Tips on living in a hotel

Living in a hotel seems to be a big topic for the blog because it’s unusual so I’ll go over a couple of things I do to keep everything organized.

You can also use some of the tips outlined below if you are traveling for business or pleasure, for any length of time.

ALMOST EVERY HOTEL HAS A LAUNDRY ROOM

In the basement, usually. They have it and you can use it to keep your kids’ (or your) clothes clean during the week, so that you can bring LESS when you travel, but wash more often.

It usually costs about $1 – $2, or sometime it’s free if it’s an apartment hotel. You have to bring your own laundry detergent, but I don’t use any laundry detergent and my clothes turn out just fine.

COLLECTING MAIL AND GETTING PACKAGES

If you are staying for 2 weeks or more, make sure you give your name at the front desk (if it isn’t already on the reservation), because you can receive emergency credit card replacements or even packages at the hotel.

I always say 2 weeks or more, because that’s how long it takes to get a package.

NEVER USE THE DRAWERS PROVIDED

I sometimes hang up my clothes in the closet, but I NEVER put things in the drawers. I know it’s tempting to want to unpack everything and make it feel like home by putting stuff in drawers, but this is a big fat mistake. You end up forgetting and losing a lot more things if you aren’t careful.

If you absolutely MUST use a drawer, then only use ONE dresser (not the 2-3 provided all over the place), and stick to using only the top drawer consistently so you don’t forget anything.

NEVER LEAVE ANYTHING PLUGGED IN

The minute I finish charging something, I remove the plug and put it back in my suitcase or on the table where I can see it. Plugs and chargers are easily lost when you don’t see them staring at you in the face. What’s worse, is that they’re usually black, so in the shadows (like underneath a table), they are almost invisible to spot before you leave.

I have never lost a plug or a charger as a result.

KEEP A LIST OF WHAT YOU’VE BROUGHT

This is probably my super neat freak organizational side, but when I travel, I always make a list of what I’ve brought, from clothing right down to my toothbrush charger.

Before I leave, I lay out everything I checked off on the bed and go through to make sure I’ve packed everything.

I do this on my iPod Touch, but you can certainly grab a piece of paper, make a list on it, then laminate it to use with a dry erase marker if you always pack the same things when you travel or go on business.

That way, you can reuse the list multiple times.

MAKE A SMALL SUITCASE OF YOUR ESSENTIALS

I never check anything in because I’m afraid of losing it, but if you are the type that absolutely has to bring a huge suitcase, you should make sure you have your basic essentials packed in your carry-on or purse.

That way, you’ll at least have a change of underwear and your basic toiletries with you, rather than having to shell out $50 to replace everything in the interim.

I put the following in my carry-on as my basics:

All liquids and gels are kept in 100mL bottles or less:

  • Wallet
  • iPod Touch and Charger
  • Pen and Pad of paper
  • Toothbrush & Charger (I use the Oral-B electric toothbrush)
  • Toothpaste
  • Extra Contacts
  • Contact Lens Case
  • Contact Lens Solution
  • Face Wash (Korres White Tea Fluid Gel)
  • Face Moisturizer (Argan Oil)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner Dr. Bronners Castile Soup)
  • Change of Underwear
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand moisturizer
  • Small pouch of basic makeup (foundation powder, eyeliner, blush, mascara and concealer)

Wherever I go, I am prepared to stay clean and able to survive in my change of clothes in the interim.

KEEP A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER AND SOAP OUT IN THE LAST WEEK

This is for long-term hotel dwellers such as myself. I always keep a roll of toilet paper and a small bar of soap out after I have packed absolutely everything beforehand. As we LIVE in the hotels, we do buy toilet paper and so on. I notice that once everything is packed, I always forget about the basics in the bathroom 😛

BRING A SMALL POUCH OF FOOD

Anything dry and easy to eat such as biscotti is a great travel food. I always bring extra food as a snack because you just never know when your plane will be delayed, if they’re too slow on board and whatever you can imagine.

It’s a great snack while you wait so you don’t have to rush to the airport restaurants and try to force down swill or end up paying a fortune for something decent and fresh.

That’s about it for my quick tips 🙂

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.