Making your hotel room feel a little more like home can go a long way.
If you’re traveling on a budget or just had a long day, that “I wish I was in my own bed” feeling can creep in pretty fast. Especially if you have little ones, bedtime in a strange place can be hard. The more you can do to make everyone feel at home, the better the stay will go.
Here are a few tried and tested tips to help you make your next hotel a little less…hotel.
Put all the menus, flyers and paperwork in a drawer.
Get that “this is a hotel room” feel put away. If you brought books or magazines, put those on the table instead.
Bring your own pillowcase.
You might not have room in your luggage to bring your own pillow but the case is pretty close. There’s just something about putting your head on your own pillow.
Take a small scented candle to make things smell a little less sterile.
You know that dry, clammy too clean hotel smell. Warm things up with a scent you’re familiar with, just don’t forget to bring something to light it with.
Move the furniture where you want it.
Do things feel out of place, or is all the furniture on one side of the room? Mix it up! You’re paying for the room so make it feel like your own.
Use the dresser and unpack your luggage.
Settle in and put all your stuff in the dresser. It will make things feel a little more settled and a little less temporary (in a good way).
Bring your Roku or Apple TV.
If the hotel has wifi bring your own TV device hook it up. Instead of the 6 local channels, you can stream your favorite Netflix shows. Just be sure to bring the power adapter and an HDMI.
Ask the hotel for dishes and silverware so you can actually eat your leftovers.
If they have room service, they have dishes. Most of the time the front desk will give you what you need if you just ask.