Unless you travel for a living, it is likely that you feel more at home in your home than on the road. You’re not alone; studies show that people have trouble falling asleep in new places. Try these tips to ease your mind during your next trip away from home.
Mementos from Home
Before you begin to settle in, make your temporary place feel like your own. Pack a family picture, a light throw, or a pillow from your home to bring familiar touches into the room. Like a child’s security blanket, these items can instantly make you feel relaxed as you spend a few nights away.
Some may think eye masks are for divas. Think again. If you are a troubled sleeper, covering your eyes can ensure the necessary darkness to maintain a deeper slumber. If there is a light under your door from the hallway, place a towel in the crack to create a completely blacked out space. Be sure to draw the curtains as well. If you are worried about oversleeping, ask the front desk to arrange a wake-up call. It is one of the best perks of staying in hotels!
We all love to hoard beauty products while traveling. These small containers come in handy when carrying only hand luggage. If you are able to check bags, however, consider packing your favorite body washes and bubble baths, and take advantage of your hotel room’s bathtub. Buy essential oils in your favorite fragrances. Some popular scents include lavender, eucalyptus, or even lemongrass. Turn off the lights and crack the door so you can turn your space into a soothing spa.
Eats and Treats
If you are staying in a place with a kitchenette, be sure to pack your favorite coffees, teas, sweeteners, and snacks. Keeping your food routines as normal as possible can help you feel at home while on the road.
Hook It Up
Be sure to bring whatever devices you use to connect your electronics to the television. Many hotels will have a docking station for phones. Having the option to listen to and watch your preferred songs, shows, and movies will make it feel as if you’ve never left home.
Traveling with Kids
Children often have an even harder time adjusting to hotels, but the following tips can help make their transition smoother. Pack one stuffed animal per child to ensure that each child will sleep comfortably. Make sure there are enough snacks for each day of your stay; your children will behave much better if they get to munch on their favorite snacks. Bring a gallon-sized freezer bag full of markers, crayons, colored pencils, or watercolor sets along with a giant sketchpad; this will occupy your young ones for hours. If there is room, pack some board games. Even in this digital era, traditions like these can help families create lifelong memories.