I used to always take plug-in nightlights for the bathroom. It was enough light to see my way around in the dark. Unfortunately, I'd forget to remove them when I was packing up, so I stopped doing that. Instead, I buy a pack of glow-in-the-dark sticks from the dollar store. It does the same job and I don't need to fret over having left a more expensive item at the hotel.
I also take inexpensive flip-flops to wear in the room, down to the pool, etc. They're lightweight and don't take much room in the suitcase.
If it's a family trip and we're driving my wife and I always bring a small fan (for her AND for the kiddo) so we have the same white noise as home. We HAVE also borrowed box fans from the Mariott's we've frequented if we're flying.
Does the noise machine you have give a true 'fan' replication?
This is the one I bring everywhere, even when flying. It's not very big, but makes great fan sound, b/c there is an fan in it.
I am thinking about this one for international travel:
It has a voltage transformer and comes with the plug adapters. It's a little more, but good sleep is priceless!
bacon14 sent me info on the one they use:
You can listen to the sounds - just click "sounds" on the left side of the page.
Great topic and awesome creativity, muppetwrangler! Using glow sticks as night lights is genius and would be perfect when traveling with little ones as well! When staying at a Residence Inn, I like to bring some coffee with me. That way, the familiar smell in the morning has its way of keeping me on track.
I bring lots of things that I sometimes use, sometimes don't, but as to purely for comfort? Flip flops more and more than in the past, they are comfortable. I do try to always keep a zip lock baggie of raw almonds on hand. They can come in handy on really busy travel days. If traveling with the husband or when encountering noisy hotel room neighbors, an eye mask and ear plugs are an imperative for good sleep. I also now keep a swim suit in the bag. I never like to miss an opportunity for a relaxing swim. That's about it. Marriott does a pretty good job of seeing to my comfort.
Do you just love the hotel bathrooms where when you turn off the lights, there's an under-the-cupboard night light? They had them at the Mayflower in DC prior to the renovation and I have also encountered them at JW's. They have them at the Renaissance Il Ciocco too.
Most definitely, aberwarn! My family and friends think I'm crazy for bringing one with me, especially when flying, but you can never under estimate the power of a good blow dryer and hairstyle.
I just purchased a Roku Stick myself and am excited to test it out on the road. Is the transition from TV to TV as seamless as they say, vaboywnder?
Yeah at most Marriott properties its very seamless by just plugging it into the HDMI port. The updated Roku software now makes it easy to to connect to the hotel Wifi. At some hotels the TV remote control does not have a way of changing the input to the HDMI connection. Most of the time you can do it directly on the TV or download a remote control app on your smart phone. I keep an LG remote app on my phone as most properties use LG TVs.
Another nice feature of the Roku stick is you can mirror content from your smart phone or tablet directly to the TV.
muppetwrangler - I love this question! I bring a ziplock bag with my Earl Grey teabags and some Stevia packets. I always enjoy a cup of tea first thing in the morning, and I don't want to wait until I am dressed and in the lounge. I also bring my flip-flops or Birkenstock sandals, because they make my feet feel better walking around in the room. Once upon a time, I kept earplugs in my bag for noisy neighbors, but haven't needed those in quite some time. Lastly, I try to run 3 or 4 days a week, so I'll bring an ice-pack for my knee afterwards. I like the tips in this thread!
As those of you who were at the TIPPLE know my flip flops are standard wear so they are always in the roll-a-board.
Otherwise, I really don't take anything else to make the stay more comfortable. Oh yes I do, an old pair of basketball shorts (you know the kind old, baggy and well worn) and tank top to lounge around the room.....but never wear that to the CL.
carat all the RI we have stayed have coffee in the rooms so maybe you've been to the Motel 6 RI. Now granted the coffee in the room is equal to drinking an old soda where all the carbonation has left the can.
Haha! Who wants to drink flat soda or stale coffee, IAHFLYR? That's not to say I haven't had the in room coffee, I just prefer to have that first cup of joe be one I'm familiar with.
I bring plug-in nightlights and keep a notecard with "nightlight" on it clothespinned to my hanging toiletry bag. I do the same thing if I put something in the safe. I have never forgotten a nightlight or the contents of the safe.
If we drive, I always bring my pillow. The fold-up bag that some of us got to try out out for the Townplace Suites/Container Store promotion is perfect for carrying my pillow. Sometimes I even bring it when we fly if I check a bag. If I don't bring my pillow, I will bring my own pillowcase.
We used to bring a fan, but have gotten out of the habit for some reason. I need to get back in the habit. When we did bicycle trips in Europe, we would purchase a small fan when we arrived and give it away when we left.
I also bring an assortment of zip lock bags, safety pins, band-aids, duct tape, scotch tape, clothespins, highlighters, paper clips, ear plugs (for noisy neighbors and/or snoring husband), scissors, paper towels, plastic cutlery, paring knife (if I check a bag), antibacterial wipes (also use these to wipe armrests, seat buckle, tray table, and touch screen on an airplane) and an old pair of glasses I can still see out of in case I lose my good ones. None of these things take up much room and keep us from having to make an unexpected trip to the store.
Pillow - Like to sleep on my own. Flashlight - never know if there is going to be a power outage. - Roku stick - fun to chat with home folks about shows we watch together. Disinfectant wipes - enough said. And when I am staying at a place that supplies breakfast, Ezechial bread for my morning toast.
I'll almost always have a bottle of water with me (in case the hotel charges for the in-room bottles).
Other than that, I try to bring as little with me as possible. Anything I know I can get from the hotel for free, I don't bring with me. I find my rooms to usually be fairly comfortable.
Closest I can get to my must need item is my cell phone, but that never gets left behind. After that would be my laptop, but i usually don't bring that (except on longer trips) because I can do everything from my phone.
If I'm not flying, I'll often have my leatherman with me, as I find it's just convenient to have all the time.