When you come to stay at a hotel, usually all that you want are the basics: to relax, watch a movie on TV, get a good night’s sleep, enjoy some delicious English breakfast in the morning, maybe get some advice about what interesting sites there are to see nearby. The last thing that should be on your mind is how uncomfortable you are.

It shouldn’t take 5 stars for a hotel to provide the basics and make you feel welcome. However, the sad reality is that far from every hotel you stay at will be up to your standards. Luckily, people have come up with plenty of life hacks while you stay at hotels, especially bad ones. And one person’s hotel hack to get rid of the annoying gap between the curtains inspired others to share their own tips and tricks.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of hotel hacks to improve your stay and help you circumnavigate bad experiences as best you can. So scroll down, upvote your fave hacks, and share them with your friends. And be sure to leave us a comment with any hotel hacks that you might know as well.

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Wulcie Dood
Community Member
11 months ago

that my friend, is great advise

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#2

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
11 months ago

Except hangers don't come off the closet rod anymore.....

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Rissie
Community Member
11 months ago

Now that's good to be prepared for.

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When Rick Klau shared the hack where you can use a hanger to close the blackout curtains in your hotel room, the internet’s response was phenomenal. The hack was liked 396,700 times and retweeted 71,500 times. Klau’s post inspired other social media users to share their own hotel hacks, and some of them are brilliant in their simplicity.

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Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

I always carry individually wrapped antiseptic wipes. As a dog owner I've found them to be a very good idea just generally.. The packaging can be recyled on these. EDIT: and the wipes are as well with the ones I use. I only mentioned packaging as I was looking at that large plastic container in the photo.

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#5

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Daria B
Community Member
11 months ago

That power splitter looks very concerned.

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#6

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Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
11 months ago

I've never been in a hotel where you had to turn on the electricity in the room. Where does this happen?

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Bored Panda interviewed Dr. Gabor Forgacs from Ryerson University about the hotel industry, as well as the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

“Technology is offered as an option for convenience but not as a replacement for service. Automated check-ins and wake up calls etc. are fine, however, it is a guest preference to choose them as a lot of guests appreciate the human interaction instead. Technology is used to expedite service (curbside check-in, messaging, digital coupons, etc.) not replacing it.”

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
11 months ago

This is an anywhere hack. I do this at home :)

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#8

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Herb Eaversmells
Community Member
11 months ago

Or simply call the front desk and ask for a,bottle opener...

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morgan jeffries
Community Member
11 months ago

I always bring a bag with me for that purpose

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“How we leverage our data is important for hoteliers. We have a data-rich operational environment and we have to walk a fine line in terms of using our data sources for improving service without invading guest privacy and respecting sensitivities," Dr. Forgacs said.

“The philosophy of old school hoteliers, and I am one, still rules: we see everything, we know anything about our guests but never disclose anything, never reveal what we know and keep all that to ourselves. Best hoteliers are unassuming, discreet and highly knowledgeable.”

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Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
11 months ago

They always throw away any of the small soaps that remain so you might as well take those. Hotels need to stop providing these things in mini plastic containers for the sake of the planet.

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#11

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Kaisu
Community Member
11 months ago

I've never had a hotel room with an ironing board in it

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#12

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

This was neccesary in times of bad WiFi. Hotels that still have individual access points in rooms might overhaul their technology...

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#13

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Jo Choto
Community Member
11 months ago

But I WANT it to blow directly on me.

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#14

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Kaisu
Community Member
11 months ago

What's this terrifying fear for hotel remotes? I've never had one that's particularly dirty, and it's not the only thing other people have touched yet people seem to freak out about it

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#15

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Edward Doherty
Community Member
11 months ago

In what fucking universe is that easier than just using the cup normally?

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#16

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Mimi M
Community Member
11 months ago

And also, one where the outlets fit the configuration of the plugs that you use (American, European, whatever). Better than having to depend on getting multiple adapters for each of your devices. If the plug on the strip doesn't fit the wall outlet, you can get just one adapter at the front desk.

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Radek Suski
Community Member
11 months ago

What hotel has doors like that? I never seen a gap between doors and the floor

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#18

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Radek Suski
Community Member
11 months ago

Must be an American thing. We use real glasses and cups

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#19

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eliana
Community Member
11 months ago

i wouldnt put something over a heater....

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#20

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
11 months ago

is this a "hack" or just common sense

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#21

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Janine B.
Community Member
11 months ago

Or just don't pick hotels with no hygienic standards. Never had a sticky remote in my rooms, no matter if cheap or expensive hotels. Cleaning should not be a matter of price.

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

As said above: do not stay in hotels with sticky TV remotes.

Mimi M
Community Member
11 months ago

They don't have to be sticky or 'dirty' to have germs on them.

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Taryn Wallace
Community Member
11 months ago

This is kinda funny to me.... people have been touching hotel remotes for many years and as far as I know no one has ever died from it.....or even gotten sick (at least not enough for it to be reported) .....just wash your hands and go along your Mary way. Why be soooo worried about every germ.... how clean do you think that mattress is???

Tacitus86
Community Member
11 months ago

Y'all might just have a germaphobe problem...

Panda Kicki
Community Member
11 months ago

I sort of feel a deja vu vibe here.. Maybe put all dirty remote-fobia posts in one? Also amazed to all new concepts, bag for ice was a new one, only seen buckets.

Jace
Community Member
11 months ago

This sure is a popular issue...

Jo Browne
Community Member
11 months ago

Antiseptic wipes work well

L McN
Community Member
11 months ago

Jeesh, how many bad remotes have you seen? So many comments on the remote, and even the cheap hotels are good about cleaning them. How about the toilet seat? Sheets? FRIDGE?!?!?!

Dirk Van Troyen
Community Member
11 months ago

It's weird how in the US (where I believe this "hack" came from) people are obsessing over "germs", while overlooking the quality of their food (and the amount they eat). Must be a freedom thing. Who ever got sick from touching a remote? And yes I know how bacteria work.

GFSTaylor
Community Member
11 months ago

Or just use the remote like a normal person and wash your hands at intervals. Unless you're immuno-compromised, your body can cope with the majority of germs and your immune system will benefit from being challenged.

April Vereb
Community Member
11 months ago

omg people...stay at sleezy hotels much? you get what you pay for...just sayin

Redfox
Community Member
11 months ago

Wasn't this #21 but now with an educational photo for those who just do not understand the logic?

Annette Rainbow
Community Member
11 months ago

Again just wipe with alcohol wipes

Sue Sanders
Community Member
11 months ago

We've become a germophobic society. Do we have more germs now than in the past century, or even half a century? Are we encouraged to go around disinfecting every blasted hand-held or hand-touch item we encounter? What a life! And is the number of human lives this outrageous precaution saves worth all the worry and fuss and discussion?

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
11 months ago

It's the most touched thing in the room. Of course it will have someone's germs on it. Do you think the maids wipe door knobs and light switches? I doubt it.

Magic lady
Community Member
11 months ago

Where are you people staying?? In over 40 years of traveling I have never come across a sticky, nasty untouchable remote. If I did you bet I would be on the phone to the front desk immediately requesting them to take action asap.

Lisa Holman
Community Member
11 months ago

People really wigged about the remote.

Azziza
Community Member
11 months ago

What do you then put your ice in?

Stimpy
Community Member
11 months ago

Are people afraid of these, simply because other guests touch them a lot? Then war about light switches and doorhandles. Why is nobody disgusted from them?

Rabite
Community Member
11 months ago

Wtf with the ice bag?

A Bringhurst
Community Member
11 months ago

Seriously doubt ANY hotel cleans their remotes. It doesn't have to be "sticky" to be covered in germs.

Liam Walsh
Community Member
11 months ago

Why don't people understand how germs work?

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Mark CM
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11 months ago

I'd love to sneeze on you and watch you slowly die.

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#23

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Hans
Community Member
11 months ago

This is exactly what the hotel chains want you to do. Usually, it means thta you do not pick by quality and price andmore but by brand. Maximizing a hotel program usually is only worth it if you stay in hotels A LOT and/or if you can status match with other loyality programs, like that of airlines. Which again make only sense if you travel a lot. From my experience, there is little sense below 25 nights a year.

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#24

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Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
11 months ago

Small point but it will take you longer to get out when the fire alarm goes off (happened twice in hotels I've stayed in).

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"Please be careful not to cover any air holes so you don't disable the detector. Please remove the tape in the morning so maintenance can inspect the detector."

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Jessica
Community Member
11 months ago

Y'all should have these in your home...and should just ne used to the light. If not buy a sleeping eye mask...problem.solved amd you dont have to put tape on something that could save your life!!!

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