When you first arrive in Las Vegas, fresh off the plane or a long car ride, all you can think about is dropping your luggage in your room and heading out for some fun. Maybe you’ll stop just long enough to check out the view from your window or use the bathroom to freshen up. I like to unpack before I head back out to start my Vegas vacation. I hate ironing my clothes on vacation; I figure the quicker I get my clothes out of the crushing confines of my suitcase, the better chance I have of avoiding that. But there are a few things I have to do before I even unpack. If you’re a safety- and health-conscious traveler, you might want to add these 5 steps into your routine, too.
Check for bedbugs
Anyone who has ever been bitten by bedbugs on vacation has cursed the day they ever checked into that particular hotel room. Their bites result in a torment of pain and itching; they stow away in your luggage to follow you home; and they’re very difficult to get rid of. Even 5-star hotels can get infected (usually by some other unsuspecting traveler who brought them with him or her). So before you do anything else, follow the tips in this video on how to inspect your hotel room for bedbugs.
Study your escape route in case of fire
No one wants to think of something scary like a hotel fire on their vacation, but they do happen occasionally. Better safe than sorry. Study the map on the back of the door that shows you where your room is in location to the nearest stairwell (in case of a fire). Count the number of doorways from your room to the stairs. In case there’s a fire with thick smoke and you can’t see, you can feel your way there. I also bring a small pocket flashlight with me when I travel, in case I need to find my way to an exit in the dark.
Use an antibacterial wipe to disinfect surfaces
Hoteliers everywhere are going to curse me for suggesting that their rooms are less than clean. But as a former housekeeper, I can tell you, our focus was cleaning the bathrooms, emptying trash, changing the sheets, dusting, and vacuuming. We never thought to disinfect things like door handles, light switches, remote controls, etc. Many, many hands have touched those things before yours. What if the person who stayed in your room before you didn’t wash their hands regularly? Do you want your vacation ruined by a bout of the flu, a stomach bug, or the norovirus? Didn’t think so.
Check the bathroom for cleanliness
If there’s one thing that really skeeves me out, it’s walking into a hotel room and finding mildew on a shower curtain or other people’s hair in the drain.
Take pictures of the room if you’re going to
If you plan on sharing photos of your swanky hotel room with family and friends back home, or if you plan to write a review for an online site, take the photos before you unpack. No one wants to see your unmade bed, luggage strewn all over the place, and food and beverage containers littering every surface of the room in your photos.
That’s my check-in routine. What’s the first thing you do when you check into your hotel room?
Video credit: University of Maine