A business traveller spends countless nights across different hotels rooms, across multiple different times zones. When they wake up in the morning it is usually laying in a slightly uncomfortable hotel bed in a fairly dingy hotel room to a disappointing hotel coffee.
Those who often travel for business will be all too familiar with this routine and will certainly have become accustomed to flipping from one hotel to another. However, the savviest of business travellers also know exactly how to get the most out of their hotel experience. They know how to choose the best hotel for the price, how to get upgraded to a better room and how to utilise the hotel facilities in the most efficient way possible. Here are the top 10 best hotel hacks that business travellers use to improve their stay.
The Best Hotel Hacks of All Time
1. Iron out those creases
No iron, no problem! If you’re going out for a nice meal and want to dress up a little then there is nothing worse than taking your crumpled up shirt or dress out of your suitcase only to remember that you don’t have an iron. Well, there is no need to worry – to get rid of those creases, simply hang them up in the hotel bathroom while take a long, hot and steamy shower. Those unavoidable suitcase creases will drop out in no time.
2. Power up
We’ve all made that classic travel error of forgetting an adaptor plug for your iPhone charger. Whether you’re on a business trip or travelling for leisure, staying powered up is crucial. So, instead o f having to trudge down the hotel reception to ask to borrow an adapter plug, you could be really inventive and use the USB port in the back of the TV to charge all your devices.
3. Do not disturb
A great hotel hack to ensure you stay safe while travelling is to hang your ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door. This gives the impression that you’re still in the hotel room so that people are less likely to go in. This is especially useful when staying in an inner city hotel where the risk of burglars is a little higher.
4. Utilise the shower cap
The trusty shower cap is perhaps the most underestimated of all the hotel bathroom items, available to be used for a whole range of hotel hacks. One way you can utilise your shower cap (other than in the shower) is to keep your clothes clean by placing your dirty shoes in the cap before packing. Or, you could wrap your shower cap around the hotel TV remote to avoid any germs that might be sitting on it. You can easily see the remote control buttons through the transparent plastic.
5. Make use of those sugar sachets
If you’re anything like me, when travelling, you end up requiring a whole other bag just for your toiletries. Or, you manage to squeeze them all into your main luggage only to find that they have all leaked onto your clothes while travelling. If this sounds like you, then this hotel hack will change your life.
When you get to the hotel, all you have to do is stop off at the kitchenette and pick up some sugar sachets. Once you get back to your hotel room, mix the sugar crystals with the facial cleanse that is usually provided by the hotel. Wallah! You have yourself a homemade exfoliator. This is definitely one to add to your list of hotel tips, tricks and hacks.
6. Cancel out the noise
When staying in a hotel, it is often the case that your neighbours aren’t quite as quiet as you might have hoped. This can be super annoying if you’re trying to get to sleep or even just watch the TV. You could complain to the hotel reception and get moved to a different hotel room. But this isn’t always possible. However, there is no need to worry with this handy hotel hack. Instead of just trying to cope with the noise, you can simply roll up one of the hotel towels and wedge it under the hotel room door to block out the noise.
7. Order in
Most hotel rooms don’t have the required amenities to cook up your own meal when you get hungry. As a result, business travellers and other hotel-stayers are often forced into paying excessive amounts for room service. However, this hotel hack offers a superb solution to this issue. Just like at home, you can easily order food for delivery to your hotel from a nearby restaurant of your choice, especially if you’re staying in a major city.
8. Cook for yourself
Another alternative to room service is cooking for yourself. Even if your hotel room doesn’t have the range of amenities needed to cook a decent meal, you can easily hack the few that you do have. At its most basic, you can use the kettle to boil up some water for a cup of instant noodles or even to boil some pasta. Or, you could take advantage of some portable appliances and make some proper, high-quality meals in your hotel room.
9. Watch what you want
Often when you travel to another country, the television doesn’t have channels in your native language. This can be really annoying as it takes precious leisure time away when relaxing on vacation of making the most of some down time on a business trip. However, there is no need to pay a fortune for on-demand videos with this hotel hack. All you need to do is hook up your laptop. From there, you can easily watch Netflix or any of your other favourite streaming shows on the TV. Just make sure you remember to bring a HDMI cable so you can connect everything up.
10. Store your toothbrush
Most hotel rooms don’t even have a cup for you to put your toothbrush in. This can be really annoying if you have to rest it on the sink, especially when you don’t know how clean the hotel room is. With this hotel hack, you don’t have to worry. All you need to do is take a paper cup from next to one of the water machines, cut a hole in the middle and put your toothbrush in. Now, you don’t have to worry about your toothbrush bristles touching a germ surface before you put it in your mouth.