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6 Cheap Items to Enhance Your Next Hotel Stay

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | October 20, 2015

6 Cheap Items to Enhance Your Next Hotel Stay

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You've made reservations. You've packed your bags. The only things missing are these six overlooked items sure to enhance your stay regardless of where you're going. 

Power Strip

Whether you need to charge multiple devices or get work done from your hotel room, a power strip is certain to come in handy. Not only are they relatively cheap, costing as little as $10 in some cases, but they are extremely convenient.

Just connect your cords to the power strip and find an outlet in your room. Boom, no more throwing your back out to swap plugs back and forth between outlets.


Traveling with an empty cooler is no fun at all, but a soft lunch box-sized cooler can easily be packed away inside a suitcase or other luggage. And if you're hotel room lacks a refrigerator, a cooler can come in handy in not only keeping beverages at the right temperature, but preventing food from spoiling.

Now you can bring that doggie bag back to the room without fear of stinking up the place. 


Sure, a cooler and earplugs sound like a pair of items you would bring to a NASCAR event. But the truth is that the latter can make a big difference in the quality of your stay if you find yourself in a room along a busy street or in close proximity to noisy neighbors.

Headphones are great for music, but if it's shut-eye you're after, earplugs will serve you much better. Just fire up a white noise generator and step aboard the bus to snoozetown.


It sounds simple, but a scented candle can turn any room into a place where you actually want to be. Whether using it to calm your senses in the shower or bath after a long day or letting it burn on your desk to reduce stress throughout the day, don't be afraid to relax.

Plus, a candle is also an easy way to enhance a romantic hotel stay.

Yankee Candle is arguably the most recognizable brand out there, but the truth is any candle will do the trick. Just be sure to check with the front desk and use common sense before putting your candle to use. 

Portable Lock

While your belongings, including valuables, are typically safe and sound inside your hotel room, a convenient portable laptop lock is one way to put your mind at ease once you've left your room.

Like a power strip, this travel gadget isn't going to break the bank, with most options running about $15. A portable lock can also come in handy while traveling after you've left the hotel, especially at airports and other public locations. 


Let's face it, a hotel room can get boring, especially when traveling alone. So instead of staring aimlessly at the television or slowly emptying the mini bar, take a few minutes to reflect. 

They say writing can be therapeutic. But if nothing else, it's a relaxing and often productive alternative to ordering another round of room service. And with all the typing we do, it's nice to put your thoughts on paper from time to time. 

You can pay for an empty journal or notebook with pocket change, so even if you find written reflection isn't for you, you won't be kicking yourself later. 


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