For some, a break from home and a stay at a hotel is an essential part of any vacation. For those who travel a lot, the anonymity of hotel living can be disheartening. Even infrequent travelers sometimes tire of the bland feeling of many hotel rooms, wishing instead to surround themselves with the joy of a home away from home. For some tips for feeling at home in a hotel, read on!
If you plan to stay in a room for more than one night, one of the best ways to feel at home in the space is to unpack your suitcase. Living out of your luggage rather than out of a closet is a constant reminder that you are in a strange place and can make getting dressed in the morning more of a hassle than a joy. The longer you plan to stay in a given hotel, the more at home you will feel if you truly inhabit the space.
If you are taking a road trip, consider bringing your pillow with you. So often hotel pillows are inadequate or simply too different from the one you use at home, making it harder to get a good night's sleep. Bringing that little bit of home along with you in the vehicle makes any overnight stop a little easier and adds that touch of home to any hotel room. Consider bringing a towel as well, especially if you love to wrap up in a big bath sheet as most hotel towels are smaller than the ones many of us use at home.
Try to stick to some of the routines that you follow at home as much as possible while traveling. If music is an important part of your morning or evening ritual, take the time to do a little research into radio stations in your new locale so you can tune in to one that plays your favorite music. If you are staying more than one night, try to make friends with the hotel staff — they can often provide valuable tips to make your stay more pleasant or productive, and it is always nice to have someone greet you by name when you return from a hard day of work or sightseeing.
Consider traveling with your favorite toiletries rather than relying on those little hotel shampoos and lotions; the longer you will be away from home, the more your favorite products will help you (and your hair and skin) feel like normal. If you have a favorite soothing scent, bring it along on your travels in candle form if possible. A breath of your favorite scent when you walk through the door will help you put aside the institutional flavor of a hotel and make you feel more at home.
If you have additional tips for feeling at home in a hotel, please share them in the comments below.
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