Over one thousand hotel stays and I’ve just realized something — I am very predicable in my hotel routine. I bet you are too!
Enter hotel room … lug the bag onto the bed… unzip… call husband so I can multi-task … grab hangars from the closet… hang blouses with their respective jackets or sweaters… hang slacks and skirts… leave non-hangables in my suitcase… place shoes on closet floor… turn up temperature… lay towel on bathroom sink… remove toiletries from TSA-friendly bag and lay out on towel… stand toothbrush in glass near bathroom sink… place laptop on desk… plug in iPhone and Bluetooth headset… make cup of coffee… continue talking with husband.
That’s my typical routine when I check into a hotel. I may move up the ‘turn up temperature’ to the first item in the list if the room is freezing cold, but otherwise that’s my standard can-do-it-in-my-sleep routine.
Do you also follow the same old steps from the minute you dump your bags in a hotel room? (Where do you dump your bags, by the way? Just inside the door, on the bed?)
The TV goes on, closets and showers get checked out to make sure no one is hiding, bathroom amenities analyzed, the bed covers are pulled down – many ways that we make our temporary hotel room feel more comfortable. There are unpackers who want everything in drawers on and hangers immediately vs. others who unpack what they need only when they need it and are ok ironing.
When you’re on your laptop, do you sit at the desk or prop yourself up on lots of pillows in bed? I love working from a comfy bed, but I also like to use a mouse with my laptop so I usually end up sitting at the desk.
Do you leave the TV on to help you get to sleep at night or enjoy the silence? Do you leave a light on in the bathroom or keep the room dark? Ask for a wakeup call or use your own alarm?
The question I’ve wondered about so many times is what do you do with the pillow shams, pillow roll and extra pillows? Do you throw them on the floor (yuck!) or stack them on the unused side of the bed? I toss them into a chair if there is one, otherwise they go on the opposite side of the bed (though if my husband is traveling with me, he wouldn’t appreciate the pillows on top of his head!).
And what side of the bed do you sleep on? The same side as at home or do you jump to the other side and dare to be different?
As you can see, there are as many unique routines as there are hotel-stayers.
If you think you have routines for when you arrive into your hotel, just think about your routines when getting ready to leave your room! That’s a discussion for another day.
Just for fun, next time you’re out with a fellow traveler, compare your hotel routines. It would make for an interesting discussion of “Why do you do that?” (such as a female pilot’s initial task of putting tissue in the peephole to block anyone from looking in).
I know I’m not the only with a hotel regimen! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.