A FAMOUS flight attendant on TikTok has shared her best pieces of advice when staying at hotels, including what to pack and what to do when checking in.
Kat Kamalani, based in Salt Lake City in Utah, has gone viral on the social media app for her interesting hacks and tricks while travelling.
One of her tips is to always pack a bag of porridge which can be cooked using just hot water, in case you are caught short in a hotel room with no way of cooking.
She explained: “If you don’t have a microwave, bring an instant oatmeal packet with you while traveling and use the boiling water from the coffee machine to have breakfast.”
With most supermarkets selling single sachets of porridge, costing as little as £1 for 10, it is an affordable way to eat if there is little else.
However, she also explained how to stay safe when checking in, with one simple rule that many guests break – repeating your room number at the front desk.
She continued: “Just in case there’s anyone around, you don’t want them knowing where you’re staying.”
This means if you and your family are overheard saying your room, only to all be spotted at the hotel swimming pool later, opportunists will know your room is empty.
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Other safety methods include always using the deadbolt on a hotel room – as key cards can easily be hacked to gain access to rooms – as well as checking the room for intruders before settling in.
Health-wise, she advises always removing the decorative pillows, which never get washed, and never putting your suitcase on the bed due to the dirt it has trundled around.
Kat soared to fame after she posted her first video, revealing how to stay safe and even how to spot bedbugs in a hotel, which racked up 6.2m views.
She told Forbes: “I made these videos to help others stay clean and safe and have a more comfortable experience when traveling.
“I was honestly shocked to see in my comment section on hotel tips how much people don’t think of germs when staying in a hotel. (I mean, thousands of bodies see those rooms!).”
A £1 door wedge has also been touted as something to pack for safety, as putting it into the door offers another layer of security.
Hotel rooms are likely to look very different when you next return however, due to the pandemic.
Some hotels have already removed room keys and cards, instead offering apps to open your door.
Another flight attendant has revealed how to clean your hotel room after checking in to avoid catching the virus.