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What to Pack for a Hotel Staycation

June 10, 2017

Travel

Usually when we check into a hotel, we enjoy the room for all of 10 minutes before running off to whatever conference/tour/family reunion/wedding festivity we’re in town for. Sound familiar? It’s time to commune with the hotel room you’ve paid for, for once, and wallow in the restorative delight of a hotel staycation. Pack your overnight bag with these staycation essentials (reading material is up to you) and get your you-time on.  

1. Face Mask (Specifically, a Sheet Mask)


Do you love to mask, but hate to terrify your spouse/partner/children/roommate? A solo hotel stay is the perfect time to indulge in this often-skipped skin-care step. Definitely go the sheet-mask route here. Sheet masks are almost always individually packaged for one-time use — so no potential goop-fest in your weekender bag. Plus, they’re loaded with super-concentrated moisturizing ingredients, like aloe, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. We love the 11 adorable (and effective!) options in TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Mask Pack ($10 for the 11-mask set). 

2. Sleep Mask

Binchotan's Charcoal Eye Mask

Binchotan’s Charcoal Eye Mask

Your mask-packing duties aren’t over just yet. Toss an eye mask into your bag, too. If you’re lucky, your hotel room will have blackout blinds, but a little light pressure over your eyes can help alleviate the optic nerve better than drawn curtains, even the blackout kinds. Besides, some eye masks can (allegedly) do more than just blocking out the light. For example, Binchotan’s Charcoal Eye Mask ($26) promises to detox your skin and temper headaches. We can’t guarantee it lives up to all its lofty, activated-charcoal claims, but when it comes to its primary function — blocking brightness — it gets the job done. If the thought of an charcoal-powder-infused eye mask elicits an eye roll, then Aromatherapy Associate’s Relax Eye Mask ($80) is a great choice. For one thing, it’s huge, so not a peep is light is getting past it. The silk-and-velvet mask is filled with relaxing lavender, and features a drawstring closure — a nice alternative to the elastic bands, which can cause headaches. 

3. Travel Candle


A hotel room with a fireplace is really something special. So special, in fact, it might be requested and booked up months in advance. A travel candle certainly can’t…hold a candle…to a crackling wood-burning fire, but it can deliver instant coziness. Some hotels don’t allow candles for safety purposes, so it is best to check first. If you’re good to go, then check out Tokyo Milk’s four-ounce candles ($12–$16), which are packaged in travel-ready tin cans with twist-off tops.

4. Fragrance Mist


If your hotel of staycation choice permits travel candles, then you can skip this step. If not, a fragrance spray, like LAFCO Home Fragrance Mist ($40), is a nice, no-flame alternative. 

5. Loungewear

Honeydew Intimate's two-piece pajama set

Honeydew Intimate’s two-piece pajama set

We know we don’t have to tell you to pack cute, cozy PJs. But since we’re on the topic, might we suggest Honeydew Intimate’s two-piece pajama set ($20)? The tee-shirt/drawstring pants combo is so comfy you’ll think you’re naked — but you’ll be able to open the door for room service without scrambling for a cover-up. Those who want to get all thematic will dig the brand’s Beachin’ Knit Lounge Tank ($26), a super-soft cotton number imprinted with the word “weekend.”

6. Slippers


Many upscale hotels provide slippers for their guests, but often, they’re too big for non-awkward padding around (we know: wah). Skip the flimsy size 12 slippers and bring your own pair. We like Isotoner’s hard-soled Classic Terry Clog Slip-on Slipper ($13-$24).

7. Bath Salts

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Mineral Bath

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Mineral Bath

It’s not a staycation until you get your soak on. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Mineral Bath in Relaxing Lavender ($7 for 3 packets) will turn your tub time into a spa-level experience. If your room has a walk-in shower in lieu of a tub, then sprinkle a few drops of an essential oil, like Radha Beauty’s Lavender Essential Oil ($14), onto a hand towel or wash cloth, then place the towel somewhere on the edge of the shower, where it won’t be directly hit by the shower’s stream. 

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