Travel Tips: Sharing Hotel Rooms

To close out my “travel etiquette mini series” I am shifting my focus from air travel to the hotel. Whether you are on a trip with friends, traveling for work, or visiting family, it is likely you will be sharing a hotel room with others. So, how do you get through a few days with a new found roommate?

  1. Be courteous of your roommate’s sleeping habits
    • If you tend to stay up late, but your roommate goes to sleep early:
      • Keep the lights low and the noise level even lower.
      • If you like to read before bed, I suggest bringing a small clip-on reading lamp. Kudos to those hotels who now have the mini light next to the bed!
      • If you are someone who watches TV to fall asleep, be sure to watch it on your laptop/tablet/iPad using headphones.
      • Put your phone on vibrate/silent.
    • If you tend to wake up early, but your roommate sleeps in later:
      • Put aside your outfit and toiletries the night before so you are not making noise as you rummage through your bag in the morning.
      • Set your alarm with a “peaceful” ringtone at a reasonable volume, and when it goes off, be sure to wake up rather than hit snooze repeatedly.
      • Once you are awake, avoid turning on the lights in the main room. If you need assistance finding your way around, simply use the light on your phone.
      • When using the bathroom, ensure you close the door all the way before turning on the light.
      • If you exit the room, close the door gently.
  2. Share the bathroom
    • It is perfectly fine to leave your toiletries in the bathroom; however, do not take over the entire counter or leave your things messy. Keep your things to one side/corner.
    • Ensure you both have enough time to get ready. Most hotels have a mirror outside the bathroom so for those of us who need to put on makeup or fix our hair, use that area instead of hogging of the bathroom.
    • Ask before claiming the hotel toiletries for yourself. If you both need them, simply call the front desk or housekeeping and ask for additional items.
    • In regards to cleanliness, ensure you rinse out the sink, flush the toilet, and clean up any hairs that may have strayed from brushing or shaving.
  3. Be aware of your own habits
    • Do you snore at night? If so, bring some earplugs for your roommate. If your snoring is truly bad, you will want to let your roommate know ahead of time.
    • Do you sleep in the freezing cold or prefer to be warm and toasty? Compromise on a temperature for the room and bring pajamas that can be versatile for any temperature.
    • Do you use products with a heavy smell? You may be used to them after every day use, but remember you are in a small space. Try not to go overboard on products and fragrances.

We are all creatures of habit and when we travel, our habits become more apparent to us. Ensure you are being a courteous roommate and do not takeover as if the space is your own.

Safe travels y’all!

AB

How to Be a Good Roommate

As part of Week 2 of The DC Ladies Blogtober, today’s writing prompt is your “Favorite Back to School Memory.” My mind immediately went to picking out my first day of school outfit, prepping my Lilly Pulitzer agenda, organizing all my school supplies, and anxiously reading through my syllabi. Those are certainly a few of my favorite back to school activities, but my ultimate favorite back to school memory was moving back in with my roommates after the summer break! Today, I am sharing my tips on how to be a good roommate.

  1. Be Courteous
    • If you are going to invite people over or have guests stay overnight/for the weekend, be sure to ask your roommate and let him/her know of your plans.
    • Keep the noise level down – If your roommate is studying, working from home/after hours, or sleeping, do not make a ruckus.
      • If you are watching a TV show or movie, close your door or keep the volume low if you are in the common area.
      • If you are listening to music, use headphones.
      • If you are in the kitchen, avoid rearranging the pots and pans while cooking.
    • Unless asked by your roommate to go get something, do not go into your roommate’s room or personal things.
    • On a safety note: If you do not plan to come home one evening, are going out town, or will be coming in very late, let your roommate know. It is always good to have someone know where you are, but you also do not want to scare your roommate by not showing up or coming in extremely late.
  2. Keep Your Place Neat and Tidy
    • This is especially true for the common areas and if you share a bathroom!
    • Common Area/Living Room:
      • If you use blankets, pillows, etc. or rearrange the furniture for an evening, be sure to put things back as they were once you are done.
      • Use coasters! It helps to prevent drink stains on coffee and end tables.
      • Share your magazines/books! If you are not going to keep them, put them on the coffee table for your roommates and guests to look at.
      • If you have people over, clean up. If you spill or break something, clean up. No one likes to clean up someone else’s mess.
    • If you share a bathroom:
      • Do not leave things laying all over the countertop.
      • Do not hog all the space on the shower caddy/shelving.
      • Clip your nails over the trashcan.
      • Swifter/Vacuum the floor (especially if you are a girl with long hair… shedding happens).
      • Wash out the sink after you brush your teeth. No one likes dried toothpaste globs!
      • Clean the mirror.
      • Empty the trash (especially if it’s “that” time ladies).
  3. The Kitchen
    • Do not eat food that is not your’s unless your roommate has said you can have some.
      • With that said, if you are making dinner or snacks, ask your roommate to join you for meals! Share your recipes!
    • Clean up your dirty dishes and cookware. Do not leave things sitting on the counter or in the sink for prolonged periods of time.
    • If you use a dishrack instead of a dishwasher, be sure to put your things away when they are dry. A cluttered dishrack does not help your cleaning process.
    • Clean the countertops and appliances after you use them.
    • If you need to borrow a utensil or appliance that is not your’s, be sure to ask first.
  4. Share the Chores
    • Make a list of regular chores (taking out the trash, vacuuming, unloading the dishwahser, cleaning the bathroom, etc.) and alternate responsibilities.
    • For common items (toilet paper, trash bags, etc.) and cleaning supplies, alternate who buys it each month (or however often).
  5. Decorating
    • Before moving in, be sure to discuss who is bringing what. Unless you plan on living together for a very long time, I would avoid splitting the cost for new things. When you move out, it can get complicated as to “who owns what,” especially if it is large pieces of furniture.
    • Do not hang anything in the common area without talking to your roommate first.
    • Before you rearrange the furniture, ask your roommate if he/she has any ideas for a new arrangement.
    • Be culturally sensitive, especially when it comes to the holidays. If you celebrate different holidays, decorate for all of them!

Overall, be courteous and remember you are sharing your living space. Do not do anything you would not want done to you or your things. Whether you are in college or post-grad, I hope these tips help you to live succesfully and comfortably with a roommate.

Enjoy your roommate and have fun together!

Sparkle On,

Alexandra