1. Stock the fridge with the basics: If it’s just a short trip, make sure there is in-date bread and milk in the bread bin and fridge. A hot cup of tea and a slice of buttered toast can taste ambrosial after a day or night spent travelling. If it’s a longer trip, ask someone you trust to drop off bread and milk the day you are due home.
2. Have something you can look forward to: it’s easy to feel somewhat deflated after a holiday, so I try to plan something for the first weekend after our trip. It’s usually something as simple as supper in the pub or a trip to the cinema.
3. Leave your home tidy: I don’t mean that you have to carry out a spring clean before going away, but I find it’s better to come home to a house where the beds have been made and the living room is tidy.
4. Get your inbox as close to zero as possible: Clear as many work emails as you can, particularly if you are self-employed. This ensures that you’ve done most of the problem-solving you need to, no one is waiting on you for anything, and you can start with a fresh slate when you’re back.
5. Unpack the second you arrive home: This is technically a post-trip tip, but whether I get back at two in the morning, or the middle of the day, I unpack the moment I walk in the door, and sort the laundry into piles. The feeling of waking up later and realizing I’ve already unpacked is akin to waking up after a dinner party and realizing you’ve already done the dishes.