One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to staying in a hotel is having oblivious neighbors who not only talk loudly in the hallways but who let their room door slam behind them. It’s not that difficult to shut it gently, especially from the inside, but it can be a challenge when leaving.

So if you’ve ever want to be courteous or sneak out of your hotel room so you don’t disturb your sleeping wife and kids, then here’s my simple trick.

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When exiting your hotel room, close the door as far as you can before it clicks (this way you block the hallway light and any hallway noises). Then, take your room key and unlock your door by tapping the keycard against the magnetic lock. Once it unlocks, you can turn the door handle so the lock won’t make that crazy loud and disturbing clicking nose that every hotel room door seems to make. And that’s it.

If you’re a visual learner like me, then here’s a 22-second video I shot early one morning while sneaking out in Hawaii to go get acai bowls for my family when they woke up. RELATED: Here are the 5 best places to get acai bowls in Honolulu.

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