The majority of travelers stay in hotels or resorts when they travel. It’s like a home away from home, right? Eh. Maybe not.
When you are staying at a hotel you are at risk of forgetting important items, having your items stolen from your room or even getting sick. How can you make your next hotel stay as great as possible? We’ve got you covered with tips to do just that.
Avoid the AC and the remote control.
If you have a room with two double beds or a ginormous King size, sleep in the bed (or side of the bed) that is opposite the air conditioner in the room. Sleeping under the AC can be a breeding ground for illness. Thinking about checking out some late night TV when you get back from dinner? Clean the remote first. It’s pretty much the only component of the room that isn’t disinfected during a standard room cleaning.
Ask reception for the item you may have forgotten.
From toothpaste to cell phone chargers, you will most likely find hope at the front desk of your hotel. See, travelers just like you leave stuff behind and you can use this to your benefit. While the hotel will not give you used toothpaste or someone else’s razor (gross), they will be able to let you borrow one of the many cell phone or laptop chargers left behind. Typically, hotels will have sample sizes of toiletry products like toothpaste, tooth brushes, combs, deodorant and shaving cream.
Use the “Do Not Disturb” sign.
If you are okay with spending multiple days at a hotel with the same towel and the same sheets, using the “Do Not Disturb” sign religiously can help keep your belongings safe. If you do need your room cleaned by housekeeping, it’s best to put your belongings into drawers or even utilize the room safe for your expensive possessions or important documents.
Shut your window curtains.
Not only is this going to help you sleep better (especially if you are vacation), but it can keep your personal activities blocked from the world. If you can see into other buildings from your hotel, other people in those buildings can see into your room. By closing your curtains you are giving yourself a physical blocker from the rest of the world knowing your schedule.
Double check you have your keys before you leave.
This may seem simple, but a key card isn’t something you typically remember to take with you. When you get back to your room, you may have dropped it on the desk or the coffee table. Did you remember to pick it up? If you’re planning on returning to your room late at night, retrieving a new key from the front desk is really the last thing you’ll want to deal with.
Use your hotel safe.
Seems simple, right? Many travelers don’t even bother because they feel safe enough behind a locked door. But the reality is, your room may be subject to several people throughout your hotel stay. If you are staying at a resort, you may have upwards of 3 or 4 people attending to your room during the day. Do you want these strangers to be so close to your passport, other travel documents and personal electronics? Probably not. If your room doesn’t have a safe, ask the front desk if they have their own safe to hold important items.