1. Use The Kettle Or Coffee Maker To Cook Small Meals
For hotel stays that don’t come with complimentary breakfast, you can boil some eggs in the kettle or coffee maker. The coffee filter basket can be used to steam a small serving of vegetables too.
Heat up food or make a grilled cheese sandwich on the coffee maker’s warming plate, but be considerate and use an aluminium foil for hygiene purposes.
2. Use The TV USB Plug To Charge Your Phone
Hotel rooms these days don’t come with enough wall plugs but if you’re lucky enough, the hotel’s TV might just have a USB port for you to plug in another device.
Alternatively, get a travel adaptor with USB ports so you can charge multiple devices at once.
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3. Use A Hanger To Close A Curtain Gap
Feeling the jet lag and need to nap, but the curtains don’t seem to close fully? Blackout the room entirely by clipping the curtain gap with a trouser hanger, which can be found in the hotel room’s wardrobe.
If there isn’t one in the hotel room, you can always pack a clothes peg in your luggage, which doesn’t take up a lot of space and weight.
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4. Turn The Bathroom Into A Private Sauna
A night’s stay in a Japanese ryokan will set you back about 7,000 yen ($88) to 110,000 yen per person. Save the money for better use and turn your bathroom into a private sauna by closing the bathroom door for a couple of minutes while the hot water runs in the tub.
Enjoy the hot steam, soak your sore feet from all the exploring in the tub, and feel your tiredness melt away. For a completely relaxing experience, add your favourite essential oil and turn up some zen music with the cup speaker hack as mentioned above.
Tip: While you’re at it, get wrinkles out of your clothes at the same time when you hang it in the bathroom filled with hot steam.
5. Make Your Own Scrub
Some hotels charge for coffee and tea from the minibar, but sugar sachets are free.
Turn sugar into a quick homemade scrub by adding a little water and making it into a slurry paste.
Gently rub the sugary paste on your lips or body and it’ll leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling sweet right after the delightful private sauna hack.
6. Create Your Own Dehumidifier
If you find yourself waking up with a dry throat or suffering from sinus, this quick solution will keep the hotel room from being too dry.
Wet a towel with water and hang it as close to the aircon as possible to keep the room nice and soothing.
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7. Get Hot Water With A Coffee Machine
Some hotel rooms have upgraded its coffee makers to Nespresso machines, but sadly you’ll have to pay for the coffee capsules. Apart from brewing coffee, use the Nespresso machine to get instant hot water rather than wait for a couple of minutes for a full pot of kettle to boil.
It can be used to cook instant oatmeals or fix up a bowl of cup noodles for a quick snack before you head out for a day of sightseeing.
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8. Cook Or Reheat Food Using An Iron Or Hair Dryer
In case the hotel room doesn’t provide a coffee maker or has upgraded it to a coffee machine, an iron can be used in place of the coffee maker’s warming plate.
Don’t belittle the iron. In this video, Miss Mina, a food and travel vlogger, tried making scrambled eggs in the hotel room. The hairdryer comes in handy too to help speed up the cooking process.
Screengrab from Youtube
9. Turn The Ironing Board Into A Makeshift Table
Bring out the ironing board and use as a makeshift table if there isn’t a desk in the hotel room. Miss Mina used it as a prep table as seen in the aforementioned video. It might be a little flimsy to hold anything heavy, so refrain from putting anything fragile on top.