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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MyDoorSign.com.
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.
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.
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.