Jeans. A Clarisonic Mia brush. My daughter’s favorite pillowcase. A Mac power cord. These are all things that I’ve left behind in my hotel rooms throughout the years. While I think that I’ve checked everything before I leave, sometimes I just manage to miss something. While you can’t guarantee that you won’t make a mistake occasionally, there are definitely ways you can help prevent leaving something behind. Here are a few tips:
- Label as much as you can. When I lost my Mac power cord, it was gone for good. But I now label these types of items, which makes it so much easier to identify as mine. Plus, it helps out a lot at conferences, when everyone is plugging in to the same set of outlets.
- Check the bed before housekeeping comes – DAILY. Little stuffed animals, socks, and other goodies that kids sleep with can get lost in the covers. Some housekeepers simply grab the sheets and dump them in the big hamper, trapping whatever is trapped in the bedsheets. So, do a bed check before you leave for the morning, and save yourself a huge headache.
- Check, double check, and triple check the hotel room before you leave. Look in drawers, in the closets, in the safe, in the shower, and under the beds. Check the outlets to make sure you haven’t left power cords. Then, check again right before you leave the room.
- If you do leave something behind, call the hotel as soon as possible. Provide your room number and prepare to wait for a call back If your item is found, you’ll probably have to provide a credit card number for the item to be shipped to you.
Have you ever lost an item in a hotel room? Would one of these tips have helped you?