A simple way to make sure your time away from home, whether it be for business or pleasure, is a relaxing retreat when you retire to your hotel room is to pack the luxurious essentials that will ensure a pampered and tranquil experience.
While there are many lists out there that tell you what to pack regarding the essentials for clothes, beauty supplies, etc – this list covers the pampering – feel-good items to always include in your travel luggage to provide a restful, relaxing and enjoyable experience whether you are alone or spending time with someone else.
After all, while our house is our sanctuary, wherever we sleep at night can also be transformed into our temporary sanctuary if we happen to be on vacation, on a business trip or simply changing it up a bit and treating ourselves to a night in an extravagant hotel.
Pampering Packing List
Nothing makes a night’s sleep more luxurious than slipping into freshly cleaned and pressed pajamas no matter what they may be made of (I prefer linen, cotton or silk). Whether you have a set reserved for traveling or it’s your favorite pair at home, always make sure to pack them.
Especially if you are traveling in chillier months, pack your slippers to help keep you warm and cozy.
Aside from my luggage, I always have a tote specially reserved for the magazines I need to read, books I am dying to read and my planner. Often times, I am unable to make it through everything, but I prefer to have choices.
Often, 4 and 5 star hotels provide terry-cloth or waffle-weave robes, however, unless you know for sure, bring your own.
Introduce a scent to your room just before bed and you are certain to create an environment that is welcoming to the sight as well as to your nose.
Pack your favorite bubble bath, maybe a special L’occitane bubbles, and reserve one bottle for only your travels. Soaking in a quiet room after a busy day of meetings, shopping or site seeing is an easy way to pamper yourself.
I always enjoy a cup of tea in the evening to wind down before going to bed, and often the tea that is available in my room isn’t to my liking. By bringing my favorite tea bags with me, I know I am one step closer to a deep night’s sleep.
After checking in and tipping the bellboy, take a few minutes to completely unpack, placing your clothes in the closet and drawers, organizing your beauty products and utensils in the bathroom, setting up your nightstand just so (books, glasses, etc) and locate everything in your room that you may use – the desk, iron, robe, remote, etc.
After setting it up, hide your suitcases and other luggage so that your room truly feels like your sanctuary. By doing this you are helping to create an environment of calm that, while small in effort, can yield very great results.
While this is a list that has worked for me, I would love to hear what you have found to be useful in creating a sanctuary away from home while you travel. Happy travels everyone!