Lifehacks and cool tricks are very much in vogue. If you are planning a trip, chances are that you already know about going incognito to fool the aggregator websites and get the best deal possible. On a long haul, you always order special meals to get your food long before others are served. If you have been nodding yes to all these, then congratulations! You are at the right place. For today, you will learn how to maximise your hotel stay with a few simple tips tricks for smart traveller.
#1 Keep Your Room Cool Even When You Are Out
Just use your business card or any other card that you might not need, to keep the power on to avoid entering a super hot room, after spending time outside.
#2 Keep Safe When Solo
If you have checked in a shady area, or a new country, then put the “Do Not Disturb” tag outside your door when you go out, it will keep strangers at bay as they will think you are in.
#3 If Laundry Services Are Charged, Save On It
How? Carry a bag for your dirty laundry and put the hotel soap in it to keep the odour away from other clothes too. If you have to wash a few things, wash them and put a used towel on the bed and leave them to dry. Small things like socks can be dried using the hair dryer, just put the mouth of the dryer on the socks and switch it on!
#4 No Blackout Curtains? No Problem
If you are a late sleeper, we understand the need for blackout curtains. Don’t fret if your hotel doesn’t have it, just get the cloth hangers with clips from the wardrobe, and use the clips to keep the curtains in place. Amazing right?
#5 Forgot Phone Chargers? Use the TV
The kind of chargers most of us have now works with the USB plugin, hence, if you have forgotten the charger, use the USB plugin on the hotel TV, you would need your phone cable, though.
#6 Want to Get Your formal Shoes Polished?
Don’t spend money at the hotel shoe shiner, get some body lotion from the bathroom toiletries and dab it on the shoes, clean it with a piece of cloth and you get shiny clean shoes!
#7 Increase Sound Volume In Your Phone
If you need to get up early you might need a loud alarm, place your phone in a glass and see how the volume increases. Works nicely when you want some music as you do other stuff.
#8 The Very Versatile Hair Conditioner
If you have forgotten to bring your shaving cream and the hotel doesn’t provide one too, use the hair conditioner to lather up! The hair conditioner doubles up as eye make-up remover, and can unclog drains too. Definitely versatile!
#9 Hungry? Save Money On Room Service
If you want to save some money on room service or eating out, then carry the age-old favorite Maggie with you. The electric kettle can boil, stew, grill and poach as well! If you are not eager on making a huge 3-course dinner, though, just stick to Maggie. Many do swear by the traditional grilled cheese sandwich, a technique that is hugely popular in hostels, for that you will need foils to wrap the sandwich and press a hot iron on it.
#10 Smelly Pants?
Put them in a plastic bag and keep it in the fridge overnight. It will be fresh and odourless next morning.
#11 Putting Your Dirty Shoes Back In Suitcase
If you have lost the plastic bag in which you carried your shoes, don’t worry, get the shower cap cover the lower part of your shoes and put them with your clothes. No? Do they stink? Put a tea bag in each shoe that will keep the smell away.
#12 Have Leftovers?
Request for a dish or bowl put them in it and cover it with the shower cap before keeping it in your fridge for the next day.
#13 Want To Look Fresh Before Going Out?
Exfoliate your skin with sugar, a sachet of sugar kept for making tea and coffee works well.
#14 Do Not Pay For Wi-Fi
If your hotel charges you for Wi-Fi, then see if they have a free membership program that will ensure you get freebies that include WiFi. If that doesn’t work then try Foursquare for Wi-Fi hot spots with passwords near you.
#15 Missing Your Favorite TV Shows?
Carry a Google Chromecast to stream your favorite shows from your phone/laptop/tablet to the hotel TV.