Over the increasing number of years since moving away I’ve devised a short mantra of DO’s and DONT’s – they’re by no means exhaustive and, fuck knows, they only work 70% of the time but there’s something incredibly comforting about listing in the face of adversity.
Do spend the first day arguing with your parents, grandparents…basically anybody of blood relation that lives within a three mile radius. It’s cleansing and helps to re-establish boundaries. It’ll also prevent you falling into comfortable familiarity.
Do buy and cook (at minumum) one meal, at least if you want those elusive ‘it was so lovely seeing you’ surprise tenners to find their way into your pockets before departing.