Other: I don't travel with latex gloves, but remove that thing and put it somewhere out of the way, such as the closet. I'm OK with washing my hands after, no need for gloves
I'm with the newest member of "the dark side", most of them are far to thick to sleep under or even have on the bed so I toss it aside as well.
I also get it off the bed (maybe with our camera mono-pod?) and stash it for the duration. Something else we do that's sort of related, which I learned from an entomologist friend who travels frequently, is upon entering the room, we take our luggage and carry-ons straight to the tub/shower-tub combo/shower and place it there while we inspect the room. Creepy-crawlies are spotted easily in the tub, so if the tub is clear, leave the gear there; then you can take your time stashing the duvet and inspecting the rest of the room. Immediately dumping your luggage on the bed or the luggage stand is NOT recommended. --> -->
That's good info foxglove.
Excellent information foxglove! Thank you. I must admit I never thought of that...
I never had either until my friend and I had a conversation about travel and bed bugs.
Great travel tip I will certainly use! My wife is paranoid about bed bugs in hotels; even a small thing like this might help relieve her anxiety a little, and it's very true what they say, especially on vacations: happy wife, happy life!
Wow, I'm clearly a trusting soul. I sleep under the duvet without thinking about it!
There is a visual I really don't need brightlybob!!!! But no worries we got us an erc comin to town.
OH, and I forgot to mention about my lack of pyjamas
*passes iahflyr a barf-bag
Okay, with that visual firmly entrenched in mind, I'm packing the looooong BBQ tongs for duvet management.
Don't forget the smoker gloves as well just in case the tongs slip!!
Never had this concern. Isn't the duvet the comforter you sleep under? Aren't there clean sheets under that to sleep between?Seriously. This is Marriott! That's why we stay here. Terrific linens, bathroom amenities, etc. Consistent cleanliness, great service, nice people. If there is ever a question of cleanliness when you check in, get ahold of the desk manager and request another room. You'll probably get a huge apology and maybe an upgrade.
Many times, in many places, things are not always what they seem... Just sayin
Well said too Dr. Even though I worry not about some things like the duvet it is that it is to thick for our liking to leave it on the bed especially if there was a blanket beneath it.
kcba You're absolutely right -- this IS Marriott, and fortunately hygiene/cleanliness problems are infrequent. But if you use the search feature and search "bed bugs," you'll find a whole host of horror stories of ruined trips, clothing and luggage that had to be destroyed, difficult dealings with property managers, outright denials by management, and some nasty photos. Not all properties are run by the Marriott Corporation; many are run by franchisees, and standards can vary. An ounce of caution can go a long way in preventing headaches and hardships. As the good Dr. states, "Just sayin'."
I guess I must be in denial--hahaha. Honestly I haven't had anything but good at Marriotts. I did want to strangle the catering staff for setting out stacks of plates at the small snack cheese/fruit table we had during our daughter's wedding reception's cocktail hour. People lined up like it was a buffett and the cocktail hour food was gone almost immediately. We opened the doors so folks would quit eating all the grapes and see the tables set for the 200+ people dinner. It didn't occur to me to even worry about all those guests who were spending the night having bedbug issues. A call or letter to corporate Marriott would result in some relief, I am sure. I did have some surly experience with the desk staff in Maui many years ago. I'm betting those folks have moved on as they were clearly not into the hospitality mode and must have been miserable. I will, however, cast a more cautious glance at those pretty beds. Thanks for the tips.
Sounds like you had a hungry crowd -- or one that didn't realize dinner was forthcoming.
I've never had a problem either [knock on wood] but I continue to be cautious. The Bed Bug Registry is a free, public database with user-submitted reports. You can search individual properties in advance to see if anyone has ever reported an infestation in that property. Also, infestations tend to be regional, with warm-weather regions experiencing fewer problems than the Northeast or Midwest. That would seem to go against conventional logic, but it's indeed the case. Also, areas that experience huge amounts of travel -- NYC, Orlando, LA, SF, etc. -- have more issues due to crawlies being transported there in the luggage of visitors.
I don't mean to incite paranoia here, but once again, due caution in moderation is a wise thing.
Noooooooo. I'm worried now. I normally just trust it and sleep. You're all making me think about bringing tongs. I thought they change those duvet covers!
I always set my room's AC to the lowest setting possible (usually 50F) for my comfort, which results in me sleeping under the duvet. I make an assumption it's clean, that is what I'm paying for after all. and if not, well, that sucks.
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