Now that summer is here, it’s time to start spending more time out of the office and traveling to our favorite vacation destinations! If travel is on the agenda, you may be booking hotel rooms for vacation. Traveling can be fun, but some may have a more difficult time than others, especially when it comes to allergies and other issues that may come about in hotels. Here are a few tips for handling allergies and other problems that may arise during a hotel stay.
WATCH OUT FOR BEDBUGS
Hotels and motels are favorite hangout spots for these pests. Bed bugs are on the rise in these locations, so be cautious when spending the night in a hotel room. Bedbugs can cause severe itching and it’s crucial to get rid of them before they have the chance to follow you home. Before checking out the view from your room’s window or dumping your luggage and heading out on the town, do a bedbug check. Store luggage in the bathroom, as the bugs don’t care for the hard, tile floors. It’s also recommended that you avoid storing luggage on the ground, as bedbugs can easily jump into your belongings. Pull back the linens on the beds, glance at other furniture in the room and check for small black dots. These critters are about the size of an apple seed and can easily be overlooked, so always examine the room thoroughly in case you miss any. If you are suspicious or notice any bugs, contact the hotel staff immediately.
BEWARE OF MOLD AND DUST MITES
Some hotels are cleaner than others, but even the ones that appear clean can have some issues under the surface. Those with mold allergies can experience difficulties if a hotel room is not thoroughly cleaned. Mold can be a problem if a room is located near the indoor pool, so avoid those rooms if you have concerns. It is also recommended that you keep windows shut. Airborne mold spores can make their way into the room and create problems. Also, be wary of any strange smells in the room, as musty and earthy smells could indicate the presence of mold.
As for dust mites, these critters can be nuisances in both five star hotels and economy motels. They are microscopic, so they are much more difficult to discover. They like to live on pillows and blankets that have not been cleaned, so be sure your linens are clean before getting into bed for the night. They are a major allergy trigger for many, so contact the hotel staff if you experience any issues during your stay.
CHOOSE ALLERGY-FRIENDLY HOTELS
Luckily for allergy sufferers, there are many hotels that pride themselves on being allergy-friendly. What does this mean? These places make themselves allergy-friendly in a number of ways, some of which include dust mite proof bedding, ventilated bathrooms with mold-resistant shower curtains and bath mats, no wall-to-wall carpet, minimal cloth in the room, and thorough cleaning and inspection of air filtration systems. Sylvane compiled a list of the top five hotel chains that are known to be safe for allergy sufferers based on thorough research.
Don’t let the concerns about hotel cleanliness prevent you from enjoying your travels this summer. If you have any doubts about bed bugs, dust mites, mold, or other issues with your allergies in a hotel, consider bringing some of your own supplies. After inspecting the hotel linens, use your own pillows or pillow protector to make your nights restful and allergy free!