10 Hotel Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Earlier

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By In The Playroom

Ever wondered how some people seem so organised when travelling? Even when the hotel room doesn’t tick every box they somehow have every eventuality covered.

These simple hacks will solve some of the most common hotel problems, making your stay go super smoothly whether travelling for work or with the family.

10 Hotel hacks you'll wish you knew earlier

These are the travel hacks you’ll actually want to use to make your hotel stay easier – none of that boiling an egg in the hotel kettle.

When it comes to optimizing your hotel experience, a few clever hacks can go a long way in ensuring comfort, convenience, and savings. For instance, if you’re planning a trip to Sin City, you can often find better rates by booking mid-week rather than the weekend. Book a hotel in Vegas during these off-peak times and you’re likely to snag a luxurious room at a fraction of the cost.

Additionally, don’t underestimate the power of a friendly chat with the front desk; a simple request could land you a room with a better view or even some complimentary amenities. So the next time you’re planning a getaway, keep these hotel hacks in mind to make the most out of your stay

1. Bring a tumble dryer sheet

Even when you pack clothes into your suitcase fresh from the laundry, they can still end up musty smelling and with an unmistakable top note of suitcase when you arrive on the other side.

Pop a couple of tumble dryer sheets in your bag to keep them crisp, clean and smelling fresh, so you’re ready to get out on the town as soon as your arrive.

2. Speak up

Not many hotels provide state-of-the-art speakers, so when the music channel’s a let-down it can put a dampener on the in-room vibe.

Cue our speaker hack. If you forgot to pack your bluetooth speaker, just pop your phone into one of the glasses or mugs provided in your room and, boom (literally)!

Your very own self-made sound system. Also works to amplify your phone alarm in the morning!

3. Avoid the curtain fall

There’s nothing worse than a curtain gap that just cannot be overcome. Talk about First World problems. 

Tossing and turning with a streetlight glaring in isn’t your idea of a good night’s sleep, so why put up with it?

Grab a clip hanger from the wardrobe, fasten either side of the curtains to each clip and prepare for a peaceful night’s sleep.

4. Have tissues at the ready

When packing, fold your clothes in tissue paper to avoid any wrinkles. It might seem like a pain at the time and bring back bad memories of battling a mountain of Christmas presents, but you’ll be thankful when you discover you don’t have to waste your valuable holiday time ironing.

5. Create a makeshift steam room

If you’ve ignored the tissue paper tip and have found yourself in an in-crease-ingly (sorry) frustrating wrinkle situation, don’t fret: there’s still a way out.

Turn the shower up full heat and wait for the bathroom to become completely steamed up.

Then turn it off and hang your clothes from the shower and towel rails and keep the door closed.

Pop back in half an hour and voilà! Your clothes will be as prim and proper as when you packed and ready for that all-important meeting.

6. Re-charge

If you’ve forgotten your charger, make the TV double up and use the port on the back to power up your USB gizmos and devices. Just plug in, turn the TV on, and charge away. Easy.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask

If you hate being near the lift, or prefer the top floor then don’t shy away from telling the Receptionist your hotel room preferences. 

The worst they can do is say no.

And while you’re at it, don’t be afraid to shout up if you’ve forgotten some of your must-have toiletries.  You’ll be surprised how often a hotel will have spares available.

8. All hail the humble conditioner

Scuffed shoes? 5 O’clock shadow? Mascara won’t budge?  Then all hail the most versatile of hotel freebies. 

If you’re operating under the delusion that conditioner’s just for your hair, then allow us to shed some light.

You can also use this wonder stuff as a shoe polish, shaving cream, make up remover, hand cream… The list goes on.

9. Create a blackout

If the light from the hotel corridor is driving you to distraction, roll up a towel and push it under the door.  

Not only will it help to blackout your room, it’ll also help to block out noisy hotel guests returning late at night.

10. Get prepped

If you’re a regular traveller for work, double up on essentials so that you can have your case packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice and cut down on time spent unpacking and re-packing (and un-packing, and re-packing, and un-packing…).

PS. One for next time 

Nab the miniature toiletry bottles to use for your next adventure. It’ll save you scrambling about looking for containers to stash your liquids under 100ml.

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10 hotel hacks you'll wish you knew earlier

Tips thanks to LateRooms.com who whipped up these homemade top tips to solve the simple things and ensure your trip is plain sailing.

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.

2 thoughts on “10 Hotel Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Earlier”

  1. I agree with the tip – “Don’t be afraid to ask”. Because if you keep on hesitating then you won’t be able to get those amenities which you need. And this way you end up making your stay uncomfortable. So ask whatever you want, if it will be available the authorities will provide.


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