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How to Not Only Survive, But Thrive in Your Hotel Room

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Brian Lees
Written by Brian Lees
Travel can be wonderful and life affirming, as we all know, but it can also be a real headache! Even surviving a stay in a hotel room can have its highs and lows, so we’ve put together a few handy hotel hacks, to make your stay an even more pleasant one.

1.) Reap the Rewards

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Kzenon / Shutterstock

An absolute must-do hotel hack is to sign up for their member, or rewards program—BEFORE—you arrive.
As soon as check-in see’s that you’re a valued member, your chances of room upgrades, quicker service, faster Wi-Fi (in some cases), and any other perks currently on the menu, increase. Usually, online sign up takes only a matter of minutes, and you’ll immediately start accruing points for future stays. Win-win!

 

2.) A TV Charge You’ll Actually Welcome

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Eviled / Shutterstock

Most of us carry multiple devices into our hotel room including smart phones, tablets, and laptops, and discover very quickly that we forgot to bring enough chargers to keep all of our essential little companions fully charged. Don’t panic—there will be no socket sharing for you! Instead of alternating chargers throughout your stay, take a quick peek behind, or to the side of the rooms TV, where you’ll discover a handy little USB port that will accommodate one of your devices. Who ever said television wasn’t good for you?

3.) Do Not Disturb

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Volkova Vera / Shutterstock

Noise is a common nuisance when staying in a hotel. Those pesky elevators that run up and down ALL night! The cleaning crew squeaking their supply trolleys past your door. Kids, and occasional adults, running and screaming in the corridors, not to mention those blaring TV’s and parties next door! If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, try earplugs. Simple yet effective. Additionally, request a room on the top floor (no footsteps above), and at the end of a corridor (halves the chances of noisy neighbors, and away from elevator shafts)! Some of the world’s quietest hotels offer soundproofing in rooms, so when you’re searching for where to stay near Tokyo train station, or any other potentially noisy spots, keep an eye, and an ear, out for this feature!

4.) Wake Up

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Dean Drobot / Shutterstock

When playing music on your smart phone, did you know that by placing it in a glass, will amplify the sound? Saves on packing those mini speakers!
If you can’t figure out how to set that designer alarm clock on your hotel bedside table, why not set your phone alarm then place it in a glass (preferably empty), next to your bed.

We’re sure even the deepest of sleepers will wake when this alarm goes off.

 

We hope you’ll put these tips to good use in your hotel room the next time you head off on business or vacation.

Do you have any travel tips that make your time away from home, more enjoyable? Let us know in the comments section below—we’d love to try them out!

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Brian Lees

Brian Lees

Brian Lees is a Content Writer and Editor with 21 years of experience in the travel industry and a lifetime of personal traveling memories. Originally from Scotland, Brian is a big fan of soccer, family, friends, and food. He's now happily settled on South Shore Long Island with a wife, 2 kids, and a dog to keep him busy! Between trips to Jones Beach, he's happy to keep the OneTravel blog filled with travel insights for you all.

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