Summer Travel: Your Hotel ‘Home’
Your hotel will be your home-away-from-home when you travel. Here are some tips so make it a more comfortable stay for everyone:
Make sure you have enough room for everyone; you don’t want to feel like you’re in cramped quarters. If you have older kids, consider getting adjoining rooms, so that you have more than one bathroom for everyone. It’s nice to have a room that has a patio, or balcony, some way that you can get some fresh air into the place. Also look for a room with a kitchenette so you can save money on breakfasts. Make sure the refrigerator is plugged in, turned on, and set to cold.
Choose a hotel with a pool so you can get outside and have some downtime, and cool-off time, after a long day of site-seeing.
If you have younger kids, make sure the room is childproofed.
Stock up on tourist brochures. Bring them home to cut out photos and include in your scrapbooks.
Check out the TV situation. Some hotels charge for video games and movies. If you don’t want the kids running up a tab, check with the front desk about shutting off these options.
Use your car for storage. You don’t need to bring all of the suitcases in at one time – just take out what you’ll need for a day or two and give yourself more move-around space in the room.
Bring night-lights for the bathrooms. It helps kids, and parents, find their way around in the middle of the night.