Getting Out Of Town? These Genius Products Will Keep Your Home In Good Hands While You’re Away

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Finally, the world is beginning to open back up again: Slowly but surely, vaccines are being doled out across the country, restaurants and museums are setting up shop, and the weather is getting warmer. So naturally, people are itching to experience the joy of going on vacation once more (Plane tickets! Hotel chocolates! Road trip playlists!).

That said, in case we’ve forgotten in the course of this past travel-less year, vacations aren’t without their worries. Leaving your home unattended can be a plenty stressful process of its own variety. From panicking over whether or not you remembered to unplug your hair straightener, to stressing about your dog at home with the sitter, there are plenty of scenarios that can keep you up at night. And the last thing you want to experience on your getaway is an ever-present anxiety about the place you got away from.

To put your mind at ease, we pulled together a master list of products that will keep your home safe and secure while you're out of town. From state of the art video doorbell systems to self-operating plant water gauges, these are the goods that'll ensure your home remains in good hands (specifically yours thanks to smartphone-accessible apps) in your absence.

<h2>Botanium Hydroponic Self-Watering Planter<br></h2>This self-watering planter waters every three hours, then drains and recycles the excess so your herbs’ or veggies’ roots stay moist. The tank holds enough water to last for weeks — so you won’t have to worry about your rosemary kicking the bucket during your girls’ trip.<br><br><strong>Botanium</strong> Hydroponic Self-Watering Planter, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bespokepost.com%2Fstore%2Fbotanium-grower-ash-grey" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bespoke Post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bespoke Post</a>

Botanium Hydroponic Self-Watering Planter

This self-watering planter waters every three hours, then drains and recycles the excess so your herbs’ or veggies’ roots stay moist. The tank holds enough water to last for weeks — so you won’t have to worry about your rosemary kicking the bucket during your girls’ trip.

Botanium Hydroponic Self-Watering Planter, $, available at Bespoke Post
<h2>Ring Video Doorbell<br></h2>Keep an eye on your front door from anywhere in the world with <a href="https://ring.com/products/video-doorbell-3?&utm_source=refinery29&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=r29-roundup&utm_content=rvd3-copy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ring’s next-gen video doorbell." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ring’s next-gen video doorbell.</a> The WiFi-enabled video doorbell system will alert your phone whenever it detects nearby motion. <br><br><strong>Ring</strong> Ring Video Doorbell 3, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fring.com%2Fproducts%2Fvideo-doorbell-3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ring" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ring</a>

Ring Video Doorbell

Keep an eye on your front door from anywhere in the world with Ring’s next-gen video doorbell. The WiFi-enabled video doorbell system will alert your phone whenever it detects nearby motion.

Ring Ring Video Doorbell 3, $, available at Ring
<h2>Melnor RainCloud Internet Controlled Smart Timer </h2>If you need to maintain more than a few indoor houseplants, a smart timer may be worth the investment. This attachment fits most garden hoses, drip systems, soaker hoses, and sprinklers. With the accompanying app you can now control your watering from literally anywhere, so long as you have internet access and a smartphone. <br><br><strong>Melnor</strong> RainCloud Internet Controlled Smart Timer, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FMelnor-RainCloud-Internet-Controlled-Smart-Timer-16043-RSC%2F301859844%23product-overview%2520" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Home Depot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Home Depot</a>

Melnor RainCloud Internet Controlled Smart Timer

If you need to maintain more than a few indoor houseplants, a smart timer may be worth the investment. This attachment fits most garden hoses, drip systems, soaker hoses, and sprinklers. With the accompanying app you can now control your watering from literally anywhere, so long as you have internet access and a smartphone.

Melnor RainCloud Internet Controlled Smart Timer, $, available at Home Depot
<h2>Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Silver Thermostat </h2>You know that panicky moment when you think you may have forgotten to turn off the A/C before leaving home? Invest in a smart thermostat that you can access from your phone or tablet while on the road. It also boasts permanent, temporary, and vacation hold settings so you won’t have to disrupt your auto settings for a weekend getaway. <br><br><strong>Honeywell</strong> Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Silver Thermostat with Wi-Fi Compatibility, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd%2FHoneywell-Wi-Fi-Smart-Color-Silver-Thermostat-with-Wi-Fi-Compatibility%2F1000309287" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lowe's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lowe's</a>

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Silver Thermostat

You know that panicky moment when you think you may have forgotten to turn off the A/C before leaving home? Invest in a smart thermostat that you can access from your phone or tablet while on the road. It also boasts permanent, temporary, and vacation hold settings so you won’t have to disrupt your auto settings for a weekend getaway.

Honeywell Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Silver Thermostat with Wi-Fi Compatibility, $, available at Lowe's
<h2>Litter-Robot<br></h2>Asking your neighbor to drop by and feed your cat is one thing, but expecting them to clean the litter box is another. Litter Robot’s self-cleaning litter box sifts out your feline’s waste after each use into a removable tray below. This way, your cat will have a consistently clean box without your sitter ever having to lift a scooper. <br><br><strong>Litter-Robot</strong> Litter-Robot 3 Connect, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.litter-robot.com%2Flitter-robot-iii-open-air-with-connect.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Litter Robot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Litter Robot</a>

Litter-Robot

Asking your neighbor to drop by and feed your cat is one thing, but expecting them to clean the litter box is another. Litter Robot’s self-cleaning litter box sifts out your feline’s waste after each use into a removable tray below. This way, your cat will have a consistently clean box without your sitter ever having to lift a scooper.

Litter-Robot Litter-Robot 3 Connect, $, available at Litter Robot
<h2>Ring Indoor Camera<br></h2>Speaking of cats: An<a href="https://ring.com/products/mini-indoor-security-camera?&utm_source=refinery29&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=r29-roundup&utm_content=idc-copy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:indoor camera" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> indoor camera</a> is another worthy investment if you're a diehard pet person — especially one as sleek and unobtrusive as this one. With this thing, you can watch your pets sleep all day while you’re experiencing separation anxiety from your hotel pool.<br><br><strong>Ring</strong> Ring Indoor Cam, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fring.com%2Fproducts%2Fmini-indoor-security-camera" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ring" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ring</a>

Ring Indoor Camera

Speaking of cats: An indoor camera is another worthy investment if you're a diehard pet person — especially one as sleek and unobtrusive as this one. With this thing, you can watch your pets sleep all day while you’re experiencing separation anxiety from your hotel pool.

Ring Ring Indoor Cam, $, available at Ring
<h2>PetSafe Microchip Cat Door<br></h2>While we’re discussing cat habits, here’s another easy gadget to provide some peace of mind: This cat door syncs up with your pet’s internal microchip, allowing them, and only them, to access to your home. While you’re away, your indoor/outdoor kitty can party in the backyard without any unwanted furry friends following her into your home. <br><br><strong>PetSafe</strong> Microchip Cat Door, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstore.petsafe.net%2Fmicrochip-cat-door" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Petsafe" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Petsafe</a>

PetSafe Microchip Cat Door

While we’re discussing cat habits, here’s another easy gadget to provide some peace of mind: This cat door syncs up with your pet’s internal microchip, allowing them, and only them, to access to your home. While you’re away, your indoor/outdoor kitty can party in the backyard without any unwanted furry friends following her into your home.

PetSafe Microchip Cat Door, $, available at Petsafe
<h2>LED+ Dusk to Dawn Lightbulbs</h2>Keep would-be snoopers or intruders at bay with these automatically activated light fixtures. With the built-in sensors, GE’s Dusk to Dawn light bulbs trigger on after dark and switch off once the sun rises. <br><br><strong>GE Lighting</strong> LED+ Dusk to Dawn 100-Watt Lightbulb, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086L1TPHS?tag=price18858-20&ascsubtag=wtbs_606321e8eb81ff3ebba073d2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

LED+ Dusk to Dawn Lightbulbs

Keep would-be snoopers or intruders at bay with these automatically activated light fixtures. With the built-in sensors, GE’s Dusk to Dawn light bulbs trigger on after dark and switch off once the sun rises.

GE Lighting LED+ Dusk to Dawn 100-Watt Lightbulb, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Ultraloq Deadbolt 1-Cylinder Biometric Electronic Lock </h2>If you'd rather not dole out spare keys to your pet sitters, housekeepers, family members, and the like, a smart lock grants access to your home with just the touch of a few buttons. Through the app, you can change your code at any time and monitor who is coming in and out of your doors. <br><br><strong>Ultraloq</strong> Ultraloq Deadbolt 1-Cylinder Biometric Electronic Lock, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lowes.com%2Fpd%2FUltraloq-Ultraloq-U-Bolt-Pro-Bluetooth-Enabled-Fingerprint-and-Touchscreen-Smart-Deadbolt%2F1002676054" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lowe's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lowe's</a>

Ultraloq Deadbolt 1-Cylinder Biometric Electronic Lock

If you'd rather not dole out spare keys to your pet sitters, housekeepers, family members, and the like, a smart lock grants access to your home with just the touch of a few buttons. Through the app, you can change your code at any time and monitor who is coming in and out of your doors.

Ultraloq Ultraloq Deadbolt 1-Cylinder Biometric Electronic Lock, $, available at Lowe's
<h2>Masterlock Lock Box<br></h2>Alternatively, a cheaper option is an old-school lock box. Just mount it somewhere outside your home and your guest will be able to access a set of physical keys with a combination code. <br><br><strong>Master Lock</strong> Masterlock Lock Box, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.masterlock.com%2Fproducts%2Fproduct%2F5401D" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Master Lock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Master Lock</a>

Masterlock Lock Box

Alternatively, a cheaper option is an old-school lock box. Just mount it somewhere outside your home and your guest will be able to access a set of physical keys with a combination code.

Master Lock Masterlock Lock Box, $, available at Master Lock
<h2>PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket <br></h2>Fido might know to not jump up on the couch when you’re around, but even the most well-trained pet can crack when left alone for long periods of time. Cover your bed, couch, or other desired surface with a protective cover while you’re gone. These extra-large throw blankets are even waterproof and machine-washable to combat any accidents your pet may experience.<br><br><strong>Pup Protector</strong> PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paw.com%2Fproducts%2Fpupprotector-waterproof-throw-blanket-black-cowhide%3Fvariant%3D30206027333681" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Paw" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Paw</a>

PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket

Fido might know to not jump up on the couch when you’re around, but even the most well-trained pet can crack when left alone for long periods of time. Cover your bed, couch, or other desired surface with a protective cover while you’re gone. These extra-large throw blankets are even waterproof and machine-washable to combat any accidents your pet may experience.

Pup Protector PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket, $, available at Paw
<h2>SentrySafe Fire-Resistant and Water-Resistant Box Safe </h2>Disasters happen when you least expect them. And the last thing you want to deal with when coming home from a vacation is a burst pipe or fire damage. Keep your important documents and keepsakes safe from any major accident with a fire- <em>and</em> water-resistant safe. <br><br><strong>SentrySafe</strong> SentrySafe Fire-Resistant and Water-Resistant Box Safe, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FSentrySafe-HD4100-Fire-Resistant-and-Water-Resistant-Box-Safe-with-Key-Lock-0-65-Cu-ft%2F34008332" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

SentrySafe Fire-Resistant and Water-Resistant Box Safe

Disasters happen when you least expect them. And the last thing you want to deal with when coming home from a vacation is a burst pipe or fire damage. Keep your important documents and keepsakes safe from any major accident with a fire- and water-resistant safe.

SentrySafe SentrySafe Fire-Resistant and Water-Resistant Box Safe, $, available at Walmart
<h2>BoxGuard Plastic Package Drop <br></h2>Accidentally order one too many packages before your trip? Prevent porch pirates by hiding all of those Amazon Prime boxes away. Position this package drop box somewhere away from prying eyes and instruct your delivery persons to place your mail inside.<br><br><strong>Cosco</strong> BoxGuard Plastic Package Drop, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wayfair.com%2FCosco-Home-and-Office--BoxGuard-Plastic-Package-Drop-883331E-L565-K%7EACR10072.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wayfair</a>

BoxGuard Plastic Package Drop

Accidentally order one too many packages before your trip? Prevent porch pirates by hiding all of those Amazon Prime boxes away. Position this package drop box somewhere away from prying eyes and instruct your delivery persons to place your mail inside.

Cosco BoxGuard Plastic Package Drop, $, available at Wayfair
<h2>WiFi Smart Plug<br></h2>For those who like the idea of having total control, buy some smart outlets in bulk. Amazon's WiFi-enabled version will allow you to monitor any and all plugged-in appliances (think: hair curlers and living room lamps) through your Alexa or Google Assistant — or you can simply set each outlet on its own timer. <br><br><strong>Aoycocr</strong> WiFi Smart Plug, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/WiFi-Smart-Plug-Outlets-Function/dp/B07Q1L6311/ref=asc_df_B07Q1L6311/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=343187910376&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4436954471742752550&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1022762&hvtargid=pla-724128136006&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=69721953515&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=343187910376&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4436954471742752550&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1022762&hvtargid=pla-724128136006" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

WiFi Smart Plug

For those who like the idea of having total control, buy some smart outlets in bulk. Amazon's WiFi-enabled version will allow you to monitor any and all plugged-in appliances (think: hair curlers and living room lamps) through your Alexa or Google Assistant — or you can simply set each outlet on its own timer.

Aoycocr WiFi Smart Plug, $, available at Amazon

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