15 Life Hacks for Those Who Often Stay in Hotels
Traveling is one of the world’s greatest pleasures. But sometimes it can be quite hard to get the level of comfort you’re seeking on a tight budget. There are some tricks you can use to save a bit here and there. Did you know that you can use hair conditioner to remove your makeup? You can also charge your phone with the help of a TV!
Bright Side has collected some cheap, simple, and really helpful life hacks for travelers all around the globe. Take the comfort with you wherever you go!
1. Boil an egg in a kettle.
If a breakfast in a restaurant or a hotel service seems too expensive and you’re tired of crackers, then there’s a simple solution. You can go to the nearest grocery store, buy some eggs, and boil them in a kettle. All you need to do is to follow these simple instructions. If you don’t have a kettle in your hotel room, you can call room service and ask if they can bring one up.
2. Use an iron to make toast.
If eggs aren’t enough or you don’t like them, you can make a hot cheese sandwich. You’ll need an iron and some foil. Just wrap the sandwich in the foil and iron both sides for about 30 seconds. Mmm, yummy!
3. Close the drapes with the help of hangers.
If you have trouble sleeping when there’s light coming in from the windows, you can use a hanger or some clothespins to secure the drapes so that the light can’t wake you up. Now you can have a good night’s rest!
4. Create speakers out of cups.
If you’re one of those people who can never hear their alarm in the morning or simply enjoys listening to loud music, this one is for you. A glass or ceramic cup will make the sound deeper and louder. It may actually save you if you need to wake up at 7:00 AM for a business meeting. Just make sure to turn it off before it wakes up your neighbors!
5. Steam your clothes in the bathroom.
Not all hotel rooms will have an iron, but wearing wrinkled clothes isn’t always an option, either. If you hang an article of clothing in the bathroom before taking a hot shower or a hot bath, the steam will do the job just fine.
6. Wash your clothes in the sink.
Yes, a laundry service isn’t a cheap thing, and if you stay in a hotel for a long time, you simply don’t have a choice — your clothes demand a good old wash! If you’re not ready to pay for it, you can use a sink. Yet don’t forget to take a piece of plastic bag and a large coin to make your own water stopper.
If you need to wash your clothes, you can do this in the bathroom sink. Just don’t forget to take a piece of a plastic bag and a large coin to make your own stopper.
7. Remove makeup with hair conditioner.
Ladies, here’s a life savior for you! If you suddenly run out of makeup remover while on a trip, or if you simply forget to pack it, check the bathroom for hair conditioner. It’ll remove your makeup instantly.
8. Use the TV to charge your phone.
One of the greatest “vacation” nightmares is forgetting or losing your phone charger. If this happens to you or if your plug doesn’t fit the local sockets, don’t worry! If you have a TV in your room, it’ll most likely have a USB port that you can use to plug in the cord and charge your phone.
9. Protect your toothbrush from germs with a clothespin.
Shelves can be dirty or dusty and that’s not usually the environment you want to keep your toothbrush in. If you don’t want to risk your health, attach a clothespin to your brush to keep it away from the surface.
10. Cover your food with a shower cap.
If you have a fridge in your room, wrap your food in a shower cap before putting it there to make sure it’ll stay fresh. This hack may also help protect your meal from flies and other insects.
11. Search for Wi-Fi passwords on Foursquare.
If you don’t have access to the hotel’s Wi-Fi, you can try searching for it on Foursquare. Chances are that someone’s already shared it!
12. Scrub your body with sugar.
Ladies know that skin care may be difficult if you’re not at home with all of your magic bottles. If you desperately need a body scrub, reach for sugar. It works like a charm!
13. Steam veggies in a coffee maker.
You’re hungry, but got tired of the eggs and sandwiches? Oh, you don’t like them? Try to cook something healthier. If you have a coffee maker there, you can use it to steam veggies...or even something more complicated.
14. Get rid of smells with dryer sheets.
Of course, this problem is a rare thing in 5-star hotels, but if you went for a cheaper version, this hack is for you. To get rid of any unpleasant odors you may face, take fresh dryer sheets. Simply put them on a radiator or attach them to the air conditioner or a fan. Now your room will smell like paradise!
15. Use a wet towel as an air conditioner.
Staying at hotels in hot seasons with no (or broken) air conditioning is torture. If you have a window in the room, open it. Now go to the bathroom, wet a towel, and put it on the windowsill. The water will evaporate and will cool the air in your room.
Hey, all the experienced travelers out there! Do you have any other hacks to share? Don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below.