You know you have a bed bug fear when you have nightmares at times about the pesky hotel, hostel and innocent bed and breakfast guests. Sadly, I do dream of bed bugs, only because I have successfully avoided them on my travels. The problem is they are always there, lurking on my next stop and yours too. If you want to make sure bed bugs don’t bite you on your next trip, here are a few steps to take.
Step One—Read reviews and bed bug sites for properties with the critters: You can avoid booking a place with bed bugs by checking out reviews and sites that list recent incidents of bed bugs. BedBugRegistry.com is a popular site for recent listings at accommodations. One thing to keep in mind, bed bugs travel and they travel quickly. You might book a place without bed bugs listed in any reviews or registries, only to find them behind your pillow.
Step Two—Immediately place luggage on rack and away from bed: I place my luggage off of the floor and on to a luggage stand the minute I enter my room. Many experts also say to keep your luggage as far away as possible from the bed, chairs, etc. One stop the bed bugs don’t seem to enjoy is the bathroom, so if you are really worried, you can place your luggage in the bathroom.
Step Three—Check room for signs of infestation: While you might just want to collapse on your hostel’s bunk bed after a long travel day, don’t. You should first check to see if your room has a bed bug infestation. Bed bug battlers say to pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress, specifically at the corners. Look out for stains, spots or the bugs themselves. They are usually reddish-brown in color. You will also want to look behind the headboard and bedside table for the critters.
Step Four—Pack garbage bags just in case: After surveying the situation in step three, you might have discovered the bugs or you might be good to go. If you think you will still have nightmares about the critters, consider packing garbage bags just in case. You can cover your bags to avoid bringing bed bugs to your next destination. If your room does have an infestation and you didn’t notice in time, you probably have a case of the bed bugs. Garbage bags can help you isolate the clothes or other items that may have been in contact with the bugs.
Step Five—Notify management, move rooms or change accommodations: If you do find bed bugs, you will want to speak with management. While you might just want to get out of the hotel, you can only further the problem by not saying anything to those who run the place. If you are comfortable staying at the same establishment, ask for another room far away from your old one. If you don’t think you will be sleeping at night even in the same hotel, change accommodations altogether.
Step Six—Wash clothes and other items and be cautious outside of hotel rooms: If you were the victim of bed bugs, be sure to wash all of your items you packed with you heavily and on high heat. Also it is important to know that bed bugs aren’t just fans of hotel rooms. They also enjoy the floors of airplanes, buses, trains, taxis and even retail stores. Always be careful of what items you are tossing on the floors of these common spaces. It’s also a good idea to just cover them up with garbage bags as a precaution.
Don't forget to 'Like us' on Facebook!
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
Filtered Travel: 4 Ways to Instagram-Plan Your VacationComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Filter or no filter, Instagram is perfectly suited for travelers looking to plan or those who are actually traveling currently. Just as other social media platforms like Twitter and Pinterest can be useful for trip planning, here are a few tips to help you use Instagram to enrich your travels....read more
Happy National Ice Cream Day! 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Chillest Dessert AroundComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
National Ice Cream Day –also known as literally the perfect excuse to eat a heaping scoop of ice cream –is this Sundae (pun intended). To celebrate, here are five things BuzzFeed scooped up about our favorite frozen dessert....read more
3 Things to Do in Kyoto, JapanComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Kyoto is on my top ten list of favorite cities I’ve visited. From the historic temples to the top-notch restaurants, I was completely enthralled with Kyoto’s beauty and depth. I can’t wait to get back there. Until I do, please enjoy these three quintessential Kyoto activities for me, okay?...read more
7 Obscure Historical Terms for Gettin’ LuckyComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Who else is planning to dance the Paphian jig this weekend?...read more
12 Hours in Venice, CaliforniaComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
When I lived in West Hollywood, I frequently drove out to Venice to spend the day. Now that I live in Minnesota, when I go back to California each year, I make sure to build in a day to enjoy my old stomping grounds. There’s so much more to Venice than it’s famous beach. In fact, I usually head inland to Abbott Kinney Boulevard. Here are my recommendations for how to spend twelve hours in Venice....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.