If you travel for work, then there’s a good chance you’re going to treat at least a few hotel rooms like “home.”
Hotel rooms can be great, but if you’re using one for an extended period of time, then there are a few things you can do to make living in that hotel room feel a little more like home. Travel + Leisure detailed a few this week that are great, and as someone that travels a ton personally, I also have a few of my own that are worth giving a try.
Obviously, what makes you feel at home will vary from person to person, but here are some ideas to get you started:
This was a suggestion from T+L, but is something I do regularly already. Once you get into a hotel room you plan on staying in for a bit, unpack your bag and use the supplied dresser. You don’t live out of a suitcase at home, do you? Putting things in drawers can make the space feel a bit more home-like right out of the gate.
Buy Some Snacks
Inevitably you’re going to come back to this room tired and probably hungry. Do yourself a solid and swing buy a local grocery store or convenience store to buy some familiar snacks to have on hand when you do. If your hotel room happens to have a fridge or microwave then you obviously have more options here than others.
I’m personally a fan of grabbing a bag of grapes or other fruit when I arrive somewhere and a chip-like item to have on hand, also some bottled water and a Diet Coke or two. There’s nothing worse than coming back exhausted and hungry and not having what you want to snack on. This is an easy (and cheap compared to room service) way to set yourself up for success.
Ditch the Literature
Hotel rooms are cluttered now with tons of papers. Rather than look at brochures for the spa and room service all week, take those and the hotel magazines and shove them in a drawer for the week. You’ll feel a lot less like you’re in a hotel if you’re not looking at advertisements and travel magazines all week.
If you’re used to using something like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, throw a Dot or Home mini in your bag for your travels. Getting that morning news brief or being able to ask questions on the fly can make the hotel seem a lot more normal.
Pack the Chromecast
If you’re in the middle of binge-watching something at home, don’t let a hotel stay slow you down. Bring along your Chromecast or Fire TV stick so you can stream that movie or show on your hotel television while you’re out of town.
Check out Travel + Leisure’s post for more ideas and be sure to share your own hacks for making a hotel feel like home in the comments.