It’s been said time and again that there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep in your own bed. So when you travel, odds are you might find yourself uncomfortable or unable to sleep well for various reasons. The comforts of home are left behind, and you have to rely on the amenities of the hotel where you plan to stay. If you don’t come prepared, you could spend all night tossing and turning and becoming frustrated. But don’t fret — Muskogee Inn has put together a quick checklist of how to be comfortable at any hotel.
8 ways to be comfortable at any hotel
- Bring your own bed pillows. There are numerous studies out there about how having the right type of pillow for your sleeping style is essential for sleeping well. According to an article in the Telegraph UK, not only is the elevation and firmness of your head support important, but so is matching the right type of pillow to your sleeping style.
Some hotel pillows are flat while others are extra fluffy. Both styles might hinder your sleep if you aren’t used to sleeping on those kinds of pillows. So save yourself a night of insomnia and pack your bed pillows.
- Bring your own blankets. Same idea as with pillows — some hotel rooms might leave you shivering at night with inadequate blankets. You don’t have to bring the heaviest blanket from your house, but just having a throw cover will add warmth to your room and make you feel at home.
- Talk with hotel staff about specific accommodations. More often than not, guests will become irate and write bad reviews because something about the hotel room was not to their liking. But many of those people didn’t bother to ask the staff for extra pillows, towels, coffee, soap, etc. Had they just inquired about getting a ground level room, they might not have complained about a lack of elevators. Or maybe they should have asked to be on a floor with no children if the noise was bothersome. Simply asking nicely could have solved a minor problem. Don’t hesitate to engage with hotel workers. They want your stay to be comfortable, so let them help you.
- Request a new room if the bed is too soft or too firm. Don’t be afraid to ask the hotel staff for a different room if you get to yours and realize the bed is uncomfortable. Smaller mattresses often are firmer, so if you prefer firmness, ask for a full or queen room.
- Block out noise by using earplugs or requesting an end unit away from traffic. The most common pet peeve of many hotel stays is noise. Whether it be from too-thin walls or from road and hallway traffic, you can eliminate some or all of the commotion by having earplugs handy. Another way to enjoy the quiet is to get a room in the back at the end of a hallway. The corner units tend to create a small cocoon and you will only have one neighbor instead of two on either side.
- Stick to your bedtime routine. When you are traveling, it’s easy to get in the habit of not being in a habit. I mean, that’s the reason for a vacation, right? To not have to do every day things? However, when it comes to going to bed, routine is exactly what you need. If you usually read before bed, then bring a book. Tune in to that TV show or listen to your regular ambience music app on your phone. Whatever it is you normally do, do it. Your body will recognize the habit and sleep will come naturally.
- Be smart and read reviews. There’s nothing worse than finding a great room rate and then getting to the hotel to find things are not what you expected. You do a quick online search and see a plethora of bad reviews across multiple sites for your choice hotel. When you book online, take the time to read TripAdvisor, Yelp or other reputable reviewing sites to make sure you get the best hotel stay possible. Also consider that just because one person had a complaint doesn’t mean that’s the norm for that hotel. Call the hotel and inquire about your concerns before booking the room. Then you will know you made the right choice.
- Unpack your suitcase. Even if you are just staying for one night, putting your clothes away in the chest drawers or hanging them in the closet will make it feel like you are home. Everything has a place at your house, so why not in a hotel room? Put your toiletries on the bathroom counter instead of leaving them in your travel case. In might seem like extra work, but you will realize, even if unconscious about it, that you don’t feel like a guest, you feel at home.