Hello my travel junkie. Have you thought about the bedsheets and pillows at hotels? Picture this, you have just checked into your hotel, and you’re ready to get some sleep. But, as you slide between the crisp, clean sheets, you can’t help but wonder if it’s safe to sleep on them. You know that they clean the sheets every day, but do they look sanitary? And what about those pillows? How often do they change those out? Here are 5 reasons to carry your own bedsheets and pillows when you travel.
5 Reasons to Carry Your Own Bedsheets and Pillows
Allergies and Skin Conditions
When you bring your sheets, pillowcases, and pillows, the chance of encountering things that trigger allergies and skin conditions is lower. You know for sure which type of Richard Haworth sheets or laundry detergent you use at home but not necessarily on the hotel’s bedding or towels. And who knows how often they change them? The following guest might have an allergy to mould, pet dander, or other substances.
You also don’t want to sleep on anything that someone else has used unless they launder it, especially if a bed bug infestation is present (where any surfaces touched can be infected). Hotels may clean their rooms daily, but extremely high turnover rates make such standards challenging to maintain.
The first worry is that hotels do not always clean bedsheets and pillows after the last guest leaves. It means you could be sleeping on an unwashed pillow or sheets without knowing about it. Furthermore, many hotels use cleaning products that can irritate your skin or create allergies depending on what they contain (such as chemicals). In these cases, there is no way to know if someone used the product before you arrived, so even washing them would do little good in preventing exposure to harmful substances.
Consequently, one of the best ways to avoid this issue entirely is by using your own set of clean sheets and pillowcases when staying at a hotel, even if just for one night! The added perk here is that you can use the sheets and pillowcases at home, which is a great way to save on laundry.
For Added Warmth
Carrying your beddings can come in handy for some travellers looking to save money by staying at hostels, motels or houseboat rentals.
Hotel bed sheets and pillows can be comfortable enough, but they may not provide the warmest sleeping surface for those unaccustomed to these types of accommodations. No matter how good the heater is, you’ll always find that hotel room chilly. Bring a sweater or light comforter to stay extra warm in your living space and bedding.
For Hostels, Motels and Houseboat Stays
You’re likely to be staying in a hostel, motel, or houseboat. All these places have small spaces– and that means sharing surfaces like pillows and bedding with other travellers. If you are not 100% confident about the cleanliness of the pillow, bring your own!
Your personal preference is the most significant deciding factor in whether you decide to pack your linens when travelling. Some people are used to sleeping on their bed sheets and pillows, so they may feel more comfortable if they continue this practice while away from home.
In conclusion, you can either bring your hotel bed sheets and pillows or check the reviews of a hotel before making a reservation. These are 5 reasons to carry your own bedsheets and pillows. So will you start taking your own? Let me know in the comments below.
As always, thank you for reading and until next time, be well! x