My hotel checklist: what I take with me when I check into a hotel ?

Hi friends, this post is actually inspired from my stay at the 5 star Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown L.A. last year. I usually stay at the hotel once every year for a yoga conference, and room service kind of gets expensive with all the extra taxes one has to pay, so I try to bring with me atleast some snacks that can keep me going through the day even if I am not having a regular meal. One time a friend asked me to help her with what she should carry with her to the hotel, so I made up a list of things to share with all of you who would be interested in such a thing. So here goes my list!

P.S. You may want to check if the hotel room you are checking in, has a refrigerator; one time I stayed at the Marriott and I actually had to ask for a refrigerator which they came and plugged in immediately. I know the Westin Bonaventure also rents microwaves for a very nominal rate, incase you want one in your room.

1. Half and Half for coffee addicts is a must :)

Ok, so I can't imagine to begin my day or keep going during the day without many good cups of coffee made my way, and since I like a lot of cream in my coffee, if I am not carrying a 'half and half' myself, I am left at the mercy of hotel room service for my supply of 'cream and sugar'! P.S. Make sure your room has a coffee maker otherwise the Electric Moka Espresso Maker from Bialetti is your best bet--quite dependable and travel friendly :).

This organic Half and Half from Horizon is totally awesome! Image©gunjanvirk

This organic Half and Half from Horizon is totally awesome! Image©gunjanvirk

The Electric Moka Espresso Maker from Bialetti is your best bet for a travel coffee maker! Image©gunjanvirk

The Electric Moka Espresso Maker from Bialetti is your best bet for a travel coffee maker! Image©gunjanvirk

2. Roasted mixed nuts from Lassens is just my thing!

I have to confess that my mouth started watering as I was posting this picture of the nuts from Lassens-the natural food and vitamins shop! I always feel so healthy and good when I reach out for them, either with my coffee or just to have as a snack during the day!

Roasted mixed nuts makes for a healthy snack! Image©gunjanvirk

Roasted mixed nuts makes for a healthy snack! Image©gunjanvirk

Roasted mixed nuts from Lassens. Image©gunjanvirk

Roasted mixed nuts from Lassens. Image©gunjanvirk

3. Who can do without chocolates!

I work out even when I am on vacation so I don't worry about eating some chocolate every now and then! Chocolates are great mood busters and make an excellent snack for my long hotel stays--somehow my heart always finds comfort and tranquility in a piece of good chocolate when I am away from family and friends. :)

Peanut butter cups. Image©gunjanvirk

Peanut butter cups. Image©gunjanvirk

This peanut butter chocolate from Justin's has two dark chocolate cups filled with delicious peanut butter! It amplifies my mood and gives me the energy I need especially when I am traveling for work and on vacations and hotel stays! Image©gunjanvirk

This peanut butter chocolate from Justin's has two dark chocolate cups filled with delicious peanut butter! It amplifies my mood and gives me the energy I need especially when I am traveling for work and on vacations and hotel stays!

Image©gunjanvirk

4. My favorite kettle cooked potato chips are a great holiday snack!

I love these kettle cooked potato chips that come in different flavors--there is nothing like indulging in these chips after a good swim when I am on vacation!

 
Kettle cooked potato chips from Deep River. Image©gunjanvirk

Kettle cooked potato chips from Deep River. Image©gunjanvirk

 

5. Kind Healthy Grains make a delicious breakfast, snack and dinner!

If my room rate does not include breakfast, taking with me some packets of muesli/granola and milk (perhaps the small throw-away tetra packs, if there is no refrigerator in the room), is what I usually do to ensure that I don't go totally hungry before I begin my day. It also saves me money and time not to have the hotel breakfast buffet. :) Sometimes, I may even have it as my dinner if I am too lazy to go out to eat or running out of money to order something in my room. 

Kind Healthy Grains make an excellent breakfast and a snack too! Image©gunjanvirk

Kind Healthy Grains make an excellent breakfast and a snack too! Image©gunjanvirk

6. Some cheese and bread always comes in handy!

This is usually my 4p.m. meal with a nice cup of coffee!

Nary Dairy dairy-free cream cheese. Image©gunjanvirk

Nary Dairy dairy-free cream cheese. Image©gunjanvirk

7. A small meal with boiled eggs is awesome too!

Last time my sister bought some boiled eggs at the Bonaventure hotel food-court/floor and fixed this delicious 2-minute lunch for us--organic bread with cherry tomatoes, some cheese and eggs, add a dash of salsa for a perfect midday meal!

Organic bread with cherry tomatoes, cheese and eggs. Image©gunjanvirk

Organic bread with cherry tomatoes, cheese and eggs. Image©gunjanvirk

Ok, so I would be totally interested in what you carry before checking in a hotel....? Post your list in the comments section and oh yes, I forgot water...I always carry my own water....who is going to pay $5 for a small bottle of water...!