We've all walked into a hotel room and thought, Ew. What's that smell?
If it's a potent odor, obviously go to the front desk and ask for a new room. But if it's that kind of stale, musty smell common in hotels (you know what I'm talking about), just break out a couple of dryer sheets and place them over the AC unit. Then turn on the AC and get ready to breathe in some fresh AF air.
Do you ever wake up in a hotel room with dry eyes, irritated sinuses or even a bloody nose? It's probably because the air in hotel rooms tends to be very dry. If you're sensitive to dry air, you can create a makeshift humidifier by placing a damp towel near the AC unit.
It seems like there are never enough outlets in hotel rooms, especially if you're staying with your family or a group of friends. So here's a helpful hack that will prevent any fights over outlets: just connect your phone charger to the back of the TV. Chances are, the TV in your hotel room will have a USB port, so take advantage of it when you need to charge your phone.
Apparently, this is a hot tip among flight attendants. If you want to keep the light out of your room in the AM, pin the curtains closed with a clothes hanger. And don't forget to stuff a rolled towel beneath the door to keep the light from the hallway out. Then boom – you now have a pitch-black sleeping lair.
Embarking on a long cross-country road trip and don't want to spend a fortune on eating out? Consider bringing a crockpot along. You can whip up plenty of easy meals in your own hotel room, then let them cook while you're out exploring.
You can also use hot water from the hotel room coffee maker to whip up instant oatmeal for a quick and easy breakfast.
You know those complimentary shower caps in hotel bathrooms that hardly anyone actually use in the shower? Well, they're great for a number of other things, like wrapping up wet swimsuits, keeping your dirty shoes separate from clean clothes and even saving leftover food.
Need to convert one sleeping space into two? Just use pillows to separate a queen or king bed, then throw on two different blankets to differentiate the sleeping spaces. It's a perfect solution for traveling with young kids.
This is a particularly great trip for anybody traveling with kids, but even adults can benefit from this nifty hotel room hack. Want to enjoy a TV dinner without risking spilling food all over the sheets? Just pull the ironing board out of the closet and use it as a makeshift table.
If the hotel room furniture isn't set up to your liking, change it! Don't be afraid to move around some of the furniture to make the room work for you, especially if you'll be staying there for a while. Most hotels are cool with guests rearranging furniture as long as you move it back before you check out.
If you're traveling for an extended period of time, chances are you'll have to do laundry on the road. One of the easiest ways to plug up a sink so you can wash your clothes involves just a few coins and some plastic. Lay down the plastic first, then cover it with coins, and just like that you're ready for laundry day.
While most hotels don't have extra speakers lying around, most do have cups and mugs, and you can easily transform a cup into a mini-speaker for your phone. Just place your phone in a cup or ice bucket and let this hotel room staple amplify the sound.
Every avid traveler should know this trick. If you want to avoid looking like a wrinkled mess (a dead giveaway that you're a tourist) while on vacation, simply take some extra time to unpack your clothes as soon as you get to the hotel. For items of clothing that are extra wrinkly, hang them beside the shower and let the steam do its work.
As mentioned before, there really are never enough outlets in hotel rooms. So if you want to avoid a struggle over who gets to charge their devices, just bring your own power strip. Since power strips take up very little space in luggage, they should be a no-brainer addition to your packing list.
If you want to bring a touch of home and comfort to a hotel room, be sure to pack a candle. Not only will the soft light of the candle create a warm ambience, but a scented candle can also mask any weird odors in the hotel room.
(I guess I should probably tell you to check with the hotel to make sure they allow candles, you know, for safety reasons.)
One of the many benefits of technology is that you're no longer restricted to expensive hotel room entertainment when you travel. These days, you can just pack your streaming device (like an Amazon Fire Stick or Chromecast) and watch your favorite shows on the go. You'll feel right at home!