nasty surprises upon your return. Double check it all.

If you’re leaving for a long vacation, you can focus on scrubbing your bathroom and kitchen clean. Those are the places where you are most likely to get an unpleasant surprise from upon return. You should also make sure you take out the trash, throw out any fruit that might be laying around your kitchen or dining room. You should also clean out the fridge by tossing any perishable items. While you’re at it, make sure you don’t leave anything in the washer to sit and go bad. Another good clothes-related tip is to crack open your wardrobe doors so that air can flow. You can simply quickly check these things while packing for your trip.

Enlist your neighbor’s help

One thing people often forget to put on their vacation home preparation checklist is what to do with their mail. If you can, get a neighbor to collect your mail regularly. This will keep things from piling up, which can be a sign for potential burglars that no one’s home. If not, you can cancel your newspaper subscriptions for the time being and ask the post office to hold your mail until you return.

If you have a trusty neighbor, though, you can also provide them with an extra key and ask them to check up on your house from time to time. This way they will notice any possible leaks or potential fire hazards. You can also ask them to water your plants from time to time. Don’t forget to invite them over for dinner after your vacation and get them a souvenir from your travels as a token of appreciation.

A picture of a window sill with different pots with cacti and succulents.

You can ask a trusty neighbor to water your plants from time to time and check on your
property while you are away, making sure to be seen around the home while doing it.

How do I prepare for a long holiday if I have a pet?

If you can’t or don’t wish to bring your dog or cat with you on holiday, you will need to find a suitable home for them while you are away. If you are lucky, you may have a friend or a neighbor who you know would be willing to take care of your pet, especially if they wish they had one of their own. On the other hand, sometimes it’s best to ask the professionals for help. You can use a pet hotel, but there are also lots of alternative pet-sitters you can find online.

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