7 Things You Need to Check in Your Hotel Room
After a long day of travelling, all you want to do once you’ve entered your hotel room is to crash on the bed and maybe order some food. But before you do that, there are several things you need to do before you can properly relax, as your health and safety may depend on it.
Look for Bedbugs
Hotel rooms are one of the most common places to pick up bedbugs. Inspect your bedding, the mattress and pad, bed frame, couch and chairs for these pests. If you see consistent brown staining throughout these surfaces, as bedbugs leave it behind after processing their victim’s blood, then it’s time to go.
Disinfect Common Surfaces
Sometimes a cleanroom isn’t always as clean as you hope. Sure, hotel room cleaners will scrub down the bathroom or wash the bedsheets, but what about common places like doorknobs, light switches or the tv remote? For your own health and peace of mind, grab a disinfectant wipe or two and give the room a proper cleaning.
Inspect the Thermostat
Depending on where you’re staying, the temperatures could change drastically from the morning to the evening. In those cases, it’s important to make sure your climate controls are working properly so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night completely frozen or boiling hot. If you wait until an issue arises, you might not be able to switch rooms or find a maintenance worker to fix it.
Check the Alarm Clock
You never know who stayed in your room last. It could have been an early riser who wanted to see the sunrise or a person who needed to attend an early morning meeting and accidentally left their 4:00 AM alarm set for the next guest. To prevent yourself from being startled awake in the wee hours of the morning, check the room’s alarm clock. Fall asleep without worrying about being woken up by an unexpected noise.
Utilize the ‘Do Not Disturb’ Sign
The ‘do not disturb’ sign comes with every room, and for good reason. Hang it on your outer doorknob to prevent housekeeping or other service workers from disturbing you unexpectedly. Hang this sign as soon as you enter your room, and remove it whenever you want your room to be cleaned.
Study the Evacuation Plan
You never know when a fire or other emergency might occur when you’re staying in a hotel. It’s important to know exactly where the emergency exits are, in case the need arises. Familiarize yourself with these routes using the evacuation map that comes with every room.
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