Jeans. A Clarisonic Mia brush. My son’s beloved stuffed turtle. My daughter’s favorite pillowcase. A Mac power cord. Three library books. 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. This is even more possible when you’ve got kids, because they generally travel with beloved items and sometimes even hide things. While you can’t guarantee that you won’t make a mistake occasionally, there are definitely ways you can help prevent leaving something behind. Although you can often retrieve items left behind, it’s always best not to leave something Here are a few tips to avoid leaving stuff in your hotel room:
- 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 into 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. Instead of leaving stuffed animals on a bed, put them in a drawer or on a table.
- 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. Even check places where you didn’t put items. We lost three library books in a hotel because my daughter put them in the nightstand. I didn’t check that spot because I didn’t put anything there, and it never occurred to me that my daughter did.
- 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. I’ve had some luck with this, but I’ve also had a few items that were gone for good.
Have you ever lost an item in a hotel room? Would one of these tips have helped you?
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