As I take a look at what I pack each time I take a trip, I realize that one item in particular is pretty weird. Now that I think of it, given how many nights each year I’m in hotels, taking only one weird item might not be as weird as I think it is. I figure if I take unusual items when I travel, others must do the same thing. It relates to my hotel pet peeve.
The expression “misery loves company” doesn’t apply here, because after all, with the advantages we miles and points people have, what’s to feel miserable about? But it sure would help me feel better if I knew you all took some weird necessary items along with you when you travel!
So I’ll start by telling you mine.
For a while now, I’ve been mystified and frustrated by the bathroom designs I see in some hotels. It’s not one particular chain, and I even see this in boutique and one-off hotels. Why don’t they give us towel hooks in the bathrooms? Maybe even towel racks? Am I asking for too much here? What are they thinking I should do with my towels?
In this hotel I stayed in when I went to Slovenia, as you can see from the photos, not one hook or rack. I loved Slovenia and the hotel, but couldn’t make sense of the bathroom design. There’s plenty of room on the bathroom walls and on the back of the door. What’s really odd is that in this hotel, on the wall near the bed are these two hooks. What was the designer thinking? I’ve long thought people who design hotel rooms don’t stay in them 🙁
So I’ve taken to traveling with towel hooks of my own. After all, it is my hotel pet peeve. At first, I thought I’d use hooks and then leave them for the next guest, but that’s sorta like defacing property. I use hooks that attach with suction, and then take them with me when I leave.
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There are other quirky bathroom and room designs that I don’t get.
I can’t bring a drill with me to install a peephole in the door because the height of the peephole is for people over six feet tall. And I can’t travel with extra light bulbs or lamps so I have enough light to work by. But I can easily fit a few travel hooks with me on trips, now can’t I?
OK, your turn. That’s my hotel pet peeve but it may not be yours. What’s the weirdest item you bring with you that makes your travels more comfortable? I promise, I won’t tell anyone else!
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