How to Make Any Hotel Room Feel More Like Home

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a family vacation with the kids, your hotel room will serve as your home base for all of the memories you’re sure to create along the way. But for many people, returning “home” to unfamiliar lodging accommodations after a long day on the beach or exploring the city can feel less than restful.

If you’re the type of person who likes to feel right at home wherever you go, here are a few tips and tricks that can turn all types of hotels into a welcoming and familiar territory from the start.

  1. Unpack.

    When you first enter your hotel room, do you start putting away your clothes in the closets and drawers, or do you simply live out of your suitcase for the week? Putting things in their place will immediately give you a sense of home — and it will also help cut down on the clutter that will inevitably accumulate during the length of your stay.

  2. Bring Your Own Toiletries.

    If you’re traveling by air, bringing along travel-size bottles of your favorite soap, shampoo, lotion, or other products you use will help you feel like your regular self every morning when you wake up. The power of a familiar scent can help you feel relaxed and calm.

  3. Play Music.

    Does your hotel room feel a little stale? Get things moving with your favorite music to pump you up in the morning, or a romantic serenade to wind down at night. Many hotels now include iPod docks among the in-room amenities, but a portable speaker that uses Bluetooth to connect to your laptop or phone works well, too.

  4. Dine In.

    Going out to eat in different restaurants is one of the best parts of vacation, but ordering take-out to eat in your room together can be just as fun. Whether it’s pizza or a family-style buffet, a meal shared away from the crowds is a great time for reflection. If you really like to cook, think about booking a hotel suite with a kitchenette to add your own flavor.

The hotel industry is worth $550 billion, which means that every room is going to be different, but you can make any room feel like your home away from home with a few simple touches. The only downside? You may never want to leave!

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