Over the past 3 weeks, JauntyLife’s published a series of articles on Staying healthy while traveling, Stress Free travel & today’s piece on how to disinfect a hotel room (or AirBNB, VRBO, RV etc…).
The thinking was: As travel will be back on the schedule soon, it would help to be armed with info & products, making getaways safe & enjoyable.
Of course, three weeks in the time of Corona is like dog years: When we started, US infections we’re averaging 20K a day. As of this writing, we are approaching 70K a day & starting to roll back state openings.
Sadly, it looks as though staying near home is probably the best course of action, at least in the short term.
Brief Philosophical Rant:
Man, how did we so blow this one? How are so many countries emerging from this crisis, yet we continue to tread water? Where is the leadership to guide us out of this mess? Vote in November!
That said, if necessities such as business travel, visiting a relative, taking a kid to college or an overwhelming case of cabin fever has you on travel, here’s some useful guidelines on how to disinfect a hotel room (of course, this applies to home rentals & RV’s too).
We’ve also included some suggestions to make your stay more comfortable; getting the most out of your excursion.
As mentioned in previous articles, incorporating additional steps into your travel routine is much like post 911… we just need to form new habits.
When you decide travel works for you, these articles will be a handy reference.
Before you Go, consider…
Which States require Self quarantine?
It’s worth checking which states have quarantine rules, upon arrival Click Here to check. This is also a moving target, so you’ll need to check before you go
Hotel, VRBO & AirBNB cancellation policies
Hotels – The Points Guy has laid out the current policies regarding hotels cancellations.
As of now, most hotels are extremely flexible.
From USA Today, highlighting recent refund issues with VRBO & Air BNB
Maybe consider an RV vacation for now – check out the article
More info on healthy suggestions when flying? – Click here
What to Expect from Hotels – 6 months (or more)
Some of the perks we’ve come to expect at hotels will be on pause, or altered for good. To address corona, most hotels have adopted practical changes including:
- No more valet parking
- Plexiglass partitions at check-in
- Staff, of course, wear masks
- Some hotels, like Marriott are moving to keyless check-ins
- Fog disinfectants & robot vacuums to treat common areas
- Sealed, disposable glassware in the rooms instead of glass
- Daily housekeeping is out
- Bye Bye Buffet (your waistlines cool with that!)
- No more chilling out in the lobby
- Free Coffee, Juice, Water in the lobby is out
- Pool capacity limits or pools closed
- The Gym is closed
- Some restaurants, coffee shops closed or take out only
How to Disinfect a Hotel Room
Like all businesses, hotels have taken steps to protect their clients & staff. It’s complicated at best & mistakes are bound to occur. This is where we come in.
An investment of about 15 minutes (double it for a home rental) upon arrival will help to insure a healthier environment, before we start our vacation.
Making your room as sanitary and full of creature comforts as possible will greatly enhance your stay.
The good news? Make this a routine going forward and you’ll head off more colds and flu on travel, well after corona is behind us.
- Ditch the bedspread & the decorative pillows
- notorious for holding germs and not washed as often
- Avoid the in room glassware
- pack your own mug or use sealed plastic glasses
- Bag up that nasty remote
- Remotes get lots of touches, fall under the bad etc…
- Throw it inside a sandwich baggie or thoroughly wipe down
- Open a window if possible
- circulate fresh air whenever possible
- Wipe down all high touch surfaces
- Wipe down hard surfaces
- All door handles in room
- Wipe down bathroom counters
- Toilet seat/handle, shower door handles
- Light switches
- Lay off the Servi-Bar
How to Disinfect a hotel room
The Right Tools to protect
Purefypro Disinfectant Spray 16oz (2 bottles)
Certified by the FDA, CDC, EPA & others, Purefoy Can be safely sprayed directly on surfaces. We also suggest purchasing a 3.4 OZ mist spray bottle, so you can transport Purefypro in your carry on bag.
HEALTHIER: Destroys Norovirus, HIV (Aids virus) and Influenza, Hepatitis in as short as 60 seconds. Effective against food poisoning germs including Norovirus, Salmonella, E coli. H1N1 Flu, Kills drug resistant MRSA, VRE and fungus.
PURER: Free of alcohol, synthetic fragrance, and VOC; No harsh chemical residue (turns into water).
SAFER: Noncorrosive, pH balanced; Safe for toys and nursery use; Recommended by doctors for sensitive population including allergic asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), immunodeficient etc.
PROVEN: Proven by hospitals, senior care, and childcare facilities to protect those most vulnerable from germs, allergens, and contaminants.
Mist Spray Bottles 3.4oz (5pcs)
Two benefits for the price of one. Travel Steamers take the wrinkles out of your clothes and can kill 99% of germs…
“If you stay in hotels often, consider investing in a travel garment steamer that you can use to sanitize cloth upholstery, the toilet seat, the bed sheets, and even the more heavily trafficed areas of the floor if desired.”
Cirrus – Travel Steamer
Visit Jaunty’s Healthy Travel Shop Page for more ideas!
Rowenta – Travel Fabric Steamer
LARQ self cleaning water bottles
The LARQ Bottle Movement is the World’s first self-cleaning and reusable water bottle–using innovative non-toxic mercury-free PureVis UV-C LED technology to purify water and clean the inner surfaces of the bottle by eliminating odor-causing bacteria and viruses… Pure water in 60 seconds
LARQ Self Cleaning Bottle 17oz
LARQ Self Cleaning Bottle 32oz
How well the shower stalls, bath mats and hotel carpets are cleaned is certainly up for debate. Just as you would in the gym (when gyms are a thing again) shower sandals protect your feet from germs and bacteria.
Adidas Comfort Slide Sandals (Men)
Adidas Slide Sandal (Women)
Toilet Plumes? Seriously? If your hotel toilet is in close proximity to your toothbrush when you flush, it turns out a plume of what was in the toilet can make its way around the bathroom (including coronavirus).
- Step 1 put the lid down each time you flush.
- Step 2, sanitize your toothbrush & perhaps add a case when your toothbrush (once it’s dry).
- Another option… let the toothbrush dry outside of the bathroom.
Natural Allergy Relief: Nasopure May Remove Allergens, Pollutants and Other Infectious Particles.
Nozin Nasal Sanitizer
Cell phone sanitizer
Homedics UV Phone Sanitizer
“…UV-Clean is one of the smartest things you can do to reduce your contact with germs, viruses, and bacteria and keep you and your family healthy. Small enough to tuck into your pocket, yet strong enough to kill up to 99.9% of unwanted microorganisms in just 1 minute…”
TV Remote Covers
Perhaps the most germ laden item in your hotel room…
Clicker Cover Bags
Aromatherapy has been around for years & used to address minor ailments, improve the quality of sleep, air quality, reduce anxiety and more. Portable diffusers are simple to use and easy to pack.
Pure Spa USB Diffuser
MONQ – Personal Diffuser
doTERRA – Introductory essential oils kit
Personal Sleep Sack
“Sleep clean no matter where you are with the Personal Sleep Sack by Fresh Ideas. This compact and lightweight hypoallergenic sleep sack includes a convenient reusable drawstring travel bag and fits easily into carry-on luggage. 100% microfiber is supremely soft and machine washable.”
Pack your own reusable drink ware…
Porter Mug 12oz
Stojo – Collapsible Cup 12oz (+colors)
Porter – Go Anywhere Glass (+colors)
Travel First Aid Kit
Mini First Aid Travel Kit
First Aid Travel Kit
Creature Comforts for your Stay
A good nights sleep is HUGE…
Well rested = Strong immune system!
Dodow – Sleep Aid Device
GO Travel Sound Machine
Hush Portable Sound Machine
No Jet lag tablets, 1 above anti jet lag drinks tabs
Something For Jetsetters
“Travel often? Curated by Design Hotels™ and formulated by Biocol Labs, the something for jetsetters kit will help you fix the five most common annoyances a frequent flyer experiences: jet lag, anxiety, poor digestion, weakened immune system and the occasional hangover.”
Blowfish for Hangovers
Night – Silk Eye Mask + Cooling Gel Insert
Premium Ear Plugs
Pure – Melatonin
Something for Dreaming
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Pocket Stain Removers
The Laundress – Wash & Stain Bar
Road Spill – On the Go Stain Remover