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Going home for Christmas: things to remember

The Christmas season is upon us, the German market is in full swing and the Christmas trees are going up. You've also just finished your first semester of the year! You're probably in the midst of getting ready to head home for Christmas, so here are some things you need to remember.

Organise your transport

Whether you’re a commuter or have moved away from home, don’t leave planning travel until the last minute, especially if you’re using public transport. Are you having to work over the Christmas holidays? Check what the transport links are like during the holidays so you’re prepared to make other arrangements.

Get as much work done as possible

We know you don’t want to do it, but trust us you will thank past you if you can get it done before Christmas Day. Nobody wants to be stressing about assignments or deadlines over the festive period, so make a plan and get yourself as organised as possible – meaning you’ll have more time to devour mince pies. That way you’ll really be able to enjoy some quality time over Christmas and come back refreshed in the New Year. Just think how smug you’ll feel when all your friends are rushing to get their work done at the start of term!

Return any library books

Trust us, you are not going to want to come back to unnecessary library fees. Double-check if you have books due before you leave and either return them or see if you can extend your loan. You don’t want to be eating into your sales shopping bargain hunting with a library fine!

Don’t overpack

Be realistic, you don’t need to pack up half your room to go home for the holidays. It will be an absolute nightmare to travel with, you won’t use half of it and then you’ve got to bring it back again. Train stations at Christmas are an experience, to say the least, so do what you can to make it as easy as possible for yourself. Don’t forget to leave space for any presents you may want to take home too.

Empty the fridge and clean the kitchen

Nobody wants to come back and deal with the leftover pasta turned science experiment you forgot about, so be sure you don’t leave any food lying around. In the run-up to the holidays, be mindful of the food you’re buying to reduce food wastage. Try and use up all your fresh and perishable food; that way, you won’t have to go into Mrs Hinch mode when you get back post-festivities. Oh – and take the bins out!

Tidy your room

The last thing you are going to want to deal with when you get back to uni is a messy room, mountains of uni work or mice because you didn’t empty your bins. So, help your future self out: sort your laundry, change your bedding and create a nice environment to come back to. You could even clear some space on your shelves for the inevitable gifts you’ll be bringing back with you!

Presents

Want to get some shopping done before you head home? This is a great opportunity to support some local Birmingham businesses. You’ll be able to get some really amazing, unique pressies for family and friends. It’s a great way of supporting the city's economy, championing local talent and making an independent seller’s day! Need some inspiration? Check out our Christmas gift ideas.

Lock up properly

If you’re heading home for Christmas make sure you’ve securely locked up. Whether that’s halls or a house, check all of your windows and doors are secured and that you’ve not left any valuables in view. If you want to go full Dad mode, you can also unplug things to be extra-safe. If you’re in a house, be sure to set the heating to low if there’s sub-zero temperatures forecast, so your pipes don’t freeze and burst!

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