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10 Hotel Hacks That Really Work
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Cheryl Knight
11.16.18

Unless you have friends or family with an extra room where you are going, staying in a hotel is an inevitable part of traveling. And, sometimes, hotels can be expensive, loud, and lacking the amenities you need during your stay.

Luckily, you can use these brilliant hotel hacks to improve your hotel stay and save money.

Noise and Light Blocker

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A major complaint from many hotel guests is the amount of light and noise that comes from the crack underneath their room door. Placing a rolled up towel in front of the bottom of your hotel room door helps to block some of the light and noise from outside. This can also keep out unwanted smells.

Phone Speaker

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This hack works great if you want to up the music volume from your playlist on your smartphone. Placing your smartphone in a glass cup or mug should amplify the sound. Another great idea is to place your phone in a mug beside your bed to make your alarm louder in the morning.

Room Humidifier

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A wet towel and the air conditioner are an easy way to put a little moisture into the dry air of a hotel room. For this hack, wet the towel with warm water. Then, place the towel in front of the air conditioner. The air conditioner will cool the moisture on the towel, transferring it to the air in the room.

Ironing Board Table

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In many hotel rooms, eating surfaces are at a minimum. If you find that you need some more space to eat meals, pull out the ironing board if your room has one. This flat surface is perfect for eating on, just make sure to lay down a towel so it doesn’t get food on it.

Steam Clean Your Clothes

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If you have wrinkled clothing and are in a hurry, then use this simple hack. Turn the shower on in the bathroom, and get the water nice and hot. Hang your clothes from the curtain rod, and let the steam from the hot water do the rest.

The Versatility of Boiling Water

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Many hotel rooms contain coffee pots, which is great. A coffee pot allows you to boil water, which opens up a whole world of easy-to-prepare meals from the comfort of your room. Some ideas include instant oatmeal, Ramen, and a variety of other food products that require nothing more than some hot water.

Get Free Streaming on Your Hotel TV

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If you seek entertainment, then this solution might work for you. If your hotel room has Wi-Fi and the TV in your room has an HDMI input, then you can stream on the TV using a Google Chromecast device. This works especially well for entertaining the kids when you get back to the hotel after a long day sightseeing.

Ask for Dishes

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If you need dishes to eat on, simply call the front desk and ask them if they have any. Many hotels offer dishes for their guests to use, and they are usually free. This is great if you need something to place messy food on, such as pizza.

Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean

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Even though you would hope it is not the case, cheaper hotels are probably not the cleanest. An easy way to keep your toothbrush up off the sink is by using a clothespin. Place the clothespin just underneath the head of the brush, and use it to prop up your toothbrush when you are not using it.

Uses for a Blacklight

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If clean sheets are a must for your stay, which should probably be the case 100% of the time, then you should carry a blacklight. You can discover just how clean your sheets are by closing the curtains, turning off the lights, and turning on the blacklight. Just be prepared to be grossed out!

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By Cheryl Knight
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Cheryl Knight is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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