Most people enjoy getting away from home for a vacation, but nobody wants to feel like they’re on vacation all the time. It can be hard to relax and feel at ease when your surroundings are unfamiliar and you’re constantly having to adjust to new routines. If you want to make your vacation home feel more like home, there are a few things you can do. By stocking up on supplies and arranging for some of the comforts of home, you can make yourself feel right at home no matter where you are. Here are 10 ways to make your vacation home feel more like home.
1. Stock up on supplies.
Before you head to your vacation home, it’s important to stock up on supplies so that you’re not left scrambling when you get there. Planning ahead will let you relax when you get there—and if you’re traveling from far away, all the more reason to walk into a respit rather than a list of things to do before you can relax.
Make a list of supplies you will need
Make a lis of things you’ll need ahead of time so that you’re not left without them when you get there. This includes everything from food and drinks to toiletries and medicines. As much as possible, keep these items stocked up in your vacation home.
Get all the necessary appliances and tools.
In order to make your vacation home truly feel like home, it’s important to have all the necessary appliances and tools on hand. This way, you can cook, clean, and relax without any hassle. Some essential appliances and tools include a coffee maker, a toaster, a microwave, a blender, pots and pans, dishes and silverware, towels and bedding, cleaning supplies, an iron and ironing board, etc.
Make sure you have enough beds for everyone.
It’s important to make sure that everyone has a comfortable place to sleep. If you’re short on beds, consider air mattresses or futons for the kids or short-term visitors tagging along. Then, when you’re ready down the road, you can invest in more.
Buy what you can in advance
There are some things that you can buy in advance so that you don’t have to worry about them when you’re on vacation. This includes non-perishable food items, paper goods, toiletries, and other essentials. If you know you’ll need it, buy it before you go and stock up to leave behind when your time there is done.
Stock up on food and drinks
No vacation is complete without food, drinks, and your favorite snacks, so make sure you have plenty on hand. If you’re traveling with a family or group of people, it’s always a good idea to have more than you think you’ll need—that way, nobody goes hungry or thirsty and you don’t have to run out to stock up on your first day there.
Get your appliances and tools ready
As you’re setting up your vacation home, make sure all the appliances and tools you use at home are also available in your vacation home. It may be a larger investent on the front end, but you will thank yourself for not having to lug your Vitamix back and forth so you can enjoy your morning smoothie. Then, when you leave, make sure everything is clean, unplugged and ready for when you return.
Plan out your meals and snacks
Part of the fun of vacation is trying out new food, but it’s also nice to have some old favorites. Plan out your meals and snacks ahead of time so that you’re not left wondering what to eat every day. This will also save you time and money, as you can buy all the ingredients you need in advance and won’t have to waste time or money on meals you don’t end up eating. Additionally, and this goes especially for those non-perishable favorites, keep your vacation home pantry stocked with snacks and baking supplies so it is always ready to welcome you.
2. Stay cozy.
One of the best ways to make your vacation home feel like home is to stay cozy. Make sure that you have plenty of blankets and pillows, as well as pajamas and slippers. Keep a special set of clothes in your drawer at the vacation house for lounging around the house so that you can relax in comfort. You can also bring a few homey touches, like scented candles or a diffuser with your favorite essential oils.
3. Decorate your vacation home to make it feel like home.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make your vacation home feel like home is to decorate it in a way that is personal to. This could mean bringing a few decorations from home, or it could mean finding new pieces that your style and personality. Either way, adding some personal touches will make you feel more comfortable and at ease in your temporary space.
Some easy ways to decorate your vacation home include:
- Bringing photos or artwork from home to hang on the walls
- Bringing knick-knacks or souvenirs from past trips to display on shelves or tables
- Hanging curtains or using rugs to add some warmth and personality
- Putting up holiday decorations during the appropriate season
- Buying new furniture or accessories that reflect your style
In essence, making your vacation home feel like home is all about personalizing the space to suit your needs and tastes. By following these tips, you can turn your space into a cozy and inviting home away from home.
4. Bring your favorite foods and snacks.
One way to make your vacation home feel more like home is to bring your favorite foods and snacks with you. There are plenty of stores in Hochatown and the Broken Bow area, but why give yourself an errand to run the moment you arrive? Planning ahead will help you to feel more comfortable and relaxed while you are away from home. Make sure to pack your favorite snacks and drinks, as well as any cooking supplies that you might need. This will allow you to cook your favorite meals and enjoy your favorite snacks without having to worry about packing anything extra.
5. Stock up on entertainment options.
When you’re on vacation, it’s important to have plenty of activities to keep you busy. This is especially true if you’re staying in a home. Make sure to stock up on books, movies, games, and other forms of entertainment to keep you occupied. And unlike necessary furniture and stocking kitchen utinsels, you can build your collection of entertainment options over time.
We suggest a smart TV, a DVD player, and a bluetooth speaker that can connect to your phone. If you have not yet purchased your vacation home, make sure you connect with us at Eagle Mountain Land and Development. We are experts in building smarthomes that have all the conveniences of living in a large metro area with the peace, quiet, and space you’ll find living in Broken Bow.
6. Get good wifi!
If you plan on any sort of streaming, you’re going to need really good wifi. This is one of the most important things you can do to make your vacation home feel more like home. Beyond streaming your favorite shows and movies, good Internet connectivity in this rural area will allow you to stay connected with loved ones back home. And should you ever decide to spend a whole season away from the city in your vacation home, a solid connection will let you feel like you’re on vacation while working. Make sure to test out the wifi before you leave, and bring along a backup plan in case it’s not up to par.
Internet providers like HughesNet and Viasat serve rural homes in the Hochatown area. Satellite internet may not pull speeds like fiber, but it’ll get the job done and then some so you can enjoy your new space and the great outdoors around it.
7. Connect with friends and family (if you want to).
One of the best things about having a vacation home is that you can connect with friends and family in a way that you can’t when you’re all living in different places. Leveraging your vacation home as a central place to welcome friends and family for a get-together is the reason why many people invest in luxury cabins like the ones we build at Eagle Mountain. Connecting with loved ones in a different setting can be a great way to relax and catch up on what’s been going on in everyone’s lives—and nothing feels more like home than that.
8. Take advantage of the local amenities.
One of the best things about having a vacation home is that you can take advantage of all the local amenities. This could mean spending time at the lake, hitting up local restaurants, or taking advantage of all the outdoor activities that are available in Broken Bow.
Getting to know the local area will help you feel more established. And when you are using your vacation home, it’s nice to have all those amenities close by so you can easily take advantage of them. So venture out—check out the high-end cigars and take home some smoked brisket from the Mountain Man Meat Market or grab lunch and learn about Sasquatch lore at Hochatown Swamp Booger Mercantile.
One of the best ways to make your vacation home feel more like home is to unplug from work and the outside world. This means not checking email, not answering phone calls, and not working on any projects. Instead, try to relax and enjoy your time away. Take a break from technology and focus on spending time with family and friends. And while this may not be your normal rhythm at home, making a habit of unplugging to be present is a good practice that you might just be able to to bring back.
10. Have a great time!
Make sure that you take the time to relax and enjoy your vacation home. Set up a comfortable space for yourself where you can relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing or hiking. Make sure to stock up on your favorite snacks and drinks so that you can enjoy them in your own home without having to go out for every little thing. With a bit of planning and preparation, you can make your vacation home feel just like home.
And while it can be hard to relax and feel at ease at first when your surroundings are unfamiliar, adjusting to a new routine will feed your soul. By stocking up on supplies and arranging for some of the comforts of home, you can make your vacation home feel more like the home you’ve always wanted.