Since my current job has me working in a variety of stores from the East coast to West Virginia, I find myself staying in different hotels with my fiancee for whole weeks at a time, traveling back and forth each weekend sometimes without knowing an exact destination until we arrive. Most hotels have the basic microwave and refrigerator, however sometimes we get a room with the added cook-top, and sometimes still we have to make due without any of these amenities. Regardless, the constant back-and-forth of it all does seem to take quite a turn on the environment and our wallets over time, so I've put this list together of little tips and tricks we've learned along the way!
- Corral dry groceries that you'll be traveling with regularly in a large, reusable shopping bag. You can carry more and it will last longer than those plastic shopping bags you've been lugging back and forth.
- Create categorized lists to remember all those little items that you'll be taking with you on a regular basis! Be sure to make an individual list to keep with your (reusable) grocery bag, so that you can easily see what items will need to be replenished soon.
- Keep earrings and small jewelry safe & organized by storing them in medicine bottles! You can even find larger bottles for necklaces and other small trinkets!
- Pack minimally. Remember that you can re-wear many articles of clothing without rewashing, such as jeans and sweatshirts, so feel free to pack lighter than one pair of jeans per day, for example.
- Collect coupons! Many coupon deals, paired with additional store sales, can help you score some cheap (sometimes even free) travel-sized amenities, such as toothpaste, soaps, and the like.
- Keep everything. All of my hotel shampoos are stored in a huge Ziploc bag in my bathroom. I typically try to not hoard things, but this is one of my two special exceptions (the other one is buttons).
- DO NOT buy travel-sized items. Just get some empty soap and shampoo bottles and refill them before you head out of town. You don't even have to buy the bottles - just refill those ones you kept from your last hotel stay!
- Speaking of which, be sure to bring a small bottle filled with dish soap along, as well as plates, bowls, and utensils for everyone. This will cut down on the money you'd otherwise spend on disposables, all while saving the planet!
I hope you've found this list helpful - if you're looking for more ways to save money while traveling, be sure to check out Roadtripping: 10 Ways to Save on the Road. If you have any other tidbits to share on this topic, feel free to leave them in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!