Hotel Insomnia No More

hotel insomnia, illus. by Michael Klein

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You pack a pillow from home, stick plugs in your ears, and light a scented candle.What else helps you sleep soundly in your hotel room?

"You must have fresh air!" says Jim Laybourn of Jackson, Wyo. "Stay in a place with windows that open."

"Request a quiet room," says Nancy Gibson of Missoula, Mont., "away from the freeway,elevators, ice machine."

"Lavender oil on a cloth next to your pillow can have a calming effect," says Leanne Hackney of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

"Turn off the phone ringer," writes Ping Chang of Albany, Calif. "I once received a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call requested by the previous guest. Errr!"

"Stuff a towel at the bottom of the door," suggests Andrea Timothy of Draper, Utah. "It blocks noise and light."

How do you avoid pretrip stress? Email otr@csaa.com.If we quote you, we’ll send you $50 and a VIA T-shirt.

Illustration by Michael Klein

This article was first published in January 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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