Hotel Checkout Checklist

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Nothing is worse than getting back home from a vacation and realizing you left your favorite jacket in the hotel closet or your laptop charger in the outlet. Next time you check out, look over this list and make sure you can answer "yes" to the following questions:

1. Did I pack the night before? It's easier to pack up your suitcase the night before you check out of a hotel room. That way, you're not pressed for time and rushing to make the checkout time, and you'll avoid leaving items behind.

2. Do I have my belongings? The sneakiest items are phone and laptop chargers. They always seem to hide in the outlets, only to be forgotten. Also, you can't go wrong by following the old-school advice to "check under the bed." Smaller items like socks, toys, books, etc. always seem to end up there. Don't forget to check the closet for jackets or other hanging items and the safe for important things you might have locked up.

3. Did I double-check the bathroom? Specifically, make sure you check the shower for bottles of shampoo, soap, and other toiletries. Snag the trial-sized toiletries, too, if you're into that kind of thing.

4. Are the charges on my bill correct? Make sure you check your bill for extra or unnecessary charges. You can read more about annoying hotel fees and how to avoid them here and here. It's much easier to resolve problems with the bill in person while you're at the hotel, rather than trying to figure it out over the phone later on.

5. Did I tip housekeeping? Don't forget to tip the housekeeping staff before you leave! You might find it easier to tip a few dollars each day instead of leaving a large tip at the end of your stay. Think of it this way: if you take care of them, they'll take care of you.

Next time you stay in a hotel, use this checklist before you check out. Make sure you book your room on Tingo, because when the price drops, you'll get a refund automatically.

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