Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hotel Hacks: Tips for Making Hotel Stays Easier

Five Hotel Hacks

We just finished a month long hotel hop from Georgia up through Wisconsin around the lake to Michigan and back down to Georgia. You can read about our travels for the Chicken Whisperer tour where my husband teaches workshops and does book signings by reading Hoteling-it Around the Country.

While preparing for and during our travels, we came up with some hotel hacks that made our travels easier and more home-like. I’d like to share them with you!

Hotel Hacks

1.    Insulated cooler bag: These types of bags are perfect for storing your shower items. No travel-size bottles for us! Inside we place shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, lotion, our scrubbies, and toothbrushes (more about this later). The insulated inside makes it an easy clean up if anything spills and you don’t have to worry about anything leaking through.

2.    Suction cup hooks: We’re a scrubby family. After a few days of traveling, I quickly realized, there is never a place to hang your scrubby where it won’t fall to the bathtub floor. Ick! I stopped by the Dollar Store and picked a couple up. There was only one hotel that had a textured shower wall where the hooks wouldn’t stick to the wall. All the other showers worked perfectly! We never had to worry about where to place the scrubby again!

3.   Fold-Up Stool: We didn’t actually take this on the Chicken Whisperer tour, but we had to stay in a hotel about a month afterward and that time I made sure to bring the fold-up stool from our camper. I have a 4 year old and a 3 year old. Hotels don’t make sinks for children of this size to reach. Maybe you have a better idea, but every time they went potty or needed to brush their teeth over the tour period, I had to lift them up to reach. I’m not 20 years old anymore and my kids are getting heavier and heavier. During the last hotel stay, my daughter was able to get on the potty and wash her hands all by herself just with the help of the stool! It made life so much easier!

4.   Cheap Plastic Toothbrush Holder: We always cover our toothbrushes with the Steripod toothbrush sanitizers, which worked out perfectly because we kept all our toothbrushes in a cheap plastic toothbrush holder and then we stuck the whole thing down into the shower bag. Once we arrive at the hotel, I pull it out and place it next to the sink. I never had to worry about our toothbrushes rolling over and touching the hotel counters… Yuck! The picture above is a toothbrush holder I found at Walmart specifically for traveling, but you can use any holder that fits toothbrushes for your family members.

5.    A Nightlight: I was surprised by how few bathrooms had a dim light. It was either on or off. In the middle of the night when I take my kids or go myself, I prefer not to blind us. Next time, we will pack a nightlight for sure! These are the nightlights we use from Walmart in our camper.

I hope you found this post helpful. Maybe you have some helpful tips as well. Feel free to share them in the comments below so we can benefit from each other!

God Bless You on Your Learning Journey ~

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