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Hotel Room Nightlight Hack

While some hotel rooms provide a night light in the bathroom, most do not. And for me, a nightlight is a necessity. Not just for late-night micturition, but also to help quickly resolve the feeling of “where the hell am I?” that sometimes happens when I wake up in the middle of the night.

So, I travel with a nightlight in my dopp kit. I use an inexpensive and bright night light (although I do wish it were less bulky). It’s cheap enough that I don’t beat myself up too badly when I accidentally leave it behind. But I hate it when that happens, so I came up with a technique that helps me remember to unplug and pack it before I depart.

gordon meyer nightlight

In the photo, you can see that I’ve attached a long, multi-colored string to the night light, using a piece of tape. (I got this rainbow string at Home Depot, but any dark-colored string would do the trick.) The idea is that a long, hanging string will catch my eye when I’m scanning the room to make sure that I’ve packed everything. This has worked for me 20+ room nights and counting, so maybe it will work for you, too.


Craig Conley

A rainbow string is a brilliant hack, especially because sometimes the electrical outlet can be the same color as what you've plugged in (in my case of leaving something behind, the compact black charger for a cordless electric razor, left plugged into a black outlet), thus making it practically invisible. The drag queen Alaska Thunderf*ck has a song called "Everything Must Be Leopard Print," but I'm now hearing it as, "Everything must be rainbow string." :-)

Gordon Meyer

Thank you, Craig. Yes, I agree that the color of the light (or charger or whatever) so that it "blends in" with the outlet is a big part of the problem. In the case of the light, it automatically turns off when it's not needed, making it doubly hard to notice.

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