For many people, it’s important to keep their night stand at home stocked with simple comforts to stave off overnight nuisances like thirst or unwanted light or sound. On the road, where you’re already coping with an unfamiliar schedule and surroundings, it’s even more important to place a few handy tools within arm’s reach as you sleep.
As you pack for your next trip, keep these nine bedside must-haves in mind to ensure your rest — no matter what.
1. Sleep Mask
Whether at home or away, you can only control the brightness of a room from within. Although you may have turned off the lights and drawn the curtains tight, it only takes a shard of moonlight (or a security light that flickers on every time a bird flies nearby) to disturb your slumber. Keeping a comfortable sleep mask nearby is an easy way to keep things dark and peaceful.
If you’re highly sensitive to noise, putting your phone on “silent,” may not be enough to help you drift off to sleep. Place a pair of earplugs within arm’s reach, but if you use them, make sure to set your morning alarm to a louder setting than usual.
Ever wonder why you tend to weigh slightly less when you wake up than you did when you went to bed the night before? It’s because you lose significant amounts of water overnight through perspiration and respiration. What’s more, if you’ve ingested something salty or alcoholic before retiring for the evening, you can wake up parched in the middle of the night. An easy solution: a glass of water on the nightstand. Take up some refreshing water from the infused water bar or calming tea from the lobby of your EVEN Hotel.
Likewise, your skin can begin to feel dry as you sleep — especially if you’ve flown that day or are traveling in a less-humid environment than the one where you live. Few sensations are more irritating than papery hands or dry elbows, so keep hand or body lotion by the bed — your own brand or the hotel’s.
5. Lip Balm
Dry lips can also create discomfort and even set a feedback loop into place as you lick them to relieve the dryness, in turn making them drier still. A small tube or tin of lip balm at hand can give you instant relief and let you focus on falling asleep instead.
6. Paper and Pen
A huge enemy of sleep — particularly when traveling — is the gnawing feeling that you’ve forgotten something important as you’re trying to rest. Keeping a pen and paper on your bedside table is a perfect defensive move. Hotels typically add this special touch as a courtesy so that, when the inevitable moment of clarity hits, you can scrawl a note to yourself without getting out of bed. That task or idea will still be there waiting for you the next day.
7. Sleep Spray
Whether spritzing a linen spray onto your pillowcase or lending a bit of fragrance to the air in the room as you prepare for bed, aromatherapy in spray form offers a straightforward way to tell your mind it’s time to relax. Lavender, eucalyptus and chamomile are effective scents to that end, and they smell delightful, too.
8. Scented Candle
Taking part in an evening ritual is another way to prepare the body for a deep and restorative period of rest. Lighting a scented candle can evoke a pleasant sense of calm. Similar to a sleep spray, the fragrant oils in the wax can send signals to the brain that it’s time for the pulse to slow down, the lungs to take deeper breaths — and the day’s worries to fade away.
9. Breath Mints
Mint gives most people a lift, hence its presence in toothpaste, tea and even ice cream. A simple way to start the wake up process while still in bed is to pop a breath mint or mint-flavored gum. Let it engage your senses and bring you into a state of alertness before your feet even hit the floor.