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These Simple Hotel Life Hacks Will Change Traveling Forever!

Leslie Tander

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Traveling is a natural part of life, especially if you want to get out and see the world! Whether you are staying at a hotel for work or for vacation, making the most of your experience is definitely important. Unfortunately, it isn’t hard to find countless horror stories about hotels around the world. Today, we are going to make your life easier. So, whether you are on a business trip or your Honeymoon, make sure to keep these simple hotel life hacks in mind!

Keep The Curtains Closed With a Hanger

You don’t have to be a light sleeper to hate having light seep into your room. No matter where you are staying, your hotel might have to deal with lights from nearby buildings and vehicles. Due to the fact that most hotel blinds don’t close correctly, you might need some help keeping them shut. Simply take a large hanger from your hotel closet and repeat what you see above. With a single hanger in place, you can keep your curtains closed nice and tight.

Quick and Easy Dining Room Table

If you are going to be traveling for work, you might want to save money by eating in your room. Unfortunately, most hotel rooms aren’t going to be outfitted with a comfortable place to eat. Thankfully with the addition of a simple ironing board, you can eat with comfort from your own bed! Not a bad little hack, is it? Throw down a clean towel to prevent food from staining the board if you want to be extra careful.

Improve the Smell of Your Room With a Car Freshener

We aren’t saying that every hotel smells bad, but there are plenty of offputting odors that can find their way into your room. If you want to make your room smell a little better, simply attach a car freshener to your air conditioning or heating unit before turning the air on. In the blink of an eye, you’ll have a room that smells fresh and clean.

Restock Your Mini Bar By Yourself

If you find yourself dipping into the mini bar, don’t worry about a blossoming bill. We all know that hotel minibars are overpriced, so head to the pharmacy down the street to restock it yourself. This is a great way to avoid a large bill if you find yourself with the time to restock the room.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask For Help

If you are at a reasonable hotel, the front desk will be committed to making your stay a pleasant one. With that being said, most people don’t take advantage of the concierge services available to them. Hotel clerks are always ready to lend a hand, so if you are facing an obstacle don’t hesitate to ask for help! On one recent trip, a hotel clerk helped to connect me with a late dinner due to my arrival time. I wouldn’t have had access to that food had I not asked!

Add Extra Humidity To Your Room

You don’t have to want to sleep in a sauna to require a little extra humidity in your room. Traveling during the winter can mean dealing with tons of dry and damaging air. Add a little extra humidity to your room by draping a wet towel on top of your suitcase rack beside your heating unit. As the air heats up the towel, steam will manifest! Simply dampen the towel again when you feel it start to dry out.

Save Your Shower Cap For Clean Traveling

If you travel with any regularity, you are going to grow accustomed to carrying extra pairs of shoes. Unfortunately, it can be hit-and-miss when it comes to cleaning your shoes while abroad. In order to package your shoes in a safe and clean manner, simply put them inside of a fresh shower cap. The shower cap will keep dirt from getting on your things while the shower cap can be replaced as needed.

Recover Phone Chargers From the Front Desk

Losing your phone charger can be a terrifying prospect, especially when you aren’t near a store. Fortunately, most hotels offer support services at their front desk to replace lost or stolen items. If your cable went missing during your stay, make sure to ask the front desk about it. Even if they can’t help, the front desk might be able to offer a free loan item to get you through your trip.

Childproof Your Room With Duct Tape

You don’t have to be the best parent on the planet to know that children are creative when it comes to troublemaking. If you want to make your room as safe as possible for your children, consider taping down exposed cables with duct tape. Your duct tape should be easy to remove without leaving any marks behind.

Cover Your Remote For Germ-Free Relaxation

For individuals who like to keep germs at bay, pay careful attention to what you touch during your hotel stay. One of the biggest hotspots for germs in a hotel room, outside of the bathroom, is the television remote. Simply put your remote control into a clear bag during use so that you can avoid problematic germs. Simple, right? That sounds a lot easier than dealing with a cold!

Tip For Extra Services

Tipping is a pretty American custom, so if you are traveling through the United States you might want to adopt the practice. With that being said, tipping at a hotel may feel a little odd but there are benefits! Simply put down a little tip on the pillow after your first night in order to reward the room cleaners. A little kindness can lead to extra attention during your stay.

Prop the Door Open With a Hanger

Unpacking your things can be a pain in the neck, literally. If your hotel doesn’t have a handy cart to unload your property with, consider using a closet hanger to keep your door propped open. While not exactly pretty to look at, this is a great way to get in and out of your room without having to whip your key card out of your pocket.

Ready to Use Toothbrush Holder For Free

There isn’t anything less appealing than putting your toothbrush on the counter of a hotel bathroom. While we are sure that most hotels do their best to keep their property clean, we are still bothered by the idea. If you don’t want to pack a spare cup to hold your toothbrush in, consider sticking it through the bottom of a paper cup from the bathroom. It’s not pretty, but this cheap toothbrush holder can keep the germs away!

Quickly Get Rid of Fog In Your Bathroom

Getting in and out of your hotel in the morning can be difficult when the bathroom mirror won’t defog. If you are like us, you wait until the last moment to get out of the door. Shaving in a hurry or doing your makeup with a foggy mirror can be hard to handle. Simply use a little bit of soap to quickly get rid of the troublesome fog. Now you don’t have to shave in a hurry!

Pack an HDMI Cable For Free Entertainment

To say that hotel rooms lack entertainment options would be putting it lightly. Most hotels charge exorbitant fees to use their television and film services. If you want to have enjoyable entertainment while traveling, pack a spare HDMI cable with your work laptop. Use an HDMI cable and the free Wi-Fi that your hotel provides to stream whatever entertainment you want to the television screen.

Convenient Hot Noodles When You Need Them

We don’t ever want to look down our noses at a hot cup of noodles, so we won’t. If you are craving a brick of delicious noodles and some hot soupy water, consider using your in-room coffee maker to boil hot water. After prepping your hot water, pour it straight into the Cup of Noodles. Now you have a hot meal that doesn’t cost more than a quarter. That’s a quick way to save money!

Keep Your Stuff Dry With an Ice Bucket Bag

Using the swimming pool can be fun until you have to pack a soaking wet swimsuit. If you don’t have time to dry your swimming apparel, use an ice bucket bag to keep your swimsuit separated. If you don’t want to haul around a swimsuit in a plastic bag, you can also ask your front desk for access to a drying machine. You might need a bag of quarters to use the hotel drying machine, just a forewarning!

Avoid Shampoo Leaks Forever

Is there anything more instantly aggravating than finding a broken shampoo bottle in your luggage? Even a small shampoo leak can cause a giant mess within your baggage. In order to keep your toiletries from leaking, simply use a piece of plastic from one of the cups in your room to end the leak forever. Put the plastic underneath the cap of your shampoo before screwing the cap on.

Mention Your Special Circumstances

Hotels will typically endeavor to make your experience as rewarding as they possibly can. For that reason, consider letting your hotel know of any special circumstances that brought you to them. Perhaps you are traveling for a honeymoon or maybe you are in town for a wedding. In either situation, you’ll be surprised by the little kind flourishes that some hotels will showcase to provide improved service.

Makeshift Air Conditioning Unit

While the majority of modern hotels have working air conditioning, you won’t find that same convenience while traveling abroad. If you are in a room without an air conditioning unit, consider putting a wet towel on your windowsill after soaking it with cold water. Crack your window open and allow a cool breeze to blow across the towel. While this obviously isn’t as effective as air conditioning, you’ll be shocked by what a little cool air can do on a hot night.

Take Your Mini Bottles With You

Experienced travelers know to keep their own shampoo and conditioning supplies on hand. Even if you don’t plan to use the toiletries provided by the hotel staff, don’t simply leave them behind. Many times, hotels will use high-quality brands in smaller containers to add a little bit of luxury to the room. Bring home the little bottles for an emergency stash!

Get a Loan From the Front Desk

Has your phone charger suddenly broken? Are you missing an important cable for hooking up your laptop to the television? No matter what you are missing, your hotel might be able to offer you support. You might be able to find resources at the front desk, otherwise, you might be referred to somewhere that you can find local help.

Lock Away Your Valuables

You can stay at the best hotel in the world while still worrying about getting robbed. Nobody wants to think about people rifling through their stuff when they are traveling, so make sure to request a room safe. Lock away your valuables before you leave to make sure that you aren’t worried throughout the day.

Skip Room Service and Save Big

One of the easiest ways to blow through your budget while on the road is ordering room service. While room service is quick and convenient, it is also incredibly expensive. Instead of spending big at your hotel’s room service, consider calling a nearby restaurant to deliver. All you have to do is head down to the entrance when your driver arrives. That $25 burger from room service just became a whole lot more affordable!

Mute External Noise With a Towel

There are life hacks and then there are obvious tips like this. If you are dealing with a lot of external noise, from the hall or your neighboring rooms, simply put a towel underneath your door. The towel will serve as a dampening device thus blocking one of the most problematic areas of sound leakage. If you really want to take your peace and quiet serious, consider bringing a sleeping mask as well!

Feel Free To Ask For Another Room

Most people who book a hotel will take the first room offered to them. When was the last time that you personally asked to look at a separate room? While not exactly routine, most hotel clerks are happy to showcase additional rooms. If you are located near a loud neighbor or want to face away from city lights, this can be the easiest way to fix the issue. Most hotels try to offload their worst rooms first, so don’t feel bad about asking for a better spot.

Add Some Volume to Your Phone With a Mug

A little bit of music never hurt anyone, but you can’t really just blast a stereo in your hotel. In order to add a little volume to your room without blowing the neighbors window off, consider putting your phone inside of a clean coffee mug with the speaker facing down. The speaker will use the walls of the mug to produce an amplified sound for you to enjoy. Or you could just get a Bluetooth speaker, but that’s a little pricier.

Request a Spare Room Key

Even when you are traveling alone, it can help to have a backup key on hand. Simply request a spare key from the front desk when you first go through the check-in process. Keep one key with you at all times while leaving the other key in an easily accessible place in your room. Now, you can rest easy knowing that you will always have a key handy.

Steam Away Wrinkles For Free

When you unpack your luggage at the hotel, the last thing that you’ll want to see is a pile of wrinkles. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find quick and affordable steam cleaning services when you are away from home. If your hotel doesn’t offer the services, simply hang your wrinkled shirt as close to the shower spout as you can without getting wet. Let the shower run on high heat while allowing the steam to press your clothing.

Instant Mini Fridge In Your Bathroom

While mini-refrigerators have become the norm with most modern hotels, that still isn’t the case everywhere. If your hotel room lacks a refrigerator, simply buy a bag of ice and unload it in your sink. While you won’t be able to use your sink right away, you’ll have plenty of cold beverages at the ready! The best aspect of this life hack is that there is no cleanup! Just let the ice melt and you are all done.

How About a Mobile Mini Fridge

Throwing your own little party will require a place to keep your drinks. Whether you are inviting a friend to your hotel room or simply having fun with your significant other, consider filling an empty trash bin with a bag of ice. Rip the bag open and put your drinks inside to create a mobile mini-fridge! Who said having fun at a hotel was impossible?

File Complaints For Poor Service

Nobody wants to be the ‘problematic’ guest at a hotel, but sometimes you have to speak up for what is right. If you feel that you are receiving subpar service, make sure to mention your complaint to the front desk. If you walk away from the hotel without airing your grievances, you might miss out on their attempt to remedy the problem. That remedy could come by way of gift vouchers or reduced rates.

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The Oldest Girl Scout Cookie Seller Still Selling

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Most people reaching the upper range of their 90s in time and years spend a lot of their waking hours focused on their memories as well as doing a lot of talking with remaining friends. And in one’s late 90s not a lot of one’s peers are left to talk to either. However, Ronnie Backenstoe is not your typical senior citizen. She never has been typical her whole life, and that goes back to well before the 1930s.

Her First Box of Cookies Was Sold 88 Years Ago

Ronnie as a young girl joined the Girl Scouts in 1932. The native of Lake George, New York, first earned her green suit and the right to wear at the impressionable age of 10, and she was hooked on the organization even before that. However, her mother wouldn’t let Ronnie join until she was a decade old, and the little girl counted down the days until her 10th birthday waiting anxiously. As soon as Ronnie’s birthday arrived, however, she was off to join the Scouts and the local troop.

Adulthood Didn’t Change Ronnie’s Dedication

And, just like generations of girl scouts after Ronnie’s initial year, she put on her uniform every spring and focused on selling as many Girl Scout cookies in her neighborhood. Ronnie’ dedication paid off; she shot up through the Scout ranks and merit badges quickly, and the dedication didn’t stop in her teen years. As an early adult, Ronnie also earned the extremely rare distinction of staying associated with the Girls Scouts as an active member, and she took on the role of the Camp Mosey Wood director, working with young scouts and staff in the Poconos Mountain area. From that notable position Ronnie was later promoted to a field director position which took her across the country for the Girl Scouts, visiting troops and facilities nationally as well as in other countries too.

Officially, Ronnie put in over 45 years of career service with the Girls Scouts. However, in 1976 it was time to hang up her official hat and ease into a more relaxed phase of life as a senior. It didn’t take long for her to feel the need to be involved again though. And, eventually, Ronnie starting finding ways to stay active with the Scouts again, even as a volunteer instead of paid employee. As Ronnie noted when asked, scouting is simply part of her life and living; it teaches lessons in living right.

Every Box of Girl Scout Cookies Makes a Difference

The world today is a very different place now versus what it was back in 1932 the first year Ronnie sold cookies to customers to support the Girl Scouts. However, believe it or not, Ronnie still goes out and sells cookies every year. Today the boxes are lot more than the 15 cents price she sold them for as a 10-year-old girl. However, the concept is still the same; support the Girl Scouts one little bit at a time. The aggregate effort eventually adds up to greater things. Back in 1932 when Ronnie sold her first cookies there were only three types available. Today there are now seven different flavors, but each one is labeled with the Girl Scouts logo that Ronnie stands behind as an example of Girl Scout dedication. And Ronnie is still going at the spritely age of 98. The cookies are a bit fresher however, produced every year by the Girl Scouts for waiting customers. And Ronnie is there to sell them every box she can to keep the Scouts going.

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Man Sheds His Clothes and Jumps Into a Freezing Pond to Save a Dog

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A man has been commended for going above and beyond his call of duty. Ryan Arens risked his life to save the life of a dog while he was at work in Boseman, which is located in Montana.  

In January of 2019, Ryan was making UPS deliveries like he does almost every day. January is Bozeman’s coldest month of the year, and one day in that month was exceptionally different from any of the other days. Something terribly tragic almost happened that day when a dog fell through ice and landed in icy-cold water.

When the UPS delivery driver parked his truck in front of a house one workday, the sound of a dog desperately howling for help caught his attention. Ryan didn’t see the canine, but he could hear it loud and clear, and it sounded like it was in big trouble.

The sun had already started to go down, but he wasn’t about to walk away and ignore the dog’s cries. Because Ryan loves dogs and is the happy owner of a 14-year-old malamute shepherd mix, he couldn’t walk away.  

The sound of the howling canine seemed to be coming from a pond. Ryan searched for the hound, and when he found it, he saw that it was fighting for its life in frigid water surrounded by ice. The depth of the pond the dog was trapped in was no less than 16 feet, so he knew the animal was in grave danger if no one tried to help it.  

Although someone in a small boat attempted to help the dog, this kind soul had no success. After seeing the man’s failed efforts to bring the dog to safety, Ryan decided to remove all but his undergarments and swim to the dog and save it.

As soon as the canine was pulled out of the freezing water, Ryan took it to a house nearby where he and the homeowner bathed the pooch in a tub of warm water. The dog’s legs were so stiff from being in the cold pond so long, it couldn’t support itself without help. Ryan said he didn’t know how long the canine had been in the pond before he found it.

After Ryan rescued the dog, whose name he later found out is Sadie, he put on dry clothing and went back to work.

The following day, he was blown away when he saw Sadie at the house where his next delivery was to be made.

Ryan became a hero that day. Had he not come to rescue Sadie, this story would probably have not ended well. He proved his love for animals, and he proved how selfless and brave he is. He truly is admired for what he did.                           

Let this story warm the hearts of all you know by making people aware of it. This is an amazing story about an amazing man, a man Sadie was so lucky to have met that awful day. 

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Failure Provides Opportunities To Succeed

Lea Lomas

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The fear of failure is failure itself and stops you from moving farther in your life, such as pursuing a relationship a job or anything that requires you to step forward.  No one prevents you from achieving your dreams of a better livelihood. The reason why the goal goes unfulfilled is that you undercut your efforts out of fear of failure. You have convinced yourself that making an effort is worthless and is thus not worth doing. But in fact, making an effort is essential to achieve your goal.  

Stop Bullying Yourself

The struggle may be as simple as filling out an application or applications seeking the job. Fear of failure has the same effect of bullying yourself by having concerns that you will nor be successful.  Failure may lead to the self-fulfilling prophecy of failing, which is a form of circular reasoning in that you know you will fail and then chose a course that leads to failure.  

You Are Your Worst Enemy.

Your fears may be directly be related to the thinking that you do not deserve to be successful. How do you overcome the fear of failure? The definition of failure is different, and it varies from person to person who has a) different red lines to cross that defines failure, b) different values, and c) different belief systems. So what may be a failure to you could be on the road to success for another. So what is failure? You could be so afraid of failing that you become immobilized to the point of depression. You may have had bad experiences as a child and received no positive feedback from your parents. At one time, you were traumatized in your life by failure and stopped trying to succeed. As a result, you become trapped in life’s struggle.

 Negative Mindsets

With these types of experiences, you may have set a death trap, or mindsets, requiring one to reset your life to a better path. The following mindsets set the trap.
•  You sabotage yourself through procrastination, excessive anxiety, or a failure to follow through to achieve your goals.
•  No self-confidence, coupled with low self-esteem, pondering on negative self-feedback that your life will not get better or that you lack the skills or the ability to succeed or it’s too late to be successful.
•  Perfectionism – You developed artificial high standards and cannot reach a level of perfection or willingness to try.

Breaking the Cycle of Fear

1. Fear of failure has the same effect of bullying yourself by having concerns that you will nor be successful, which leads to the self-fulfilling prophecy of failing, a form of circular reasoning in that you know you will fail and then chose a course that leads to failure.   
2.  Be your own best friend.  Love yourself, be your confidant, and not your worst enemy. Seeking external happiness, like a good relationship, may fatefully tie you to the failures of others that will not lead you to genuine fulfillment. It is up to you to change your own life.
3.  Whatever negative trait you may have should be viewed in the whole of a person that you are, so don’t be so hard on yourself or permit any other person’s negative view of yourself to define who you are.

Rational and Positive Thinking  

Failure is common and many times, precedes success. The most successful people have experienced palpable failure, such as Michael Jordan failed at basketball in high school. William Buffet was not academically qualified to be accepted at Harvard. Richard Branson does not have a high school diploma. The words “think positive” is not a mind game but a highly successful method of thinking that refuses to accept failure or treats failure as having another opportunity to succeed.

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