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Tips & Tricks when traveling. Plus earn freebies through social media.

Earn freebies through social media.

Be sure to check your hotel’s social media pages before staying. Sometimes, if you check-in via a social media app, you can get a discount. Or, you might be able to use a certain hashtag that gives you perks when you check-in. YAY Free!

Close that annoying gap in your blackout curtains.

YEP! Blackout curtains. They are gifts from the heavens for those of us who like to sleep in the dark. Use those little clips on the hangers found in the closet to secure the curtains closed. Sleep well!

Keep the power on while you’re away.

Many newly-designed hotels require you to keep your key card in a slot to have the power on inside your room. To keep the lights or A/C on while you’re away, simply slip any card in the slot to ensure a nice cool room upon your return. Ahhh a/c is our friend!

Stream your favorite shows on the hotel TV.

“Can’t wait to see your favorite shows? Stream shows in your hotel room. Use Apple TV, Chromecast or a similar device. As long as the hotel room has Wi-Fi and the TV has an HDMI input, you can easily stream shows from your phone, tablet, or laptop. Also handy for work trips — if your small screen isn’t cutting it, you can enlarge your work via the wireless streaming device. Family time should be so easy!

Create a speaker with a coffee mug.

Listen to some tunes while you get ready. Use the hotel coffee mug to create a makeshift speaker. Just drop your phone inside and you’re good to go! WOW that actually works!

Use duct tape to childproof your room.

Always keep some duct tape handy. You can cover outlets, tape down loose cords, and tape washcloths to sharp corners. 1,001 uses for duct tape & counting, just call me Mr/Mrs MacGyver!

Be your own room service.

Many hotels will charge a fee for room service. Avoid this by simply going down to the hotel’s restaurant and ordering it to go. Now I'll have beer money 😀

Pack dirty shoes in a shower cap.

Use the motel shower cap to store your dirty shoes before packing them in your suitcase. Place the soles down inside the cap and now your clothes won’t get any dirt or grime on them.

Multi-uses for conditioner

Conditioner is often supplied in your hotel room and it can do so much more than just moisturize your hair. You can use it as a makeup remover, cuticle cream, or shaving cream too. MacGyver strikes again!

Get free water from the gym.

Does your hotel gym offer free water from a water dispenser? Make sure you fill up your water bottle there before you leave. You could use the gym too, you know!

Offer them a review.

When you’re checking in, ask if they’re on TripAdvisor or any other social media and that you’d love to leave them a positive review. Sometimes, they’ll provide you with an upgrade, free breakfast, or other perks. YAY Free!

Use the ironing board for extra dining space.

If the entire family is sharing a hotel room, there isn’t a lot of space to sit down and eat. Turn the hotel room ironing board into a makeshift dining table. Just throw down a towel for a tablecloth and use the bed as a bench. Plus, it adjusts in height. 5 star dinning!

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