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These Simple Hotel Life Hacks Will Change Traveling Forever!

Leslie Tander




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!

This Is Why You Should Put Coins In Sink

If You are in a pinch and really need to do laundry then this sink hack will come in hand. Take a piece of plastic and a coin or two and put them into the sink like the picture below. After you do that you are all set to wash your clothes in the sink or bathtub.

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.



A Lost and Treasured Diary

Leslie Tander



Luis Martinez was doing some routine cleaning when he found something potentially valuable among all of the trash. He was clearing away the garbage in a truck, but there was also a little book there. It’s always a good idea to examine something like that before throwing it out, even when cleaning a truck that already has plenty of genuine garbage in it. 

Some people may have thrown out the book anyway, since getting a truck ready for an automobile auction can be time-consuming enough as it is. Fortunately, Luis Martinez decided to take a look inside this apparently discarded book. His curiosity may have changed everything for the people who may receive this book in the future. 

After taking a few quick glances at the content of the book, Luis Martinez found out that he had discovered a diary. The book featured a lot of natural handwriting, and it was clearly written by someone who had a lot of deeply personal things to say. 

People have discovered very important historical artifacts in the same way. Many individuals may think that all of history’s treasures were carefully preserved for years or famous in their own time. While plenty of art pieces and architectural creations are like that, it isn’t always the case.

Some lost paintings have been found over the years, and they were later confirmed to be the works of some of the most famous artists in history. People have discovered written works in the same way at different points throughout time. 

Many of the most important historical artifacts have been the journals, letters, diaries, and essays that were written by the people who were actually alive in a given historical period. Professionals tend to turn to these documents in order to more accurately understand the attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of people from specific eras.

Historians tend to be thrilled when someone finds an old diary or something similar. It’s the sort of primary source that can make a huge difference in any form of historical survey research. Many historians tend to be enthusiastic about the people who manage to help preserve some of these works themselves. 

The diary that Luis Martinez found could be considered an important historical piece one day. Of course, it’s still a diary that is important in this time period, which is something that Luis Martinez certainly recognizes. 

Some of the people in his situation would have just gotten rid of the journal, since finding anyone connected with the journal would be difficult. Luis Martinez, on the other hand, is interested in making sure that the journal is brought back to where it belongs. 

The writer of the diary was in her early nineties. Her name was Lola Maxine. Depending on how old the diary is and how long ago everything was originally written, it’s possible that Lola Maxine herself could want the diary back. 

However, she was often specifically writing to Arabella Raine, her granddaughter. It’s possible that Arabella Raine should be the person to keep the diary. Lola Maxine’s other family members could also want it. However, it’s possible that the diary could become a treasured possession for the entire family. 

Luis Martinez is interested in bringing the diary to them, one way or another. It’s possible that they will find out about it the same way other people online have, making things easier for Luis Martinez. A lot of people have managed to find things that they have lost that way, even if they didn’t know that they lost them. They just need conscientious and kind people to find them initially. 

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Shocking Moment Captured on Film as Mother and Son Leap into Gator Pit for Lost Wallet.

Mackenzie Freeman



The city of Brainerd is nestled deep in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. Established in 1870, Brainerd is known as one of the largest cities in all of Northern Minnesota. Today’s story isn’t so much about the city of Brainerd as it is about two of the people within it. Recently, a mother and her young son made headlines around the country when they were captured on film leaping into the alligator pit at Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd, MN. What happened next was as harrowing as it was inexplicable. 

Safari North Wildlife Park is one of the most popular outdoor wildlife parks in the Midwest. This stunning park features family-friendly attractions, gorgeous animals, and wonderful sprawling enclosures.  From Snow Leopards and River Otters to the Vervet Monkey, there is always a spectacular animal to see. For the stars of our story, one animal stuck out in particular, the alligator.

When the viral video begins, we see a woman as well as her son standing outside of the alligator enclosure at the Safari North Wildlife Park. The massive pit is enclosed by a fence with only a pit of water in the center of the exhibit. Why were these two visitors in the wildly dangerous alligator pit? Well, that’s a story that seems almost impossible to understand. According to the mother, her wallet had dropped into the water of the enclosure. Rather than requesting assistance from a park employee, the mother jumped into the enclosure to fetch the wallet herself!

The fact that the mother leaped into the alligator pit was concerning in and of itself, especially for a wallet! To make matters even more dramatic and demonstrably worse, her young son quickly followed her! The young boy seemed determined to copy his mother to the horror of various onlookers. One concerned citizen yelled out to the family from a viewing balcony, “Don’t do that, you will get eaten!” 

The tension seemed to last forever as the mother and her son poked around the exhibit while looking for the lost wallet. To add to the tension of the moment, the mother was filmed throwing rocks at the alligators. At one point, the mother even used a stick to distract the gators to further her search for her lost alligator. While the film quickly went viral, this was completely unexpected according to the Safari North Wildlife Park. According to the staff at the facility, the video was the first time they were made aware of the incident.

If you think alligators aren’t dangerous, think again. Alligators are considered apex predators and they have been living on earth for millions of years. Considered ‘living fossils’, alligators are deceptively fast, enormously strong, and they grow their entire lives. In fact, the largest alligator of all time was found in Florida at the Everglades National Park. The alligator was measured in at 16 feet and five inches in length. We are all truly lucky that nobody was hurt during this video!

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Pregnant Women are Concerned With New York Hospital’s Banning Birth Partners

Mackenzie Freeman



It is an unnerving time for everyone, especially pregnant couples. With the healthcare system being overwhelmed due to the Coronavirus, many couples are wondering how their birthing plans will be impacted. One New York healthcare network has decided to ban birth partners from the delivery room. This has become a controversial topic that is worrisome to women across the country that their hospital could also adopt this policy.

New York-Presbyterian recently announced that it is banning visitors including birth partners. This means countless women will experience the labor and delivery process without the support of their loved ones.

This also means fathers will not be able to see their newborns until the babies are released from the hospital. There are temporary exceptions to the rule for the imminent end of life and specific patient’s needs. This is not comforting to most mothers who will be bringing their child into the world under these stressful and strained conditions.

New York-Presbyterian is taking a significant step in protecting expecting pregnant couples due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, this move is not calming the fears of women. The policy is certainly jarring considering the World Health Organization determined that the role of birth partners is crucial.

Birthing partners provide informational support during childbirth and liaise gaps between women and clinical staff. Companions also provide practical support, like encouraging women to be mobile during labor, provide non-pharmacological pain relief like meditation and massage, and offer emotional support.

Companions are advocates for women, addressing her and her preferences. Labor companions can help women build their confidence through praise, reassurance, and having a supportive presence while allowing them to feel in control.

Chief of Obstetrics at Columbia University, Dena Goffman, MD, notes that New York-Presbyterian’s decision was difficult, well-considered, and not taken lightly. They decided to ensure all potential visitors, including partners, remain safe. The hospital group also decided to test all incoming pregnant women for COVID-19, regardless of their symptoms.

This decision came after doctors noticed numerous women without symptoms or atypical symptoms later testing positive for the virus. Unfortunately, many labor symptoms mimic some COVID-19 symptoms, so these women were not identified by the usual screening method, testing processes, and infection prevention and control. Therefore, the virus protection practices were never implemented thus exposing staff members.

By implementing this new policy of testing women in labor, doctors can isolate newborns who may have been exposed. This is a significant preventative measure to stop an outbreak within non-infected baby nurseries. With such a huge number of cases in New York, this is an important step.

Dr. Goffman further noted that the hospital network is investigating other options for allowing birth partners and loved ones to be included in this special moment. The most promising idea is using technology. The hospital recognizes the need for additional family support for moms and mom and baby pairs when at the hospital.

While the WHO’s position on child partners has remained the same, they believe all pregnant women, including those with confirmed viral infection, are entitled to high-quality care throughout the entire pregnancy.  

The new COVID-19 world is unknown, unpredictable, and scary with situations evolving by the minute. However, planning and flexibility allow women to have a normal birthing experience. Also, consult your medical team with any concerns or questions you may have about the pregnancy or COVID-19. Hopefully, technology will be able to play a bigger role for family and friends in the future so the mother and birthing partner can continue to have and provide support before, during, and after the pregnancy.

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