Traveling, whether it’s for business or pleasure, usually means that you’re going to end up staying in a hotel. Although sometimes staying in a hotel can be fun, they have a tendency to make your life more difficult as opposed to being at home. You’re restricted on space, don’t have many of things that entertain you at home, and you’re essentially confined to one room. While this may be annoying to most people, these hotel hacks will change the way you view hotel rooms and make your stay that much more pleasant.
Put Those Shower Caps To Good Use
Whether or not you used the shower cap provided, they can still be put to good use when you’re packing to leave. If you brought more than one pair of shoes, chances are you don’t want to smash them beneath all of your clothes or put the dirty shoes on top of your clothes either.
So, put them inside of the shower cap and protect your clothes from all of the dirt and grime that the soles might have accumulated.
Wrinkles, Be Gone!
Something that is almost impossible to avoid while traveling is wrinkled clothes. Unless you’re some kind of magician, chances are that you’ve arrived at your hotel only to realize that many of your clothes are wrinkled.
Well, instead of packing an iron with you or having to request one from the hotel staff, there’s a simple trick. Simply use a hangar from the room and hang up your wrinkled clothes in the bathroom while you shower. The hot steam will help to remove the wrinkles.
Too Hot In Your Room?
We’ve all had that experience when a hotel room can’t seem to get as cool as you want it to be. While some people might just suck it up and be miserable the entire time during their stay, it doesn’t always have to be that way.
All you need is a damp towel and either a window or an air conditioning unit. Dampen a towel, and then place it near an open window or by the air conditioning unit. The water will be cooled by the air and pump cool air into the room.
Don’t Pay More For Internet
If you happen to be staying at a hotel that charges you to use the Internet, there’s a trick you can pull from your sleeve to make sure you’re not paying any more than you need to. For most smartphones, you can have the option of using your phone as your own personal Internet hotspot.
This may take a bit of planning and communication with your provider, but it will pay off in the long run when you don’t have Internet bills to pay!
Make Sharing A Bed Easy!
If you’re traveling with kids that don’t like sleeping in the same bed and don’t want to pay more for an extra room or a pull-out couch, worry no more. A simple solution is to make separate sleeping areas in the same bed.
All you have to do is ask for more pillows and blankets than you’ve most likely been provided and construct two different areas on the same bed. This way, each person has their own space!
Use Outside Services
If you really don’t feel like ordering room service, going out, or making your own food, in today’s world, there are plenty of other options. Now, there are countless services that will go pick up your food from your favorite restaurants and deliver it straight to your door, even at hotels.
Some services even offer grocery delivery if you are interested in making your own food. There’s no shortages of these services, and all you have to do is download the app!
Keep That Light Out
While hotel blinds are great for privacy and keeping some of the sun out in the morning, rarely is it fully dark in the room before you’re ready to open the blinds and see the sun. There’s usually a small gap in between the blinds that will allow a sliver of light in the room which can be disruptive on those mornings you might be trying to sleep in.
A simple and easy solution to this problem is to use a few of the hangers provided and utilize the clips to hold the shades together.
Use Technology To Your Advantage
It’s known that if you want to watch something outside of the cable that your hotel provides it’s going to cost you, usually more than the movie is worth. So, if you know that you like to watch movies at night or have kids that want to watch their favorite shows, don’t waste your money buying it from the hotel.
If you have one, bring something like Chromecast or Roku to the hotel and hook it up. Or bring a laptop and HDMI cable to watch movies on the TV from your laptop.
A Dining Room Table Perfect For Your Kids
When feeding your kids both at home or in a hotel room, chances are you don’t want them sitting on a bed with a plate full of food or on the dirty ground either. Without the convenience of the dining table in a hotel room, it puts you in an interesting position.
Well something that works and your kids might even find fun is setting up an ironing board at the edge of the bed using towels as a tablecloth. Now, the kids have somewhere safe and clean to eat.
Sleep More Soundly
If you are staying in a hotel, you have to accept the fact that you’re sharing a building with other people. While often time people are respectful of others, it might not always be as quiet or peaceful as you might like it.
So, one easy trick to block out some of the noise and even make it darker in your room is to place a bath towel at the bottom of your hotel door. This will help to muffle sounds and eliminate any distracting movements or light.
Don’t Forget About The Coffee Machine!
Yes, the coffee machine is best used to cook up that much-needed cup of Joe in the morning, but it can be used for even more than just that. If you’re in the mood for a snack or maybe just in a hurry, you can use the coffee pot and the hot water to whip up a quick instant meal.
You can use hot water for just about any instant meal such as ramen, oatmeal, or anything else you have on hand.
Forgot A Speaker?
In a scenario where you’re getting ready or having people over and you want to listen to music but don’t have a speaker, don’t despair. Although the volume from just your phone might not provide ample sound, if you put it into an empty cup with the speaker facing down it amplifies the sound greatly.
This also comes in handy if you’re staying up late and still want music without disturbing your neighbors. This is also great because you can do it just about anywhere.
How To Keep Your Kids Busy!
While this tip might come off as a little odd, it really works! If you’re traveling with young children who enjoy playing with their toys, make sure to keep a roll of painter’s tape on-hand. Why you may ask?
Well, if you’re stuck in your hotel room for an extended period of time, create lines for them to follow with their favorite toys or watch them as they tape their own creations! It’s painter’s tape, so it will come off no problem!
Think Outside The Outlet
If you’re staying in a room with more than just yourself, sometimes, outlets can be in short supply. Everyone always has a device that they want to have charged either after coming home or before heading out.
Luckily, there are some secret spots in hotel rooms that most people think about. One of them is the USB port that usually can be found in the back of most hotel room TVs. Now you can charge your phone with no hassle!
Baby Changing Time!
If you have a child that still needs to be changed regularly, it’s something that you just can’t avoid. Since there isn’t much space in a hotel room, and maybe you don’t want to do it on your bed, you can always just use the desk which can be found in even the most basic of hotel rooms.
Assuming that you already have a changing pad, all you have to do is put it on the surface, that is if you’re not using it.
Don’t Be Overwhelmed By Dirty Diaper
It’s no secret that if you’re traveling with a young child, diapers can pile up quickly, especially if you’re stuck in a hotel room. It’s not exactly realistic to take the elevator down to throw away a dirty diaper in the dumpster every time you change your diaper, so you have to make do with what you have!
You can always ask the hotel for a larger plastic trashcan so that you can create a makeshift dirty diaper container, just like the one you have at home!
Cook Your Own Meals
One of the hardest parts of staying in a hotel is eating. For the most part you don’t have much of a choice and it’s usually between ordering room service or going and buying food from somewhere else.
If you’re on a diet or just trying to save money, this can be a big issue. So, if you put a planning and effort into it, you can usually whip up something that is healthier and cheaper than most hotel or takeout food. Check out some recipes online for some help!
Keep Your Clothes Smelling Fresh
When traveling and staying in a hotel, your clothes become vulnerable to unwanted smells. Since you don’t exactly have a washing machine on hand, there is something you can do to solve this problem.
All you have to do is pack in a few loose fabric softener sheets into your suitcase along with your clothes. This will keep all of your clothes smelling nice and fresh. It will even help keep your shoes from stinking up your clothes too!
Make Sure Your Toothbrush Stays Nice And Clean
Sure, you could go out and buy a toothbrush travel container. But let’s be honest, after a few uses, they start to get pretty grimy on the inside and the side of the sink starts to look more and more appetizing.
However, by using clothing clips, you can eliminate this problem. Just lay the neck of your toothbrush in between the clips and let it rest elevated above the surface its on. This is a cheap, simple, and effective way to keep your toothbrush and mouth clean.
You Don’t Need To Pay To Have Your Clothes Washed
When staying at a hotel, doing your laundry can be an all-around nightmare. Basically, your choices are to pay a ridiculous price to have the hotel do it and possibly lose some of your clothing, or you can go spend a few hours in a laundromat.
Neither sound very appealing but there is a third option: you can wash your clothes in your room’s sink! Put a plastic bag over the drain and begin to weight it down with coins so the water can fill up the sink. Wash away!