When you’re on a vacation, a packed-to-the-brim schedule full of sightseeing, good food, and fun activities can mean that you’re ready to hit the hay the moment you unlock your hotel room door. Ah, sweet sleep. It’s so close you can practically taste it. You’ve just laid down under mountains of luxurious duvet covers and thick, Egyptian cotton sheets, your head cozy on a perfectly fluffy oversized pillow—and suddenly, an allergy attack hits. Itchy, watery eyes and constant sneezing can make it hard to get a good night’s rest—something you surely need to enjoy your getaway from the hectic stresses of everyday life. What’s the cause behind your sudden incessant sniffling? Indoor allergens. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you freshen up your hotel room to avoid an indoor allergy attack while you’re traveling.
Ditch the Humidifier
A humidifier is great for dry sinuses, but it can also create the perfect environment for mold and dust mites to thrive—two of the top causes for indoor allergies. If you really can’t do without the humidifier, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology advises you to clean and change the filter often, and to use distilled or demineralized water to avoid irritation to your sinuses.
Invest in Anti-Allergy Bedding
Dust mites have a tendency to hang out in your comforter, sheets, and pillows. While you’re packing up your swimsuit and goggles in preparation for your vacation, consider adding a dust-mite cover to your suitcase. A good quality cover can help stop dust mites and mold spores in their tracks—allowing you to catch the necessary z’s to enjoy your trip. Good Housekeeping has some great tips to help you find an allergy barrier bedding set that will meet your needs. Some hotels may have hypoallergenic bedding upon request, so be sure to call ahead of time to see what options your hotel offers.
Book a Clean Hotel Room
Mold is a key player in indoor allergy attacks, so while you’re planning all of the sights you want to see, you might want to dig deep to find a hotel that is rated for its cleanliness. The best way to do so is by reading through the reviews. USA Today has some other ideas to help you determine the standard of cleanliness in the hotel you’re interested in. Mold can hang out in bathrooms, carpets, air vents, and even the walls, so finding a spotless and sanitized hotel should be a top priority.
Change Clothes Immediately After Being Outside
If you’ve spent most of the day outside, it’s good practice to change clothes immediately upon entering the hotel room. Outdoor allergens like dust mites or pollen can linger on your clothes, and when you sit down on the bed or arm chair to watch a little TV before dozing off, you could be transferring those allergens onto the surfaces you come into contact with. Bringing extra clothing might seem like a hassle if you’re trying to meet certain luggage weight restrictions, but it’s well worth it if it means avoiding an onset of sneezing and watery eyes. Put the contaminated clothing in a separate bag and keep it away from the furniture and the rest of your luggage. If you’d rather not bring extra clothing, check to see if your hotel has a washer and dryer, and run your contaminated items through a laundry cycle each night to avoid spreading allergens around the room.
Indoor allergies can really put a damper on your vacation, but utilizing these tips can help you avoid an allergy attack and sleep well so you’re ready to take on the world. Happy travels!
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