Quick Travel Tip: How to Avoid Germs on the Hotel Remote
As every health-conscious traveler knows, the remote control is one of the most germ-infested items in a hotel room (if you’re old enough to be a seasoned traveler, you’re probably old enough to understand why).
Here are two quick tips for avoiding those germs.
The low-tech method
Put the remote in a re-sealable plastic bag like a Ziploc (I always keep a bunch in my carry-on as they come in handy for all kinds of things). You can push the buttons through the bag and the signal should still transmit.
If you have no such bags on hand, improvise with the shower cap provided by the hotel.
The high-tech method
Try STAYConnect, a mobile app which allows you to control the hotel TV from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
This also solves another common pet peeve about hotel TVs – the fact that it takes forever to find a channel guide (if there even is one). The free app comes with a basic channel list, or you can upgrade to a full program guide for $0.99/year.
There’s a little setting up required when you get to the hotel room but the few minutes are well spent in my opinion. Set-up instructions appear on the app, but the process is simple: turn on the TV, select “menu” then select the mobile option. A code will appear on the screen; you enter that code into the app and press “connect.”
According to the app website:
STAYConnect works in over 630,000 hotel rooms across the U.S. including many popular brands such as Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Sheraton, W Hotels, Westin, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Fairmont, Omni, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Joie de Vivre, Kimpton, Loews, and many more.
- Control in-room TV channels, volume, power
- View in-room movie listings and stream trailers
- Order in-room movies and other on-demand entertainment
- Find information about your hotel
- Request housekeeping and room service