Staying away from home.

It’s that time of year when many off us go off on our holidays.  We are lucky as with other family members we own a lovely caravan in Norfolk so its pretty much a home away from home but I do love my abroad holidays too.

My anxiety is at an all time high at the moment as we are off away soon as I know for two whole weeks I will have to cope with whats on offer.  I always think of the amount of families that have stayed in the room, how they have treated it etc.  I hate this feelings it is so hard to deal with. Other people don’t even think about anything like this but for me this is a huge deal.

I am often asked how I deal with situations like this.  The answer is I don’t very well but I take as much as I can with me to make it a home from home.

Public transport is hard enough but I avoid this as much as possible when I am at home, This time I am confined to an aeroplane seat for a good few hours. I can’t get up to use the toilet and even watching people go makes me incredibly anxious. I wipe the table down and sit as still as I can and just try and focus on a film. People do look at me as if to say what are you doing. But I really don’t care.

As you can imagine i take a lot of cleaning related items with me including:

  • Handheld hoover
  • Dettol anti bacterial spray
  • Pillow cases and sheets
  • Washing up liquid
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Large multipurpose wipes
  • Airfreshners
  • Stain remover
  • Washing detergent
  • Plastic cutely
  • Plastic cups
  • Mug
  • Tea Towels
  • Dish Clothes

I then go to the local supermarket and get my bleach and a few other bits as I always like to test out whats on offer cleaning wise.

We are self catering this year but have the breakfast included.  We don’t use anything in the room at all. I just use the plastic bits I have taken with me.

Eating out isn’t easy either but Rob has read every review he can possibly find off all the local eating spots and we have listed the top few by hygiene rating and Trip Advisor reviews. I will normally have a peer in the kitchen too. As always I will have in my hand bag my antibacterial spray and my hand gel.

Before I begin to unpack I give the room a good clean


I give the toilet a really good clean, paying attention to the seat and the handle and I will do a bleach bath so I ensure its clean.  Using the large wipes I will clean the floor. I also clean all the switches and the towel holders.  I will then leave a candle in their burning for a bit to mask out any smells.


I will wipe over all the internal doors using the wipes and the door handles/knobs


Bleach the kitchen sink and wipe over all the external cupboards doors and wash the fridge out using warm soapy water.  Wipe over the floor too.


I take my own pillow cases and sheets so I will first check for bugs or anything that shouldn’t be there. Spray the mattresses with the Dettol spray and wash the floor around them.  I will pop air fresheners in the bedrooms and a few candles too. I take a throw to put over the bed too so I can sit on if needs be.

Outside area

I will wash the furniture down with warm soapy water and spray with the Dettol spray

By now you are probably thinking I an even more crazy but I need to feel comfortable. I am here for 2 whole weeks so making it a home from home is the only way I will cope.

Once this is done I will begin to relax and enjoy my holiday.

Don’t forget that coming home from your holiday can be hard work for some take a read here and see how to prepare before you go. Returning home from holidays

As always thank you for reading

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

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