Saturday, March 12, 2016

Travel Habits

When you travel, you bring certain habits with you on the road. 

Normally you'll sleep on the same side of the bed as you do at home, you wake up around that same time as you normally do (unless you're hungover) and if you crush a six pack at home each evening you'll typically do the same when you travel (forgetting about the future hangover).
BEFORE - I can't see a thing on TV..... AFTER - All fixed

I have been known to redecorate a hotel room from desks to alarm clocks, nothing is off limits. I'm that much of a creature of habit.  

Recently I read the article  Do You Use the Closet or Drawers in a Hotel Room? by Brian Cohen and it got me thinking about my travel habits when it comes to clothing. At home, we do what I call production laundry, if you want to stress test a washer or dryer send it here. *** Side note -  apparently our washer blows a bearing at 23 towels. When laundry is clean it gets put away, closet or drawer it doesn't matter.

When I travel I unpack the same way every single day. As soon as I get in my room immediately the "Do Not Disturb" sign goes on the door, I'm a big boy I don't need someone to clean up after me each day. Next the Dopp Kit goes in the bathroom. Then clothing, dress pants and shirts get hung up, if they're wrinkled 10 minutes in the bathroom with the steam from the hot water running usually fixes it. The next days undershirt, socks & underwear gets placed on the counter. This procedure is usually repeated nightly, unless it's a 1:00 AM hotel check-in, and then you get what you get.

For the most part I hold true to this system when I travel for work or vacation. I know that if I start shoving stuff in drawers I'll forget it the next morning when I pack up and leave. Case and point, last month on vacation I mistakenly hung up all my clothes in the closet, next morning I packed as I usually do and then four hours up the road I realized what had happened, thank you Fed-Ex & Walmart.

I also try not to litter bedspreads with anything, phone chargers, socks or belts because it's easy for a bedspread to get turned back and cover up all of that stuff. 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
The balance between habits at home and on the road can be a tricky one, but like most things in life it can be made to work.

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