Five things you should do as soon as you get inside your hotel room

Before you unpack your bags, there five things you should do in your hotel room.

hand opening a hotel room door

You’ve flown halfway across the world, taken a taxi from one side of the city to the other and, after a brief battle of wills with your hotel receptionist, you’ve finally made it to your hotel door. The swipe card actually works and you’re in your room, but wait!!

Before you unpack your bags, kick off your shoes and throw yourself onto that plush-looking bed, there are five things you should do first …

1. Check for bed bugs
These nasty, little creepy crawlies may be occupying your room, so before you unpack your bags and give them free transport back to your house, check for bed bugs. Without going into too much detail (because you can read all about that here), put your bags in the bathroom, pull back your bed covers (to the mattress) and look for little black or dark red spots. Then check all the furniture, curtains and behind any framed artwork. If you see these signs, run down to reception and request a room change.

2. Remove the bedspread
This is one I only learned recently and I’m happy to share it with you. Hotel staff have no probs washing pillow cases and sheets, after all, they’re easy to remove and take little effort to put back on again. But that bedspread and doona cover – forget about it! Quite often, staff are asked to ‘eyeball’ the bedding before removing it. If it looks clean, it doesn’t get washed. And if the bedding is multi-coloured, the more likely it’ll be dirty. It’s the norm for many hotels to only wash bedspreads and doona covers about four times a year. Gross, I know. Better off asking for more clean sheets, unless of course, you’re in one of those pricey pensiones.

3. Clean common surfaces
Pull out those antiseptic wipes you (hopefully) brought along with you and give your light switches, phones, lamps, remote controls and doorknobs a quick wipe. Your room may look clean when you arrive, but this will ensure you don’t fall afoul of the flu on your four-day weekend.

4. Check the alarm clock
This one I’ve learned the hard way. Imagine (unless of course this has happened to you), falling asleep on your first night on holiday to be rudely and abruptly awoken at 6am in the morning by some obnoxious klaxon. Hmmm … So, take my advice, reset the alarm clock or, better still, pull it out of the wall altogether.

5. Let ‘em know you’re in
It happens all the time. You unpack your bags and halfway through slipping into something more comfortable, the door opens and a hotel staff member sees you in your unmentionables – or less. So, let ‘em know you’re in by popping the ‘do not disturb’ sign on your door.

The room is now officially yours to do with as you will, so unpack, slip into your comfy clothes, relax and enjoy!

Do you have any pre-unpacking hotel room tips for our members? Why not share them?

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    Rae
    26th Jun 2017
    11:05am
    Check the plumbing and water delivery. And that the air conditioning is working.
    LeonYLC
    26th Jun 2017
    1:57pm
    great point – check that the thermostat works! And that the AC doesn't make a ridiculous amount of noise.
    SuziJ
    26th Jun 2017
    11:20am
    Add the bathroom to your sanitising wipe-down. There are some very nasty bugs that can be still lurking in the bathroom, even if the room has just been cleaned.
    LeonYLC
    26th Jun 2017
    1:58pm
    Another good point – as is PlanB's below re: cups. Also empty out the kettle and refill with fresh water
    PlanB
    26th Jun 2017
    1:45pm
    Always wear thongs in the bathroom and also thongs OR slippers in the room as some very nasty things on the floors in Motels -- Oh and don't forget to re-wash the cups etc too in fact by the time you clean all the surfaces and inspect the bed etc -- hardly worth staying in them these days, get yourself a caravan.
    LeonYLC
    26th Jun 2017
    1:57pm
    Unless you're in the US, then you should wear flip-flops! (sorry, couldn't resist!)
    Triss
    21st Jul 2017
    11:47am
    I agree, PlanB, even if I'm gasping for a cuppa I wash crockery and cutlery first, and don't forget the handle on the kettle. Yes, I know, OTT, but the kettle gets a lot of handling from a lot of people and that's one area that can stay uncleaned for months\ever.
    Rosret
    26th Jun 2017
    7:05pm
    OMG - where are you guys staying!
    After reading your article I am itching all over!
    Pay for a decent room and the house keeping is impeccable.
    Ella
    27th Jun 2017
    2:38am
    Agreed. Stay in decent hotels......have never had a problem in all my travels apart from needing extra pillows or workable air-conditioning. Even then we just crank open a window, even in cold European countries. There is too much germ paranoia going on. As long as you clean hands before eating all is usually well. Oh and check if the water is drinkable.
    PlanB
    27th Jun 2017
    7:58am
    I have and always stayed in 4 stars, on the odd occasion 5 -- things MAY look wonderful but ask yourself will they clean carpets etc every time? NO, they do not -- do they have new pillows every time NO -- also the doonas and covers -- NO, and do you know who had what -- those b4 you had, flu/cold/?? NO and you also do not know how well the floors in the bathroom were treated after the last lot of people or were they just dried off?
    The people that clean these places get very little time to do a perfect job.
    Johnny
    27th Jun 2017
    8:22am
    I have NEVER needed to do all this. This article is for flea freaks and virus nerds. Goodness me!
    No mention of checking the fire/evacuation plans! Thought that would be a no brainer first. I try to read these but my mapping skills are non-existent.
    PlanB
    27th Jun 2017
    8:32am
    When you -- or a family member has a health condition you have to be very aware of such things that I mentioned.

    The bed bug thing got a lot worse during the Sydney Olympics
    Triss
    21st Jul 2017
    11:53am
    I worked in an upmarket hotel on one of my holiday jobs, Rosret and Johnny, believe me you do not want to know what goes on, I swear I could write a book.
    PlanB
    21st Jul 2017
    2:57pm
    Triss I would love to hear your stories re motels
    baza18
    21st Aug 2017
    4:25pm
    If the A/C does not work too well try checking the filter as no one ever seems to clean them
    baza18
    21st Aug 2017
    4:25pm
    If the A/C does not work too well try checking the filter as no one ever seems to clean them


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