When they’re good, hotels can be the perfect place to relax during a hectic or stressful trip. When they’re bad they can be a literal nightmare. But even the best hotels have small annoyances that can get under your skin. (And we’re not talking about bed bugs.) Things like a lack of outlets or window curtains that never completely close can be irritating…unless you have a trick or two up your sleeve and when Twitter user Rick Klau recently shared a travel trick, hundreds of others chimed in with handy hotel hacks of their own.
So to prepare you for the petty annoyances you’re likely to encounter when traveling here are some of the smartest hotel hacks people have discovered.
1. The Curtain Closer
I don't remember who posted this on Twitter a few years ago, but whoever you are: you have improved every night I've spent in a hotel since. pic.twitter.com/NpuuumqHV8
— Rick Klau (@rklau) October 4, 2019
2. The Big Chill
And put the chair back in front of the A/C to stop it blowing directly on you.
— Joe C 🇺🇸 (@_j_o_e) October 4, 2019
3. The Power Splitter
I always travel with a power splitter so I never have to chose between unplugging the lamp or the clock. pic.twitter.com/LV3GDUMu7Z
— Sanho Tree (@SanhoTree) October 4, 2019
4. “About 2 minutes after realizing there was no bottle opener in my hotel room I discovered this gem and it works like a charm.”
5. The Signal Booster
I always bring a 10′ LAN cable and plug my laptop directly into the wireless router.
— MapleOne (@IndignantBacon) October 4, 2019
6. The Freebie
7. The Hamper
Use the dry cleaning bag in the closet as a dirty clothes bag to make packing it up and keeping it separated easier!
— Mercedes Lynn (@ohmercy_me) October 4, 2019
8. The Germ Barrier
In hotels, use your ice bucket bag as a TV remote germ shield #BestLifeHacks pic.twitter.com/d2i1IbyTWV
— 🅲🅷🅸🅿 🅱🆁🅾🆆🅽 (@ChipBrown) March 8, 2017
9. The Upgrade
10. The Thermohacker
Overriding the hotel thermostat is my go-to hotel hack.
I also put duct tape over the motion sensor so I can be comfortable at night. https://t.co/IxHyQQFkBy pic.twitter.com/0nKdvBWHS1
— Jillian Hurley (@BeautyBind) October 4, 2019
11. The Toothbrush Tower
12. The Power Move
So this leads to my own travelling lifehack: pack a multiple outlet surge protector, preferably with a long cable. Never run out of outlets again.
— Ocho (@BigMikeyOcho) October 4, 2019
13. The Power User
And if they don’t have enough outlets, use the USB port of the hotel room tv.
— Michael Heide is standing right behind you. Boo. (@MichaelHeide) October 4, 2019
14. The Good Samaritan
15. The Techie
HOTEL HACK: borrow a tv from work 🙂 pic.twitter.com/zu1Mv2b7R8
— abby russell (@ybbaaabby) November 29, 2017