10 Ways to Make Any Hotel Room Healthier
Enjoy your stay
Wherever you’re staying, these easy moves will make your visit better for you, according to Athletic Minded Traveler co-founder Jim Kaese.
Ask for a nonsmoking floor when making your reservation.
Not an option? Request a nonsmoking room.
Just say no to the minibar key when checking in. You’ll save cash—and calories.
Toss the bed cover
Bedspreads are notorious havens for dust mites (and worse). Stash it in the corner of the room.
Wipe down the TV remote and telephone with an antibacterial wipe before first use.
Avoid the reusable glasses, even if they have a paper cover on top (plastic sealed cups are preferable).
Bring your own snacks
Keeping fruit (banana, apple), bottled water, and nuts or trail mix in your room helps ensure that you don’t overdo it when eating out.
Make white noise
Invest in a portable “soft-noise maker” if you’re a super-light sleeper.
Do a renovation check
Renovations are likely to be loud, and may stir up dirt and dust, so call ahead to make sure parts of the hotel aren’t under construction.
Unexpected maintenance? Ask to switch to a room farther away from the upkeep.
Note the exits
Because you’re in unfamiliar territory, take a few minutes to check out the exits closest to your room, just as a precaution.