Sleeping at home is bliss. But when out on a trip with friends and family or in case I’m out touring, it often involves hotel stays, and satisfactory sleep can be hard to come by. The first couple of nights are usually the most difficult to get past. We understand many people have such sleeping issues when on the road; and have therefore come up with the following tips for some slumber glory.
Check Hotel Amenities
Some level of research and preparation can ensure even your first night at the hotel is comfortable. First, make sure you don’t book a hotel you know nothing about. Look up the hotel online – on its official website, review sites, etc. Learn where the hotel is located and whether it’s undergoing or has scheduled any renovation on the date of your stay.
For instance, I don’t prefer hotels situated close to an airport or busy streets. But if there aren’t any quality hotels away from the busy areas, you can always request for rooms not adjacent to streets, or away from all the construction noise. Also, ask for extra pillows and extra blankets, if required.
If you know the exact location of your hotel, you’ll have a much better idea about what and what not to pack into your travel bag. Regardless of how quiet or busy the hotel locale is, never travel without a sleep mask. If you don’t have the mask, buy one right away.
The mask you buy should be thick enough to block out all the light, but not too heavy to pressurize your eyes and break you into sweat. Usually, the best sleep masks are made of nylon – the material is light, but thick enough, and also quite inexpensive.
Get a travel pillow on-board too. The pillows you get at hotels may not be soft or hard enough, or you may not like the fabric. You can also use the pillow on the plane or when at a friend’s house. Also, pack in a pair of high-quality earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
Pillows and Sheets
We’ve already touched upon lugging a travel pillow. But if your travel bag has some more space, get your regular bedroom pillow instead. A standard pillow may sound like an unnecessary baggage, but you’ll thank me later once you realize how much better your nights were with the pillow, in an unfamiliar environment.
If a pillow from your house still doesn’t sound right, try taking pillowcases instead. These cases would make any pillow in the world familiar, provided you put these cases on them. And not to mention, pillowcases would take very little space. Also take your bed sheets wherever you travel. With your pillow/pillowcases and bed sheet, you can almost instantly make any hotel room feel like your own bedroom.
If you’re not comfortable with the pillows in the hotel room, ask the management for another softer or firmer pillow – anything you prefer. Some hotels may also offer body pillows – you’ll only have to ask for them.
The better the hotel in terms of service and infrastructure, the lesser you’d need to carry your own things. Therefore, try booking the best possible hotel within your budget. Never sacrifice good-quality sleep for a few bucks.