Traveling full time can be a blast, but it can also be a strange new lifestyle to adjust and work through. I spent about 5 months living full time in hotels, and I learned a ton. So, if you’re a business traveler who spends a ton of time in hotels, or you want to make the most out of your next hotel stay, here’s how to do it.
1. Start with the Right Luggage
This is KEY. I invested in some nice luggage when I went out on the road, because I knew it would need to last for a long time and be very durable.
I wrote a whole post about selecting the correct luggage, which you can read here: Deciding on the Perfect Luggage.
2. Be Comfortable-Take the Right Clothes
When you’re going on the road for several months, you have to make a lot of clothing choices. What can you take? What should you take? You never know what seasons you’ll be dealing with, and you want to be prepared. Here’s the short list of what I would deem a must-have for traveling.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time on airplanes, trains, busses, and wondering around a hotel. Starting with good socks that keep your feet dry and fresh after long travel days is super important. And they should be well-made enough that they keep your feet warm in the hotel.
I recommend Bombas socks. They’re warm, comfortable and hold up to the rigors of travel.
2. A Good Water Bottle
Not an item of clothing you say? Too bad! Keep it in your suitcase. You’ll be glad you did. When you run out of cups in your hotel and are too lazy to go to the desk and get more, you can always use your trusty water bottle. And when you’re traveling, you don’t have to pay $4 for airport bottled water-you can take your empty bottle through security and fill it up at a drinking fountain.
It’s insulated, and large enough to keep you hydrated on long plane rides.
3. A Comfortable Sweater
Even if you’re traveling to a warm location, a cozy sweater is a must-have. Airplanes tend to be cold, and hotels can be chilly too. Having a nice comfortable sweater to wear can make the plane ride and hotel visit so much easier.
If you’re feeling really fancy, or you want to buy me something for my birthday, check out this Calvin Klein sweater. It’s only as much as a cell phone payment.
4. Cozy Sweatpants
Need I say more? This goes with a comfortable sweater.
5. A tank top and athletic shorts.
When you’re in the mood to hit the gym, or beach, or it’s generally hot in your hotel room, this will be your go-to.
3. Use the Front Desk
They are there to help you! I’ve worked front desk at hotels before, and let me tell you, you should never feel bad about asking for extra towels, pillows, or toilet paper. That’s some of the easy requests they get.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask them about the best things to do in the area! They live there, so they’re practically experts. What restaurants and sights do they recommend?
4. Get Points and Stars
Most hotels have some sort of loyalty program, and they will often let you get points for your stay even if a company is paying for your hotel room.
Ask if you can sign up, and don’t forget to ask for the points at each stay; you can rack up some pretty cool stuff.
What are your tips for living in hotels? Anything on the must-haves list that I missed? Email me at hello(at)thebrandenscott(dot)com and let me know!