Does anyone else travel with bed sheets

Old Jan 20th, 2009, 07:46 PM
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Are you crazy people still at it?

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Old Jan 20th, 2009, 07:49 PM
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lol.... yeah, I guess I've joined them. I just saw the date of that first post!!



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Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:33 AM
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Conspiracy theorists, relax. I don't have any other ID on this site. I post infrequently because I post infrequently. Today I received an email from TripAdvisor and was reading hotel horror stories, and it made me think about sheets and this sheet thread. It took me a while to find it. I didn't even remember my user name and had to have a password emailed to me.

I've only taken a couple of trips in the past year but I did take, and use, my own bedding. I slept very very well on my cool flat sheet with the lightweight down comforter on top of me and my head on my own clean odor-free down pillow.

And I "bagged" the remote too. Norovirus indeed changed my life.

I'm glad to see that a few other people also take certain pieces of bedding to make their hotel stays more comfortable. But I'm still amazed by the wrath. Only a control freak or a miserably angry psychopath could be upset by this practice. "She .. takes .. sheets .. I .. must .. destroy .. her!!"

Anyway, I am moving beyond simply enjoying my own habit and I am now highly recommending that others do it, when possible.

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Old May 23rd, 2009, 08:46 AM
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Fussy~ You should be proud. Your thread is a Fodor's classic. It's often referred to in other conversations here as a benchmark (as in, "remember the person who travels to 5-star hotels with her own linens").
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 12:51 PM
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Now I get why some travellers can't manage carry-on only!! My pj's are between me and the sheets so as long as the sheets are in good condition and clean, I'm a happy traveller. I've stayed in a variety of accommodation over the years and have never come across a sheet with a hole or a tear, I would hit the roof if I did. However, I think I may be converted to the idea of bringing a pillow slip which would take up virtually no room at all in my luggage.

Fussy_traveller - you are a legend!!
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Old Aug 14th, 2009, 03:33 PM
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Fusy Traveler's thread topped Google! I am about to travel (driving not flying) to a one-star motel for the first time. I considered the sanitary quality, and didn't know what I could do. So, I googled the phrase "tips to stay in motel "bring sheets"". The first hit was fussy traveler's post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it lol.
Now I AM bringing my sheets, as well as washcloths and pillows and pillowcases. ty, FT and Fodorites
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Old Aug 14th, 2009, 04:14 PM
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I think it would be a good idea to get one of those astronaut suit things.
Then you wouldn't have to pack bed sheets & you wouldn't have to plastic-encase the tv remote.
You could get some of those astronaut diaper things, too, so you wouldn't have to risk putting your tushie on a non-sterile toilet seat.
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Old Aug 14th, 2009, 05:37 PM
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Not sheets, but my pillow. I have to do some creative packing to fit it in my 21" suitcase. When I sleep on a "strange" pillow, my neck gives me fits. Can't ruin a good vaca because of that!
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Old Aug 16th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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My sister, who rarely travels, found a lightweight alternative to sheets when she had to go on her first business trip.

Her company had put her in a decent, mid-range hotel. She didn't notice any particular problems with the cleanliness of her room, but just to be sure, she slept inside a large garbage bag that she'd brought along for the occasion.
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Old Aug 17th, 2009, 04:24 AM
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MareW - your sister slept in a garbage bag!!! I can't begin to imagine how hideous that would be!! Oh dear, I would rather bring my own sheets than do that!! LOL
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Old Aug 17th, 2009, 08:59 PM
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I use a bucket instead of a carry on bag, and take a mop with a folding handle. On arrival, I drown the bed thoroughly, disinfect the light switches, TV remote and the inside of the bar fridge plus contents.
I then mop the bathroom walls, floor and ceiling (actually, the ceiling, walls and then floor, in that order).

I then launder the towels and sheets - I can't carry my own, because they won't fit in the bucket - and then thoroughly clean the keyboards of my cell phone and laptop.

After that, I take off my surgical gloves.

Obsessive?

Moi?
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 11:02 PM
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Yes I take my own sheets when I travel. I also take my pillow, towels and washcloth. I pack them in their own suitcase and check it. It is worth the cost of a checked bag to know I will get a clean and germ free good nights sleep.
I have talked to housekeeping at a few hotels and they said quite a few people do this.
By the way this thread was really too long to read so I didn't read it. I am sure there are several folks who replied "yes" to your question.
oh and the sheets and towels make a great cushion for souveniers I pick up along the way.
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 01:29 PM
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well it should be LONG (!) this thread's over SIX YEARS old
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Old Nov 11th, 2009, 05:34 PM
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just bought my second allersac travel sheet, gave my first one to my nephew, love the product.
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Old Nov 14th, 2009, 09:08 AM
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I own a Sanitation Company. Yes, I work on it daily. Yes, I sleep in Hotels. LOL. Better bring your own sheets.
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Old Nov 18th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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When you go to hospital, do you take your own sheets? Just think, you might well be in a bed where the previous occupant carked it, fell off the perch, snuffed it, shuffled off the mortal coil, died!
And the sheets will be laundered at a place that also launders sheets from other hospitals, hotels, maybe even prisons. Scary, hey?
Makes the average hotel look quite hygienic by comparison.
And, for what it's worth, I work in the water industry, aka sewage treatment.
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Old Nov 18th, 2009, 01:21 PM
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This is pretty hilarious. I love how one thing can disgust one person so much and really not bother another at all. Is one a spaz, is the other a slob, are they both nuts?

I'm going to go with the assumption that the sheets have been laundered, even if they're old and potentially stained. I have items that are stained but clean. The bedspread is pretty nasty sometimes, but I leave it on the bed for the weight and warmth. I flip the sheet back over the top so I only have the sheet against my face and call it good enough.

As I've grown up spending a lot of time on a horse farm, it's pretty unlikely that I'll be exposed to anything that will gross me out. The ick factor from using the room after it has been used by strangers doing who knows what is unavoidable and best to just be ignored as much as possible.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2009, 01:02 AM
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I am enjoying this thread. Taking your own sheets is ok, BUT, do you ever think that just under that thin layer of cotton is a mattress that has who knows WHAT done on it or left on it.
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 09:59 PM
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OK, I just HAD TO revive this one, after being linked to it.
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Oh God, the monster from the deep re-surfaces!
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