Puting Coins in the Sink Could Become an Indispensable Life Hack
Some travel all the time because of work, and others do it for leisure. These trips might be luxurious if you have the money, but the truth is that you don’t need a lot to enjoy a vacation. Luckily, we also have gathered a bunch of interesting hotel hacks that will save you time, money, and make your stay at the local inn much more pleasant. From isolating terrible noises to keeping your clothes fresh, let’s discover these amazing tricks!
ADDING SOME HUMIDITY
While some people might hate humidity during their travel, anyone who has spent time in a hotel room probably experienced a really dry environment. However, you can fix this easily by his using a suitcase rack and putting a damp towel on top. Then just put the rack by the radiator.
You might have trouble sleeping, especially if the lights of this new city are too bright. Most of the time, you won’t be able to arrange the curtains so that there is no gap in between. However, you just need to grab the pants hangers from the closet and press the drapes with the clips.
WATCH SOME TELEVISION
When you are in a foreign country, you might not understand the local channels. However, instead of spending money on on-demand movies, you can use your laptop. That way, you can watch Netflix using the big screen. You just have to remember to always bring the HDMI cable with you!
THE PHONE POCKET
There are many hotels that don’t have nightstands for some weird reasons, but you don’t have to leave your stuff on the floor in this situation. You can just make a little pocket with the sheets from your bed. This might not work at home because most people use fitted sheets.
NO MORE NOISE
You might be staying in a busy hotel. Sometimes, the walls are just too thin, and people are loud during vacation. You might not be able to switch rooms either. So, the best you can do is take an extra towel and wedge it in the crack by the door. This will help significantly.
THE HIDDEN CHARGERS
People have had to worry about carrying a charger in their bags all the time. If you accidentally left your charger at home, there is a chance someone actually forgot their own at the hotel. You just need to call the front desk and ask if they have one for your phone. How clever!
RELAXING IN THE ROOM
Sometimes, you just need a mini-fridge to keep your things. However, even if there is no fridge, don’t throw away your stuff. You can make a cooler at the bathroom sink with some ice, which will keep your drinks cool so you can relax while watching a movie. How nice!
COOLING THE ROOM
While a lot of hotels have air conditioning, especially if they are new, you might discover that there are plenty in Europe, for example, that don’t offer it. If you find yourself in a room without one, and it’s just too hot, all you need to do is wet a towel and put it on the open window.
One of the problems with the butter at a hotel is that it’s just too cold and hard to spread it on your bread. Instead of waiting or eating your breakfast with cold butter, you can just put the packets on top of the toaster. After your bread is done, your butter will be perfect for use.
THE MUSIC OF YOUR LIFE
Going on a trip and not having music is unbearable, but bringing a speaker is simply impractical. However, you can make your own makeshift speaker for your downtime in the hotel room. All you need is your phone and one of the mugs in the room. They work pretty well.
DON’T ABUSE ROOM SERVICE
It might be nice to get room service every once in a while, but unfortunately, it can be very expensive in the long run. It would be better to pack things like ramen for your room if you don’t want to eat out. You would be able to boil water in the coffee maker easily.
ASK FOR AN EXTRA KEY
In modern hotels you will have to leave the key in a slot to keep the power on, but if you don’t want to turn everything on and off every time when you leave, you can always ask for an extra key. That way, you can keep that one in the slot and leave the room without a problem.
ASK THE FRONT DESK
Some people might panic overpacking when traveling, but you don’t need to worry if you forgot something. Many hotels can everything you could possibly need, and it’s not just free soap or shampoo. Many establishments have hair straighteners and even video games.
THE SHOWER CAP IS IMPORTANT
Although not everyone uses a shower cap, you can actually use the one provided by the hotel for other things. If you forgot to bring bags, you can keep your dirty shoes inside them to avoid damaging your clothes. They can also be used to cover the remote control.
EATING IN WITH THE FAMILY
Unfortunately, traveling with family can get expensive and especially tiring. So, if you’re planning to eat in your room and don’t want to make a mess, you can always use the ironing board. Just place it in front of the bed with a towel to avoid damaging it. Now, you have a table for your children.
TIP WITH A $20
This might not be a great hack for saving money, but sometimes, you have to slip someone a bit of money to get a better service. People that travel all the time recommend giving the front desk a $20 when you give them your driver’s license and you will probably be given an upgrade.
GIVING THEM NOTICE OF A SPECIAL OCCASION
Some people are traveling for a special occasion like a honeymoon, birthday, a bar mitzvah or even a christening. Well, it’s always better to let the hotel know in advance, as they will most likely offer you a deal for your event. You might even get an unexpected upgrade.
PLACING YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
Unfortunately, hotels won’t give you a cup for your toothbrush and placing it on the vanity does not seem hygienic. Even if they clean the place all the time, you can never know. Luckily, you can just grab a paper cup, cut it in the middle and put your toothbrush through the hole.
FILE A COMPLAINT
People make mistakes, but sometimes, some services are simply unsatisfactory. Your room might not have hot water, or the front desk might have forgotten your wake-up call. Some folks might hesitate to complain, but you have to do it. Just remember to be respectful.
LOOK AT SEVERAL ROOMS
If you’re not the kind of person to tip the front desk for an upgrade, you can just ask to see several of the rooms available. Most hotels try to fill the worst rooms. There’s no harm in asking to see something better, and you might discover one room with a much better view.
THE FOGGY MIRROR
People wait for the fog in the mirror to clear or wipe it with a towel, but all you really need to do to clear it is rub a bar of soap in the mirror. Then, you use a dry cloth to buff the entire mirror. This will stop it from getting foggy ever again. How clever is this hack?!
TIPS FOR THE CONDITIONER
Some people are reluctant to use the products provided by the hotel, but they are really great. Meanwhile, conditioner can actually be used in other ways, beyond leaving your hair silky smooth. It also works as a shaving cream, a makeup remover, and even for cuticle care.
THE “DO NOT DISTURB” SIGN
If you think that the hotel you’re staying at is not the best ever, or accidentally argued with the cleaning staff, you might be better off leaving the sign in place. That way you won’t have to worry about stolen items. When the sign is on the door, people assume you’re in the room anyway too.
BROWSE AROUND FOR BETTER HOTELS
Book a room for the refundable price, and then you can browse around the area for better offers. It might seem like the more expensive option, but you can always cancel and get your money back in full. Furthermore, if you decide that the other hotels are not better, you can switch.
NO MORE GERMS
Legend says that the dirtiest thing in a hotel room is the remote control. Almost everything else is normally cleaned, and the bedsheets are changed, but this item is always the same. Therefore, it’s best to cover it with a plastic bag or a shower cap from the bathroom.
MAKING YOUR OWN DINNER
By the end of your travels, you might be tired of the hotel buffet and grow a dislike for all the restaurants in the area. However, you can always pop down to the local convenience store for some quick snacks that you can make in the room. As mentioned before, ramen is easy to make in the hotel coffee pot.
TAKE ALL YOUR VALUABLES
When you’re trying to relax, you often forget about your things. This will happen often. One thing you can do to avoid missing valuable items like your keys, wallet, and your phone is to take them with you every single day. You can even loop your charging chord in the keychain.
A HACK FOR THE DOOR
If you are traveling with a lot of luggage, it can get pretty annoying to travel back and forth. Luckily, if the door is near the closet, you can use a hanger to hook the door, and it keeps it open while you try to settle in. Just make sure no one walks into your room in the process.
A TIP FOR BREAKFAST
Unfortunately, hotels purposely put small cups next to the juice machines, and you often have to get up constantly to refill it. Luckily, there is a perfect solution for that. You just need to grab the large coffee cup and use it for your morning OJ. Some places have lids for coffee.
ONE BED FOR ALL
Families often travel together, but being in one room with all of them can get pretty cramped after a while. It’s always best to ask for an extra bed cot, and you can always divide one bed into separates spaces. That way, they won’t be in each other’s space all the time.
NO MORE IRON
There are many hotels that offer irons at the front desk, as many rooms have ironing tables as well. However, you don’t have to waste time ironing your clothes. A perfect hack is to put all your garments in the bathroom while your shower. The steam of the hot water will erase wrinkles.
USING THE TELEVISION FOR CHARGING
There are different kinds of power outlets in the world, and if you forgot to bring an adapter, you might not be able to charge your phone. Luckily, you might be able to do it with your room’s television. USB ports are pretty universal, and you can plug it on the port behind your TV.
ALWAYS HAVE A WATER BOTTLE
You might be stuck in your room without water for a whole night, and that can be annoying. Bringing water with you is not always practical, but you can bring an empty water bottle everywhere. Don’t fill it up with tap water, though. If the hotel has a gym, it’s best to fill your bottle at their cooler.
SIGNING UP FOR AAA
Professional travelers from all over the world have many different tips to give you. Chris Guillebeau is the founder of the Travel Hacking Cartel. He says that when he doesn’t use frequent flyer miles, AAA saves his day. This tip will make life a lot easier for travelers.
TRY THE HOTEL CREDIT CARD AND BONUSES
Matt Kepnes travels all over the world since 2006, and he says that it’s always better to apply for the hotel credit card and adding the sign-up bonuses. That way, you might even have a week’s worth of free things, but most people have no idea about these benefits that will save you money.
TRANSFER THE MILES FOR YOUR REGULAR CREDIT CARD
Kepnes signs up for the bonuses at hotels, but he also recommends universal miles, especially travel rewards credit cards. That way, you can move your accumulated points. "You can transfer those points to hotel loyalty programs and redeem them for free rooms."
GET A BETTER STATUS WITH YOUR CARD
Al-Nawaz Rajan normally stays at great hotels for the prices of 2-star places, and he recommends using platinum cards to get upgrades at hotels. Of course, some of these systems have expensive fees, but he says it’s worth it. So now you know more about hotels!
MATCHING YOUR STATUS
If you have a designated status with a hotel chain or brand, you might be able to get it from other hotels. Elizabeth Houck shares her advice online, and she says that you only have to call the loyalty line and request it. This will avoid awkward situations for you and your guests.
GET STATUS AT CHEAPER PLACES
Elizabeth recommends focusing on one brand. "Most hotel loyalty programs are based on nights, not dollars spent. If you need X number of nights for status in a particular program, consider short one-night stays in a 'lesser' property to achieve status for fewer bucks."
WASHING YOUR CLOTHES
You have to travel with your kids and desperately need to do some laundry. However, hotel laundry is horribly expensive and there might not be a laundromat nearby. If it’s just a few pieces of clothing, you can just use your sink. You only need some plastic and some coins.
TALK TO THE GENERAL MANAGER
Houck also explained that she always gets upgraded to a king suite at a certain establishment because she emailed the general manager. It was after a bad experience. "I wrote the GM about the experience and he was happy to extend a fantastic rate for me to give the hotel another chance."
CHECK OUT BIDDING SITES
Pete Heck from HeckticTravels.com and his wife have traveled all over the globe since 2009, and they find discounts thanks to bidding sites. "We are recent converts to Priceline.com and Hotwire.com — two sites that have allowed us to save big money on hotel rooms.
CALL IN ADVANCE
Even if you have not developed a relationship with the general manager because you are trying out a hotel for the first time, it’s always best to call in advance. Professional traveler Mick Richard is the founder of Vagabondish.com, and he explained, "This works especially well with smaller chains.
USE GROUPON FOR LAST-MINUTE TRAVELS
If you don’t mind waiting until the very last moment, you might be able to use Groupon to get discounts for bookings. Kristin Addis is a blogger at Be My Travel Muse, and she explained, "You can get a room somewhere like Las Vegas the day of or the day before for much, much less, you must be very flexible!"
USE THE COUNTRY’S CURRENCY
She said, "Sometimes looking at booking engines specifically geared towards Australia, for example, can result in savings if booking in Australian Dollars. If I'm using a travel credit card that doesn't charge fees for foreign transactions and has fair rates for currency conversion."
STAY FOR A LONG TIME
Erin Bender from Travel with Bender says that if you have to stay somewhere for more than a week, you can call the hotel in advance and ask for discounts. Apparently, it’s much better to keep one guest for longer, than to turn over a new one. How interesting!
FIND PRICE GUARANTEES
Deia Bong explained the benefits of price guarantees. Additionally, by calling the hotel directly, you can start accumulating loyalty points. "Some hotel chains like Marriott and Hilton will match the lowest price you can find and give you freebies or further discounts on top of it."
SEARCH IN BOOKING SITES FOR PRICE GUARANTEES AND BENEFITS
Deia also recommends, "If you don't like the idea of sticking with one hotel chain's loyalty program, use booking sites with lowest-price guarantees instead. I personally like the loyalty program at Hotels.com, which gives you one free night for every 10 nights you book through the website."
LET THEM KNOW OF A SPECIAL OCCASION
Hotels make special accommodations for special events. Nicole Connolly always calls in advance. "If you are visiting a hotel for a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary, let the property know when you make your booking as many hotels will give you a complimentary upgrade to help you."
GIVE THEM A REVIEW
Sabrina Iovino has traveled the world since 2008, and if she didn’t get a deal in advance, she always negotiates it at the hotel. "It helps to mention something like 'are you also on Tripadvisor? I'd love to write a review..." However, be careful not to fall into the Beggars stereotype.
BOOKING A HOTEL ROOM
Nowadays, there are all kinds of travel sites and apps trying to sell the best “deals” out there, and they might work most of the time. However, most experts really recommend booking directly through the hotel because they might reveal some secrets that these sites won’t.
Even if your hotel room happens to have a kitchen, mini-fridge, sometimes you just want a hot meal but don’t want to go outside. However, hotel room service is also rather expensive. But, don’t fret because you can just order in from your favorite place just like you do at home.
Parents have been known to use any surface as an impromptu diaper changing station, but there are some places that work better than others. So, instead of putting your kid on the floor or using the tiny bathroom counter, you can use the hotel room desk. The desk is also a better option than the bed.
It’s very common to enter a hotel room that has some odd smell. It might not be exactly a dirty smell, but there is always something. Luckily, you can manage this easily with your car freshener. All you need to do is clip it on the air conditioning vent. Your room will be daisy fresh!
ALWAYS HAVE DISHES
Rhoni Speed and her son have been traveling for over a year but don’t spend as much as you think. One important tip is to keep things simple when it comes to meals. Therefore, always ask for dishes for your room. Do you think if you will apply these tricks on your next trip?