Today’s tip builds on one of our most popular reader tips ever. As the SF Chronicle writes, people forget chargers for their devices all the time when they travel, so you’re not alone if you’ve done it yourself:
“By far, the most common items left behind in hotels are phone and electronics chargers,” says the Chronicle. “With 1,921 guest rooms and an additional 1,000 rooms at its Park 55 property, the Hilton Union Square alone collects about 250 chargers a month. The Fairmont San Francisco and the Palace in San Francisco also collect hundreds of chargers every month, which are held for a period of time before they are disposed of.”
More important than the fact that this happens all the time is what it means for you the next time you leave your own phone, tablet or laptop charger at home. Because so many people leave chargers in hotel rooms, many hotels have a surplus of extra chargers that you can use while you’re away (and sometimes take home). All you need to do is ask the hotel. As the community projects manager for the Hilton San Francisco Union Square says in the story, “I always tell people who have left their chargers at home to go to the concierge and ask for one.”
It can’t hurt to ask.
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