For the occasion hotel stayer, this may not be an issue for you,  but for those of us who spend a significant amount of time in hotels there is a recurring issue: humidity.

Most hotels today are climate controlled, not too hot, not too cold. But depending on the type of heating or cooling a hotel uses this comes at a cost,  dry dry rooms. Many hotels don’t even let you open the window. 

You know the feeling when you wake up, dry mouth and throat, dry nose, dry lips and dry skin.  Pretty uncomfortable.  Even those who drink plenty of water and use moisturizer suffer.

How to Combat the Dry

  • First of all, stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water will only exacerbate the situation. There is lots of guidance about how much water to drink a day, so I won’t go into it too much. Just remember that travelling can change the amount of water you normally need to intake. If you took a flight or are traveling to a dryer climate you will need to drink more water than normal.
  • Avoid dehydrating drinks with caffeine or alcohol. This may not be an option, so consider increasing your intake of water to offset the effects.
  • Turn the heating or cooling source off.  Not always an option, but if you can, it will help. Remember to turn it back on when you leave the room or when appropriate. Cold temperatures can cause damage to plumbing and you don’t want to be responsible for that.
  • If you can, add humidity. There are a few ways to do this, not all effective, and some are wasteful.  I would caution against wasting water or energy, but these are options.
    • Wet Towel Hanging in Hotel RoomWet towels are great ways to add humidity. Soak a towel in water, ring out the excess, then hang the towel near where you sleep. Because a towel has a large surface area the water will more effectively evaporate into the room. Be careful to protect furniture and flooring from water damage. I use to hang a wet towel near the heating source in my hotel room, placing a towel on the floor to catch any drips. I was also careful not to block the heating source or let water get near it. By morning the towel would be mostly dry.
    • Letting water sit in the bathtub, sink, plastic garbage bin, or ice bucket. Standing water will evaporate into the room. Using an ice bucket or plastic garbage bin will allow you to place the water near where you sleep, as most bathrooms will have ventilation removing the moisture from the room. Again, be careful not to spill the water and cause damage.
    • Running a shower is a quick way to add moisture into the air. The problem is its wasteful and does not last that long. If you do need some quick moist air to help with a dry cough it can be effective, but other than that it does not make sense.
    • Personal/travel humidifier are a great way to add humidity into the room. There are many types out there, ranging from $25-65. I personally have not used one before, but I plan to buy one soon. Things to consider when buying one is size, how it is powered, and does it have a tank or use a water bottle? I will add to this article once I have tried one out.

Hope some of this advice will help you on your next hotel stay.  If you have any more idea make a comment below.

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  1. Agreed I am in a hotel room in San Antonio and the humidity is only 44% and you can’t open the windows. Thanks I’ve left bowls of water around the room. Your tip for an ice bucket is good. I will also look for a travel humidifier. Thanks for your tips.

  2. Most hotel rooms have cold air turns that run 24/7. Take a piece of paper and place it over the grill. The air force will keep it in place. If these are not covered, any moisture put into the air will quickly be whisked away.

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