Do you find yourself in a fix – while travelling – more often than not? Skyscanner gets a list of hotel room hacks that should help you beat the system! Read on.
1. Only one key card in a hotel?
This could pose some serious problems – like one person needing to use the electricity while the other one is out.
Hotel ro om hack tip – use your credit card instead! It also works if you are the kind who wants to leave the air conditioning on while you are out of the room.
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2. No time to call housekeeping to get your shoes shined?
Or let’s be honest – you’re stingy!
Hotel room hack tip – Dab some of that complimentary body lotion on to your shoes and give them a rub.
3. Forgot to carry your phone charger?
Normally, you should ask the front desk, they usually have a box full of chargers that previous travellers have left behind.
Hotel room hack tip – Plug your phone into the USB port of the TV.
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4. Shaving emergency and no shaving foam?
That endless supply of bottles on the shelf must come to the rescue!
Hotel room hack tip – Lather up that hair conditioner instead.
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5. Stinky laundry?
End of an action packed holiday and you’re left with a bunch of unlaundered smelly clothes. Get home without stinking up your suitcase.
Hotel room hack tip – Grab some of those scented soaps and toss them in your unwashed pile of clothes in the suitcase. Rest assured, you won’t keel over when you open it at home.
6. Run out of clean socks?
We all tend to pack short sometimes, and get into last day trouble with the wardrobe.
Hotel room hack tip – Get a pair ready by giving it a scrub in the basin and drying it out with the hair dryer; just pull it over the mouth of the dryer like you would do to a balloon.
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7. Midnight hunger pangs?
No room service at night coupled with a growling tummy can be a drag.
Hotel room hack tip – Boil water in the electric kettle and add to it your midnight craving – oats or instant noodles. You can even boil a couple of eggs!
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8. Got left over room service?
Yummy food you may may want to use later?
Hotel room hack tip – Keep it fresh till that late night movie with a shower cap over the plate, lamination style.
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9. Hoping to get free Wi-Fi?
A little discount never hurts anyone.
Hotel room hack tip – Try your luck at check out instead of at check in. It is way easier to get something waived from your bill at that time.
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10. Special request?
Calling the front desk with a special request, or hoping for a freebie of some sort works best only at a certain time.
Hotel room hack tip – Never call between 9 AM and 1PM. Chances are that there will be a long line of guests waiting to check in or out and the guy at the front desk just wants you off the phone.
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11. Need your ‘good jeans’ in wearable shape in the morning?
We don’t believe in laundering our denims.
Hotel room hack tip – Zip lock them and place the bag in the freezer. Except for stains, your denims will be as good as new!
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12. Considering cancelling a reservation but want to skip paying cancellation?
Trick the system – be a true hack.
Hotel room hack tip – Call the hotel and push your reservation a few weeks ahead. Now have a new person call and cancel THIS booking. Most hotels should oblige without much of a fuss.
13. Looking at a free upgrade?
Nothing like a personal touch.
Hotel room hack tip – ASK. But remember to ask personally at the front desk; not over the phone; when there are no other guests within earshot. And wear that smile as you go on about being ‘on your honeymoon’.
14. Germophobe travelling?
Watch out for this if you are queasy about hygeine.
Hotel room hack tip – Ask for clean linens when you check in. Though sheets are washed daily, blankets see the inside of a washing machine around once a week and comforters / bedspreads maybe once a month, unless there are visible stains. So remember to always place a sheet between your body and whatever the next layer is going to be.
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