How to Make Your Rental House Feel like a Home

Ways to Feel at Home

When you’re gearing up for a getaway, you might start to feel a little homesick (especially your little ones). The comforts of home are hard to leave behind, even if you’re in for vacation adventure and excitement. If you’re staying in a rental home while you’re away, you’re ahead of the game with things like a kitchen, bedrooms and a washer-dryer, which can all help you settle in for the week. But here are a few tips for bringing “home” along with you:

Pack your own pillow.

Resting your head each night is a lot easier when you’re resting it on your own pillow. Bring your pillow from home with you for a touch of familiarity when you drift off to sleep and rise in the morning. It’ll have that familiar home scent, and it’s already molded to your body. As a bonus, you’ll also be able to use it in the car, if you’re road tripping to your destination.

Bring Fido along.

Many vacation rental homes are pet-friendly, making it possible to bring along the family dog. It’s hard to leave behind your four-legged friends for a week, and their wagging tails are the perfect way to make any house feel like a home, even if you’re miles away.

Don’t forget your kids’ loveys.

Sleep schedules can get thrown off when little ones are out of their regular environment. To make the adjustment easier on everyone, make sure you pack their favorite blankets or stuffed animals – whatever item brings your child comfort. Just remember to check the beds when you leave so you don’t forget to bring it back home with you.

Fill the kitchen with favorites.

What’s homier than opening up the cabinets and finding your favorite cereal and snacks? If you wake up each morning with a cup of coffee and a bowl of Cheerios, take that routine along with you. Bring popcorn for a family movie night or any other favorite indulgences too. The scent of freshly-baked brownies or a favorite family dinner will remind everyone of home.

Watch your go-to shows.

At the end of a fun-filled vacation day, cuddling up on the couch together to watch your favorite sitcom or movie is a surefire way to feel more at home. Bring the DVDs with you or book a rental home with WiFi access so you can fire up Netflix.

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