reader-travel-tip2How to Make a Hotel Room Feel More Like Home
Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Valencia G. of Chicago, who says:

“Anytime I stay away from home I always take my own bedding plus a light blanket. I’m aware that hotels don’t clean the bedspreads between visitors so I take my own bedding.

I have had some bad experiences where the sheets had questionable stains. I now pack a sheet or two, my own pillowcases and a light blanket. Once I arrive in the room I put the hotel’s blanket in the closet and I use my bedding for the duration of my stay. It feels like home when I’m sleeping under my own bedding.”

Thanks, Valencia!



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5 Comments On "Reader Travel Tip of the Day: How to Make a Hotel Room Feel More Like Home"
  1. Benesse|

    That might work if you are driving. But for all the rest who fly, that’s not realistic especially given the fees of checked luggage. What I do is immediately remove the bedspread and shams upon arrival. I ask (and tip generously) for extra bath towels which I use to spread on any seating surfaces. So far haven’t had the experience of finding stained sheets anywhere I stayed.

  2. William Chinn|

    Stains? Call housekeeping or the front desk immediately!

    A complete set of linen? Don’t have the luggage space. Best to carry just a zippered pillow cover. Make sure it is an odd color so housekeeping doesn’t try to change it. Fold down the bed spread etc. and make due with a warmer room and a top sheet if you have any concerns.

  3. Mary Gallagher|

    Wow, we spend about half the year in hotel rooms not necessarily all high end and I carry no linens or pillows or bug spray. Electronics are enough to babysit.
    Certainly you couldn’t drag that around the subways and trains on European travel. Although my cousin used to fly everywhere with two big pillows, the difference was they flew first class and didn’t worry about extra luggage costs. Once I tried one of those silk sleeping bag sheets sent for me to review and it was light but too claustrophobic for me to sleep in. It’s kind of like a lot of life a wing and a prayer!

  4. Ahmed Gusto|

    The idea is not bad, but the purpose of going holiday is taking a break from work and household chaos, and be with a different environment. if you are not satisfied with the service, let them know to solve it. it’s not always easy to carry bedsheet, blanket or food and drinks,

  5. MagnoliaSouth|

    Taking ones own bedding is paranoia at its finest. This isn’t about making a room feel more like home, it’s about germophobia. A true sickness.

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