Say “No” To Unwanted Bed Guests | Travel Advice

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Whether or not hypochondria runs in your family, trusting that every hotel is taking optimal care of your bedding is a risky bet you’re making. That’s not to say 90% of hotels don’t bleach your bedding like a blonde during pilot season, but taking the extra minute to give your bed the once over can’t hurt. Whether is just stains or (earmuffs) bedbugs, better to discover them BEFORE a night’s sleep than after.

If you REALLY want to get intense about it (not that I’m judging), there are some techniques that can be your KNIGHT in shining armor….get it….night and knight sound the same…ok, they can’t all be winners. I don’t see you volunteering to be a writer for me.

Don’t bother shopping for a travel black light to look for stains. Oh, there are plenty of products out there, but multiple investigations have found that 100% of hotel rooms tested have SOMETHING show up under the black lights; even 5 star hotels. So in this case, I would consider ignorance bliss. However, if you DO want to be proactive, bring a travel sized container of antibacterial wipes to wipe down the phone and remote, as they’ve been proven to be covered with germs. And as far as that glass in the bathroom is concerned, don’t trust it. Only two states (Missouri and Kansas) have laws about washing the glassware. ALWAYS bring your own cup with you.

Finally, the old adage is true about taking the bedspread off. There is no law about washing bedspreads, and every hotel has a different policy about the frequency of washing them. Just imagine cuddling up next to the last stranger to sleep in your room and I’m sure that’ll be enough to give you the heebie jeebies.


My name is Spencer Howard, and I’m an Concierge/Host/Drunk who has spent the majority of the past 9 years on the road, hopping from hotel to hotel for months at a time. Through trial and mostly error, I’ve become what the airport security line calls an “Expert Traveler.” (It makes my Mother proud) But for those of us who go beyond occasional puddle jumper and enter the world of Hotel Homebody, it takes more than a complimentary mint and a flat screen TV to warm the cockles of our hearts. I hope you have insurance, because I'm gonna be throwing some knowledge bombs at your face. **Feel free to contact me with your questions about Travel Gadgets & Gear**

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