10 Ways to Make Any Hotel Room Healthier

clip_image002Vacations can wreak havoc with your lifestyle. But at least when it comes to your hotel room, these simple steps from Health.com will make it a healthier place to hang out.

GO SMOKE-FREE

Ask for a nonsmoking floor when making your reservation. Not an option? Request a nonsmoking room.

DON'T DRINK

Just say no to the minibar key when checking in. You'll save cash—and calories.

TOSS THE BED COVER

Bedspreads are notorious havens for dust mites (and worse). Stash it in the corner of the room.

DISINFECT

Wipe down the TV remote and telephone with an antibacterial wipe before first use.

DON'T REUSE

Avoid the reusable glasses; even if they have a paper cover on top (plastic sealed cups are preferable).

BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS

Keeping fruit (banana, apple), bottled water, and nuts or trail mix in your room helps ensure that you don't overdo it when eating out.

MAKE WHITE NOISE

Invest in a portable "soft-noise maker" if you're a super light sleeper.

clip_image002[4]GET MOVING

Turn a tiny hotel room into your own personal fitness center. Invest in a portable exercise kit in case your hotel doesn't have a workout room or pool. Or download a yoga podcast onto your smart phone or laptop.

DO A RENOVATION CHECK

Renovations are likely to be loud, and may stir up dirt and dust, so call ahead to make sure parts of the hotel aren't under construction. Unexpected maintenance? Ask to switch to a room farther away from the upkeep.

NOTE THE EXITS

Because you're in unfamiliar territory, take a few minutes to check out the exits closest to your room, just as a precaution.