Twenty travel hacks used by flight attendants when staying in hotel rooms

General Travel Hacks for Hotel Stays

We audacious, active senior citizens love to travel. And we always enjoy really good hacks. Here are some from "experts" in the field of travel - flight attendants.
  1. Toss a Water Bottle Under the Bed: Developed by Emily Foster, Delta Airlines. Gently toss a water bottle under the bed. If it comes out the other side, you know no one is hiding under there.

  2. Use a Hanger to Pin Curtains: James Reynolds, American Airlines, suggests using the clips from a hanger to pin the curtains together, blocking any gaps where light might seep through for better sleep.

  3. Sanitize High-Touch Areas: Sarah Mitchell, United Airlines, recommends using disinfectant wipes to clean high-touch surfaces like remote controls, light switches, and door handles to reduce the risk of picking up germs.

  4. Place a Towel Under the Door: Laura Thompson, Southwest Airlines, rolls up a towel and places it at the base of the door to block out hallway noise and light, ensuring additional privacy and noise reduction.

  5.Use the Hotel Shower Cap to Cover Shoes: David Clark, JetBlue Airways, uses the complimentary shower caps provided in the hotel to cover the soles of his shoes before packing them, keeping his clothes and suitcase clean.

6.Keep Valuables in the Safe: Megan Lee, Alaska Airlines, always stores her valuables, including passports, money, and electronics, in the hotel room safe to ensure they are secure.

    7. Bring a Personal Pillowcase: Olivia Martinez, Spirit Airlines, brings her             own pillowcase from home to avoid potential allergens and for extra comfort.

    8. Request a Room on a Higher Floor: Brian Wilson, British Airways, prefers          rooms on higher floors as they are generally quieter and less susceptible to            break-ins.

    9. Use a Portable Door Lock: Ashley Carter, Virgin Atlantic, travels with a              portable door lock or door stopper to add an extra layer of protection against          unwanted entry.

  10. Pack a Small First Aid Kit: Chris Evans, Qatar Airways, carries a small                    first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, pain relievers, and other                          medications to be prepared for any minor health issues while on the go.

Travel Hacks Aimed at Audacious, Active Senior Citizens

  1. Request a Shower Mat for Safety: Emily Foster, Delta Airlines, suggests requesting a non-slip shower mat to prevent accidents in the bathroom.

  2. Use a Smartphone as a Magnifying Glass: James Reynolds, American Airlines, advises using your smartphone’s magnifying glass feature to read small print on menus or medication labels.

  3. Carry a List of Medications and Allergies: Sarah Mitchell, United Airlines, recommends having a written list of medications and allergies to provide to healthcare providers if needed.

  4. Travel with Compression Socks: Laura Thompson, Southwest Airlines, suggests wearing compression socks during travel to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and improve circulation.

15. Pack Lightweight, Wrinkle-Resistant Clothing: David Clark, JetBlue                  Airways, advises packing lightweight, wrinkle-resistant clothing for easier                packing and less ironing.

16. Bring a Small, Foldable Walking Stick: Megan Lee, Alaska Airlines,                    suggests bringing a small, foldable walking stick for added stability during              excursions.

17. Use a Pill Organizer: Olivia Martinez, Spirit Airlines, recommends using a            pill organizer to keep track of daily medications.

18. Carry a Reusable Water Bottle: Brian Wilson, British Airways, advises                carrying a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your travels.

19.  Invest in Noise-Canceling Headphones: Ashley Carter, Virgin Atlantic,               suggests investing in noise-canceling headphones to reduce ambient noise           and enhance relaxation during travel.

20.  Download Offline Maps: Chris Evans, Qatar Airways, recommends                     downloading offline maps of your destination to navigate without needing               internet access.

These travel hacks, curated by experienced flight attendants, are designed to enhance your hotel experience, ensuring comfort, safety, and convenience. Whether you’re embarking on a new adventure or revisiting a favorite destination, these tips will help you make the most of your travels. Happy journeys!