Because of my husband’s job we spend a lot of time living for months out of hotels. We’ve “lived” in Vancouver and Morocco and now we’re in Atlanta. Over time I’ve figured out a few hotel hacks for making your hotel feel more like your home. I’ve started to do a lot of things differently when I travel (which I’ll get to), but so far my biggest tip is this one:
Bring an Amazon Fire Stick
I feel like a fucking genius, y’all. Right before I left for Atlanta, I grabbed my Amazon Fire Stick. I thought maybe I could plug it into the hotel’s TV and watch the shows I want to watch, instead of whatever sparse cable offerings there were. Sure, the last time I lived in a hotel, I used my laptop to watch TV. But I didn’t like it because I couldn’t get work done at the same time, and it just didn’t feel like being home.
Now I can watch All The Shows while I work on my laptop AAAAAAAND watch the new season of Game of Thrones along with everyone else. Booyah.
Ask for more hangers
Not sure why this one took me so freaking long to do. I never know why hotels only give you, like, three freaking hangers. I feel more at home with all my clothes hung up and not constantly feeling like I’m living out of a bag. Oh, and use those drawers, yo! Just freaking unpack as much as you can.
Empty out the mini fridge
You can ask places to empty out the mini fridge of all their overpriced tiny bottles and candy bars. And then I fill it with food and snacks that I like to eat at home. It’s wonderful how eating my favorite yogurt and granola anywhere will immediately make me feel like I’m at home.
Free water at the gym
I’ve tried tap water in a lot of locations, and have rarely found it tasty. If your hotel has a gym, there’s probably better water for the taking. I’m luckily staying in a place right now that has spa water out at all times! So I fill my reusable water bottle up and keep hydrated with delicious cucumber water that I never have a home. (Sometimes it IS nice to feel like you’re at a hotel.)
Bring your pet
The biggest game changer on this extended stay is that we’re at a pet-friendly hotel, so we brought our dog. Anyone with a pet knows that as long as they’re with you, you feel like you’re at home. Now I get to keep some of my same routines: Wake up, walk dog, feed dog, feed self, repeat. Plus, having her to walk helps me get a real feel for the new areas I’m staying in. The streets start to feel familiar, which makes me feel like I’m finding my own place in my new world.
What are YOUR extended stay hotel hacks?