From making blackout blinds with coat hangers to charging your phone with the TV: Six of the best hotel tricks to take the hassle of out of travelling
- Seasoned travellers shared handy tricks for taking the hassle out of hotel stays
- Tips include packing dirty shoes inside shower caps to keep your suitcase clean
- Others hacks involved charging your phone from the TV if you forget an adaptor
A handy hotel room hack has sparked a far-reaching Twitter discussion about tricks to take the hassle out of travelling.
Rick Klau, a father-of-three from California, tweeted his solution for getting a good night’s rest in a hotel when the curtains don’t quite shut – by tacking drapes together with the clips of a coat hanger.
The tip quickly received a phenomenal response, racking up over 403,000 likes, 73,000 retweets and direct praise from technology billionaire Elon Musk.
The tweet has since started a thread of travel tips, with people sharing helpful suggestions including how to keep hotel room power on without a key card and charging phones without a plug.
A Twitter thread on hotel room hacks has exploded with suggestions to take the hassle out of travelling, including wrapping dirty shoes in disposable shower caps and charging phones with the TV (stock image)
1. LEAVE ANY CARD IN THE WALL SLOT
With sustainability in the news more than ever before, many international hotels now conserve energy by shutting off power when the room is unused.
Electricity is restored when a guest slides their hotel room key into a slot on the wall.
But there’s an easy way to keep the lights and heat on while you’re out and about – simply slip any card into the wall slot.
2. USE A COAT HANGER TO MAKE BLACKOUT BLINDS
To stop light streaming through hotel curtains, Twitter user Rick Klau recommended fastening drapes together with the clips of a coat hanger.
This creates makeshift blackout blinds, which can also be achieved by tacking with clothes pins.
One man said the trick has improved every night he’s spent in a hotel room since learning it.
Another person suggested wedging a towel under the bottom of the door or sticking a wad of tissue in the keyhole to stop light coming through.
Fasten curtains together using the clips of a coat hanger to stop light streaming into your hotel room
3. CHARGE YOUR PHONE WITH THE TV
Adaptors are one of the most forgotten travel essentials, but hotels offer a hidden in-room solution.
Plug your charging cable directly into the back of the TV to power up instead.
If you forget both plug and cable, inquire at hotel reception where they often keep a box full of misplaced chargers.
Pack a power board or extension lead for your next trip to charge multiple devices at once (stock image)
4. BRING A POWER BOARD
One man said the best hotel hack he’s learned from extensive travelling overseas is packing an extension lead instead of multiple pin adaptors.
A power board is especially useful for groups travelling together to allow everyone to charge at the same time.
5. KEEP DIRTY SHOES IN SHOWER CAPS
Keep the contents of your suitcase clean by wrapping dirty shoes inside disposable shower caps or ice bucket bags before packing them away.
Others suggested wrapping hotel TV remotes in shower caps to stop the spread of germs.
Protect the contents of your luggage by wrapping dirty shoes in disposable shower caps or ice bucket bags before packing
6. PACK JEWELLERY IN A DAILY PILL BOX
Avoid the frustration of arriving at your destination with tangled necklaces and bracelets by packing jewellery into a daily pill box.
Alternatively, thread necklaces through straws and pack them neatly between clothes in your suitcase.
Store rings and earrings in a hard sunglasses case.