How to pack for long term stay hotels

Anthony Marcusa

Upon arrival, completely unpack your things and store away your luggage so the space feels settled and accommodating. Set up your clothing in a dresser or closet and unpack all your toiletries for easy access.

Everything you need for a long trip

Packing for a trip is often a tricky proposition. You want to be sure to bring everything you need so that any time away from home is comfortable and efficient, but overpacking means you will be bringing excess luggage. While short trips may be easier to curate, long-term excursions require much more planning.

A desire to travel, tourist-friendly places and remote work all contribute to an increase in lengthier trips. For those planning on staying a month or more in a hotel or other accommodation, it’s essential to pack properly. Here is everything you need.

Extended hotel stay checklist

Jade Yoga Harmony Mat: available at Amazon

A yoga mat offers a range of physically and mentally engaging activities wherever you go. Its lightweight nature and versatility make it perfect to take with you. This high-quality option by Jade is durable and provides a lot of support, welcoming those who want to do intensive core workouts, thoughtful meditation and everything in between.

YETI Stainless Steel Insulated Rambler: available at Amazon

For enjoying drinks in your room or on the move, this YETI rambler will keep your beverage the ideal temperature while not interfering with the taste. Offered in a variety of colors, this durably-designed mug stands up to frequent use and is easy to clean.

AmazonBasics Portable Security Case: available at Amazon

While most hotels offer a security or lockbox, some users may feel comfortable bringing their own which they can set up wherever and whenever they choose. This option by AmazonBasics is durably-made, with a strong exterior and padded interior to protect smaller items like a passport, jewelry, money and credit cards. 

Pure Guardian Travel Aromatherapy Diffuser: available at Amazon

It’s important to make your lengthy stay away from home actually feel like home. One of the ways to do that is to create a sensory experience with a travel aromatherapy diffuser, like this model that’s powered by a USB cable and uses absorbent pads instead of water. Pack your favorite essential oils to accompany you throughout your day.

CeraVe Daily Moisturizer: available at Amazon 

While it’s important to pack all your necessary skin and body care products, moisturizer is particularly essential. It’s not uncommon to encounter dry air when traveling or staying at a hotel, so keeping your skin moisturized not only protects it, but helps you feel comfortable. This option by trusted CeraVe provides value and long-lasting effectiveness.

Lulu Candles Soy Candle: available at Amazon

Another way to make the space feel cozy and intimate is with an aromatic candle. Use this clean-burning soy option by Lulu Candles while you work, dine or relax in a bathtub. Soy candles are advantageous in hotel rooms, which may be relatively small, as the mild scent won’t overwhelm you while the flame provides a warm, inviting glow.

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker: available at Amazon

Portable Bluetooth speakers offer travelers a chance to enjoy high-quality sound on the go and away from home. JBL’s Flip 4 is easy to travel with and features a 12-hour battery, waterproof construction and detailed, immersive sound. It’s perfect for enhancing laptop speakers while watching a program or taking with you on a hike or to the pool.

Kindle Oasis: available at Amazon

Long-term stays, particularly those that don’t involve working, offer plenty of time to curl up with a good book. The slim design and large capacity of an e-reader provide endless entertainment. The latest by Amazon, the Kindle Oasis features a detailed screen, adjustable light, waterproof construction and access to newspapers, magazines and even audiobooks.

Anker Power Strip: available at Amazon

Outlets may be limited in a hotel room or they may simply be inconveniently located. This power strip by Anker provides fast charging capabilities to a variety of devices as well as convenience. It features 12 AC outlets and three USB ports, welcoming laptops, smartphones, speakers and any other devices to charge simultaneously. Notably, the slim design is perfect for travel.

Google Chromecast: available at Amazon

Chances are the hotel room won’t feature a smart TV. Bringing along a Chromecast, however, will allow access to streaming content, making it easy to stay informed and entertained with news, sports, film and shows. Just be sure you have a subscription to your favorite services.

Kitsch Spa Headband: available at Amazon

A quality spa headband provides comfort and protection when applying skin-care products on your face, keeping your hair out of the way. It’s a cozy accessory to help start the day or wind it down. This eco-friendly option is made of cotton and bamboo by Kitsch, a popular and trusted women-owned company.

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds: available at Amazon

A comfortable set of earbuds will provide entertainment in transit and at your destination. Bose, a trusted name in audio technology, offers this model that caters to all types of sound, whether you’re conferencing with coworkers or streaming content online. They shut off outside noise when you’re listening as well as speaking, so those on the other end can't hear you clearly. It also comes with a handy charging case.

Kitsch Satin Pillowcase: available at Amazon

The linens provided by the hotel may be functional, but for optimal comfort and protection for your face, pack a satin pillowcase. The softer texture is gentler on your skin and hair, keeping it feeling and looking healthy in the morning. The pillowcase is also breathable and cool and resists absorbing oils, hair and flakes.

Zwilling Classic Inox Grooming and Nail Kit: available at Macy's

This travel personal-care kit provides reliability and durability when it comes to all your nail and eyebrow needs. The set includes a nail clipper, scissors, tweezer and manicure tool, all made of high-quality stainless steel. A nail file is also included, and they are all kept in a leather case that provides easy transport and storage.

Anthony Marcusa is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money


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