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Tip 53: Travel with a LED nightlight

Hotel rooms are very dark at night and it can be very disorienting to wake up in a strange room.  Traveling with a night light can be comforting for kids and useful for adults who need to get up in the middle of the night.  The new LED night lights eliminate the fear of having a broken light bulb in your luggage.

 

 

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Tip 52: Join Hotel Loyalty Programs

Hotels are competing for your business and reward loyalty.  Sign up for free hotel loyalty programs and be sure to list your loyalty number on each reservation.  In addition to earning free night stays, you may also be eligible for valuable room upgrades and free amenities.  Even if you rarely stay in hotels, your loyalty number could earn you free bottled water, free Wi-Fi, free parking or even a late check out.

 

 

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Tip 47: Room key turns on electrify in many global hotels

Many hotel rooms in Europe, Mexico and beyond require the room key to be placed into a receptacle to power the room on. This is brilliant for energy savings, but it takes some getting used to.

In Germany, I had to make two different trips to the desk to request a new key as I walked out without mine. Shame on me…but I often leave my TV on when I am leaving the room so that habit overrode the one to check for my key in my purse before I walked out. :/. Thankfully this receptacle is most always right by the front door so it should be a good reminder before you head out.

As a hint, if you need to use your key (maybe someone else in your room needs to go somewhere and needs a key later), often – but not always – you can also slide the envelope for your key in this slot as a placeholder.

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Tip 46: Don’t rely on airport or hotel USB ports

Maybe it is just my luck, but the airport USBs never work. Even though they are now placed in very convenient spots around the seats at the gates, they are usually broken or don’t seem to be getting electricity. The best bet to avoid this problem in a hotel room, train station or airport is to carry the socket part so you can use good ole outlets rather than hoping you’ll find a working USB port.