Germ proofing your hotel room is more important now than ever. Follow these easy steps and your vacation will go from not full of of germs to full of fun.

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A germ free hotel room in Porto Portugal Image by reisetopia from Unsplash

You put the key in the lock and step into your home for the next few nights. Just like the guest before you did …. and the one before that guest. Cause you’re not staying in a hotel room exclusively for you. You’re also in a place that many others have stayed before. So before you settle in to your home away from home, make sure to take a few precautions to ensure a germ free vacation.

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Germ free pillowcases protect your face
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1. Bring Your Own Pillowcases Instead of Using the Ones in the Hotel Room

Using your own pillowcase instead of the hotel’s will ensure that your face is only touching your personal property and acts as a barrier to the pillow itself. It’s easily packable and will keep away those germy nightmares!

Find an assortment of pillowcases at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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A hotel room shower cap over the remote makes it germ free
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2. Put the Hotel Room Shower Cap Over the TV Remote

The TV remote is one of the most germ covered items in a hotel room. A handy trick is to take the complimentary shower cap from the bathroom and use it to cover up the remote.

3. Bring Your Own Toiletries

The hotel shampoos and lotions that come in your bathroom are usually refilled for each guest. That means the bottles are handled by multiple people. Pack your own instead.

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A do not disturb sign keeps hotel housekeeping away Image by Megan Markham from Unsplash

4. Consider Skipping the Hotel Housekeeping Service

The more people in your hotel room means the more germs that can enter. Place your “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door and have new towels or other needed supplies delivered. You can even buy your own at

5. Place hand Sanitizer Around the Hotel Room to Quickly Combat Germs

TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. 

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Take a few bottles of hand sanitizer with you and put them by the door, the sink, and other areas of your room. The TSA now allows one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags.

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Leave your shoes by your hotel room door Image by Arnel Hasanovic from Unsplash

6. Take Off Your Shoes at the Hotel Room Door

Anything you were walking on outside can easily be tracked into your hotel room on the bottom of your shoes. Remove your footwear outside the doorway and place them just inside to avoid tracking germs through the room.

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Move aside the hotel room comforter and throw pillows for a germ free bed
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7. Take the Hotel Room Comforter and Throw Pillows Off the Bed

Bedding items are typically for decor only , and hotels often times do not frequently clean them. Be sure to remove these before you sit on or place any items on the bed to keep you and your things germ free.