My number 1 fan* is going on a business trip for a month. My unorganized house made me think about all of the things you don’t have when you’re staying at a hotel. Here are a few tips to bring a little home to your hotel.
*Based on blog participation.
Fortunately, all of the places I’ve stayed during business trips were clean. But the sheets always have that super clean, just bleached smell. I like the nice smell of my detergent and fabric softener to lull me to sleep.
Travel Alarm Clock
I always fumble around with the unfamiliar hotel alarm clock. Even after I have tripled checked that it is set, my paranoia kicks in and makes me call the front desk for a wake up call. The problem with a wake call is that it doesn’t have a snooze button. True story: I went on a business trip with a bunch of managers and feverishly prepared my stuff the night before so I could bounce out of bed/the room the next morning. I always hit the snooze button twice, but had given myself extra time to sleep in. In my semi-sleepy haze, I had accidentally turned the alarm clock off. But not to worry, I was awaken by my wake up call…from the manager wondering if I was meeting him at the car instead of the lobby. To avoid an extremely embarrassing situation like this, bring an alarm clock you are familiar with to avoid a morning mishap.
Pictures of your loved ones
Lugging around a picture frame with your dog’s picture can be cumbersome so I suggest bringing it in a lighter form. A good old fashion printed picture and thumb tack should do the trick. Put it on the wall when you walk through the door so you have someone to say hi to when you get it at night. For a more modern spin, load your iPod or cell phone with pictures so you can view them while listening to your favorite tunes.
iPod (or equivalent music player) and dock
Most hotel chains have iPod docks which help to drown out the hotel noises (A/C humming, street traffic, kids screaming down the hall, ect). You can check their website ahead of time to confirm or you can bring your own. We have 2 brands and I recommend Logitech. It has noticeably better sound quality and is much sleeker and compact than the iHome. Side note: Did you know I didn’t own an iPod until I won the dock at work? And I had the dock for at least 6 months before I got the iPod.
To keep your feet warm in an air conditioned room. Or to keep off the dirt that people have tracked into the room.
I’ll admit that I’ve never brought all of this stuff with me, but all of these have been in my suitcase at one point. Anyone have any other suggestions?