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Old 06-12-2010, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Or just wrap your whole body in a clear plastic coccoon while you are in the hotel room, or some sort of "boy in the bubble" contraption.
Not really. It's just a good idea not to have extended contact (6-8 hours) with porous materials (mattresses, pillows, sheets) where significant residues of bodily fluids or the parasites which live in/off them may reside, especially near the eyes, mouth, or other mucus membranes. Laying one's head on a pillow during a night's sleep is a good example.

Likewise, the shower is usually only given a cursory cleaning, and your feet tend to get the least attention during washing as well as spending hours in a warm, moist environment (in your shoes). A pair of $1 rubber sandals can remedy that while taking up a minimum of cargo space/weight.

As other's have mentioned, it's a scale of how effort vs your comfort level and exposure. A casual traveller who vacations once or twice a year in the West is probably okay rolling the dice. I figure the extra hygiene is worth the dollar sandals, sleep sheet, and quickdry towel.

Oh, I do wash my hands before any contact with my food or face after handling a hotel remote control and I avoid sitting naked in hotel room chairs.
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes I do. When I worked in the hospitality industry, I saw too many towels in toilets, covered with human feces or other bodily fluids, and then put right back into service after a quick laundering. I only need a hand-towel sized quickdry for showering, and that takes up no space at all.

I also take along a heavy-gauge cotton sleep sheet which is serger-finished against bedbugs. It takes up about as much space as a pair of pants when properly rolled. Of course, I often stay in pretty crummy accomodations. However, based on my experience, I'd use my own sheet and towels even if I was staying at the Ritz.

My question is this: Does anyone here go barefoot in hotel rooms, showers, or other communal showers/baths?
Then I guess you'd better never eat out or see a movie...or ever leave the house.

I mean, every industry has its disgusting secrets, and as long as no one is dying or catching weird diseases left and right, I think I'll throw caution to the wind on that one.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Not really. It's just a good idea not to have extended contact (6-8 hours) with porous materials (mattresses, pillows, sheets) where significant residues of bodily fluids or the parasites which live in/off them may reside, especially near the eyes, mouth, or other mucus membranes. Laying one's head on a pillow during a night's sleep is a good example.

Likewise, the shower is usually only given a cursory cleaning, and your feet tend to get the least attention during washing as well as spending hours in a warm, moist environment (in your shoes). A pair of $1 rubber sandals can remedy that while taking up a minimum of cargo space/weight.

As other's have mentioned, it's a scale of how effort vs your comfort level and exposure. A casual traveller who vacations once or twice a year in the West is probably okay rolling the dice. I figure the extra hygiene is worth the dollar sandals, sleep sheet, and quickdry towel.

Oh, I do wash my hands before any contact with my food or face after handling a hotel remote control and I avoid sitting naked in hotel room chairs.
Why not just bring your own sanitizer and bug bombs? Bleach is pretty cheap.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I usually wrap the TV remote with a tissue or similar as it gives me piece of mind. I also put a bath towel down on the chair I sit in in the hotel room. One other thing I do is I put a hand towel on the floor and wipe my feet really good before I put them in my fresh socks and shoes.

I'm not fanatical about this stuff, but I just think it's a minimal step to protect myself.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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I usually wrap the TV remote with a tissue or similar as it gives me piece of mind
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I'm not fanatical about this stuff
Yes, you certainly are.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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This thread is just craziness. Using a handrail or doorknob will usually put you in contact with a lot more diverse set of people's germs just by volume or recent participants irregardless of how porous it is.

We are a lot tougher than you think.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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LOL, just bring the lysol to spray everything down.

Sponger42, were do you get a sleep sheet? Do you know of any all purpose cleaner that would be good for travel(something small in size)?
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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I do pack a pillow, because I like down, and so few hotels use it. I also have a great beach towel that has a pocket at one end to fit over the top of the chair and extends the whole length. Sometimes beach chair cushions look kind of gross.

In the room, it's a crap shoot. If it struck me as someplace needing a good cleaning, I would just leave. I'm willing to chance a few odd germs here and there though. I have never gotten sick from a hotel stay, so I don't obsess over it.
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Old 06-13-2010, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I usually pack a hazmat suit when I know I'll stay in a hotel.
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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Lol
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