Hotel employees often end up collecting items from guests’ rooms after they check out. In fact, it happens so much that there are certain things that these workers have seen left behind dozens or even hundreds of times. Don’t let your most prized personal belongings end up in the lost and found on your next trip. Use these tips to make sure you keep tabs on all of your things when you go to a hotel.
If you’re the type that likes to unpack your clothes and place them in the closet and dressers in your hotel room, you put yourself at risk of forgetting items as you leave. The same can happen to those who tend to be a bit messy when it comes to worn clothes – shirts and pants strewn about the room makes it harder to account for everything. To prevent this, use a two-pronged approach. First, make a point to check every closet and drawer before leaving; you can even leave the closet open throughout your stay to remind yourself that you placed clothes there. Second, bring along a tote bag or a plastic sack for worn items so that you won’t have to search every nook and cranny of the room for random socks and underwear before leaving.
Your phone is your lifeline to the world, so it’s unlikely that you’d ever leave it behind. Phone chargers, on the other hand, are some of the most common items left behind in hotel rooms. Often plugged in to the wall out of your line of sight, you may easily forget a charger when packing up as you prepare to leave. To remember this item, always unplug the charger and place it back in your suitcase when you’re done using it. You can also place your phone on top of something important (like your purse or wallet) so that you won’t be able to leave without remembering to unplug and repack it.
As one of the larger and more expensive items that travelers bring with them, it’s surprising that laptops are left behind so often. However, their sleek profile makes it easy to slip them in a drawer or under the bed when not in use. Always keep your laptop in plain sight, and be sure to pack it up if you have to use it for a last-minute flight check-in or looking up directions. In addition, you can bring along a separate carrying case for your laptop. Place the empty case somewhere noticeable during your stay – when you notice it while packing up, it will remind you to look for your laptop.
The problem with toiletries is that we use so many various products that they tend to get set down in different areas of a hotel room. With lotion on the nightstand, a toothbrush on the bathroom counter and shampoo in the shower, it’s no wonder these items get left behind regularly. Fix this issue by bringing all of your toiletries in one bag, preferably one with pockets for various items. When the bag feels light or pockets are empty, you’ll notice you’re missing something. Also, don’t forget to scan the shower before you walk out the door for the last time.
These items often get set down on a bathroom counter or nightstand – somewhere that you may forget to look before you leave your hotel room for the last time. To prevent losing this important accessory, bring each of these belongings in an individual case. When you take them out, leave the cases open and place them next to your suitcase. You won’t be able to leave without noticing that the cases are empty. Another good idea is to check out in person instead of using automatic checkout – you’ll quickly realize you forgot something if you have trouble hearing the clerk or reading your bill.
Some of the most precious items that get left behind in hotel rooms are pieces of jewelry. This can be an especially tough thing to lose if you brought along items with special meaning or high value just for the trip. To avoid losing any jewelry on your next vacation, pack these accessories in a separate bag or pouch. Whenever you take off an item, place it directly back into the pouch for safe keeping. If you want to be extra careful, place a list of everything you brought in the pouch with your jewelry and check it before you leave to make sure nothing is left behind.
Many people don’t need their keys until they arrive back at home after their trip. By then, it’s too late to get them back from the hotel so you can get into your car or house. Don’t get caught keyless at the end of your trip. Instead, zip your keys securely into a pocket of your suitcase or purse as soon as you leave the house or your car. Don’t take them out again until you return.
Losing important personal items can really place a damper on a trip filled with otherwise happy memories. Don’t fall into the trap of forgetting one of these easily left behind belongings. Use the tips and tricks listed here to keep your things accounted for when it’s time to check out of your hotel room.