10 Ways to Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home

Despite all the fun and fancy hotels we may stay at on our many travels, there’s one thing we can all agree with- they just don’t feel like home. Sure it’s nice to get away, but whenever you’re on the road for a period of time, whether it’s for work or pleasure, sometimes we just miss that comfortable feeling of being in our own familiar space. But don’t let that get in the way of your travels! Instead, why not take a few things with you to not only make you feel at home, but give you your own little place of zen?

1. Candle

One of the quickest ways to make your hotel room your own little spot of familiar zen is to add a delicious scent to the room. How many hotel rooms do you walk into that you immediately recognize how great they smell? Not many. PIck up one of your favorite candles to stuff in your bag, and you’ll soon feel like you’re right at home.

2. Portable Speaker

Our phones are amazing, but they can only do so much when it comes to emitting sound. When you’re hanging out in your hotel room, make sure to bring a long that portable speaker so you’ll be able to relax (or party) like you’re on vacation.

3. Mini Fan

 Ever climbed into your hotel bed, turned out the lights, and found that you’re suddenly surrounded by a deafening silence? If you’re one of those girls that has to have a little white noise in the background, even a little air circulation without the drying blast of ac, a mini fan might be just the thing to make your hotel stay ultra comfortable.

4. Flowers

 You know how placing a vase of fresh flowers in your home instantly brightens the room? Do the same thing in your hotel and you’ll find the room transforms into a sanctuary, not just a foreign space. Buy some flowers from the grocery store, local market, or even pick some on your own. Don’t have a vase? You’ll usually find glasses in the bathroom perfect for your bouquet!

5. Water Filter

Seems like an obvious and practical thing to bring a long, but clean water is something that is so often overlooked. Forget having to stock up on water bottles from the store and instead bring your own water filter you can just fill up and drink right from your hotel sink. No need to run out to the store whenever you’re out!

6. Essential Oils

Sometimes it isn’t that easy to get a full night of sleep when you’re in an unfamiliar bed. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender on your pillow and you’ll find yourself relaxing in your own peaceful dream bed.

7. Robe and Slippers

Forget wrapping yourself in a wet towel or quickly changing into pajamas to get warm. Pull out your own fluffy robe and slippers and you can sit back nice and cozy on your hotel bed just like you’re in your own bedroom back home.

8. Night Light

Don’t find yourself banging into chairs and tables in the middle of the night. When you have your own night light plugged in and ready to go, the soft glow in your room will help you know exactly where you are at all times.

9. Bath Products

If your hotel room has a nice big bathtub, make sure to take advantage of it. Nothing helps you de-stress faster and feel nice and relaxed than a long hot bath. Pack a few bath bombs or bubble bath so you can really take advantage of your new home away from home and jump start a relaxing night of sleep.

10. Comfort Item

Whether it’s your good luck charm you always have with you, a healing crystal that can be placed on your bedside table, or a framed photo of a loved one (because photos on your phone sometimes just don’t have the same effect!), bringing something with you to help bring some balance and positive energy into your temporary new home can make a powerful impact.


Cheat Sheet by Susanna

 

Susanna Williams is a creative writer in a variety of media. Spending years in the independent film industry in Los Angeles, she worked in screenwriting before becoming a distributor of festival winning films.

When she's not working with her start up production company in New Orleans, she writes fiction and raises orphaned baby wildlife. 🐒🐻🐱

She's a huge travel enthusiast with a love for art, fashion, and beauty. (p.s. she wore baby blue velvet booties to her ouiwegirl.com interview. so between that and the baby animal love, clearly, she wins at life.)

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Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

5 Summer Beauty Must Haves

Hi hi,

After spending quite a few of my most recent days beaching or desert dwelling in my favorite swimwear I figured it was high time to share a little cheat sheet round up of the things making my beauty bag cheer YAYYYY as I'm traveling from destination to destination. 

For the record, I was always of the mind set that a bikini, tanning oil (GASP) and the rosiest of lip balms was all a beach bag really needed, but those days have changed a bit. Besides a solid SPF of course, lately I've been kinda swooning over a few other things. I'm loving all the one pieces out there and living for natural self tanners and body scrubs to keep my skin sparkly. 

So here we are, a summer must have cheat sheet to get you beach ready!

Summer Must Haves

1. Bali Body Golden Traveler

Billed as a package featuring "a creamy Luxe Lotion, a Moisturising Sunscreen, the tanning oil you love, and a BB Cream in your favorite shade" and packaged in the cutest travel pouch, I actually can't think of the a better beach kit. Pick from watermelon, cacao or natural tanning & body oil then pick the BB cream shade best suited to your skin.

2. Boys + Arrow One Piece  

A great bathing suit that I feel confident in is major. The retro fitting styles with high waist bottoms and cool one pieces this season are all chic and flattering to any body type. I've been working with a swimwear company in Florida that introduced me to this brand and I'm seriously obsessed.

3. Frank Body Products, in particular the shimmer body scrub!

Frank Body offers a ton of unique exfoliating coffee scrubs that help with acne scars while preventing cellulite and elevate natural glowing skin. The unicorn scrub exfoliates & leaves skin with a shimmering glow. And, honestly, unicorn everything is wayyyyy on trend.

4. Matrix Style Sunnies

A new pair of sunnies always make me feel cool and are necessary for the summer sun! Think early 90s vibes, and smaller lensed shades & cat eyes.

5. Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit

I mentioned this good stuff a few months back and honestly, a bright smile will have you feeling fully your best... add a little bronze glow, with a swipe of a rose tinted balm and you'll need nothing else. 

What's on your summer beauty list lovelies? 

Here's a few other things I'm loving.

 

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Packing List for Minimalist Travel

Hi wanderlusters! We're back today with another cheat sheet. This one is for those of you interested in packing light. 

Minimalist traveling doesn't have to be difficult, or leave you feeling like you're out of the fashion game. Susanna's tips below (and the cheat sheet) will ensure you've got everything you need to be your chicest self on your next adventure. 

Minimalist Traveling

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What Oui Wear: Minimalist Traveling

Only pack things you love to wear. Not the “eh, maybe I’ll wear this one” pieces. You’ll wear your favorites over and over again, different ways, which is what you want to keep in mind when packing light. Always bring a few of your favorite basics that can be worn multiple times. Think tank tops that can go with everything. Throw in a pair of shorts, and you can swap the color tanks each day. Throw them on with a skirt or jeans, add some jewelry and a jacket for night. The best thing to keep in mind is to pack a couple of tops that can be matched with a couple of bottoms, and mix and match them throughout your time traveling.

Stay away from a brand new outfit each day. Save this for when you’re home. When you’re on the road (or plane), you’ll be so thankful for a minimalist wardrobe instead of dragging around a heavy bag stocked with clothes you’ll only end up wearing a few of anyway. Below are a few items to pack to get you in the right mindset for mixing items and re-wearing with a few tweaks. When you’re mixing around your favorite clothes, you’ll be confidently dressed in a matter of minutes and out the door to do what you’re traveling for - exploring.


Little Black Dress

You can wear it casual for the day, then throw on a jacket for the night, add a statement necklace, and you’re good to go. Take that same dress, tie a belt around it, or add a cardigan/kimono, your other pair of packed shoes, and you’ve turned it into a new day outfit.

Maxi/Midi Dress

This dress is so easy to wear flowing and light during the day, then with a little jewelry and lipstick, you can go straight into the night with it.

Denim

One pair of jeans. Preferably dark as they can go from day to night flawlessly. Mixing shirts, you’ll find this is really all you need.

Backpack

Practical and cute to wear on your back while out and about traveling and sightseeing. Get a flashy one where you can sling it over your shoulder at night for an instant gorgeous purse. Two purses in one. Done.

Leather Jacket

Nothing takes any daytime outfit to instant nighttime cool like a leather jacket. That day dress you’ve been in, that t-shirt and jeans/cutouts, throw a leather jacket on and hit a restaurant or night spot and you’re instantly put together. Let this be your go to jacket for traveling. Best to keep it down to one jacket when it’s summertime travelling. You’ll find that’s really all you need. Not several options “just in case.”

Extra Outerwear

This one isn’t a jacket. This is one extra item that can be used multiple times to change up an outfit, or have something to drape over you when the warm nights get a little cool. Think kimonos or cardigans.

Scarf

Throw on some lipstick and this big thin scarf to wrap around your neck or shoulders and you have a quick upgrade to a night outfit. Tie it around your neck to give any of your day outfits a new look.

Leggings

Easy to sleep in (minus the leather version), lounge in, and throw under a dress. Take one of your tank tops you’ve packed, and you’re good to go.

Shoes

Match your outfit to your shoes. That way you’ll know you have a pair of shoes for everything. Pick two pairs of shoes that can go with your packed color scheme. (Three if you really need them, but no more. Shoes take up way too much room.) A nice ankle boot that can work for both night and day can cut down on heels if you don’t really need them. A pair of tennis shoes that can go with both day, and a casual night. And for that third pair, sandals for the summer, or a nice wedge to wear in place of heels. The less shoes the better.

I’ve heard this tip many times, and found it to hold true since no matter how lightly I pack, I still somehow don’t wear all the items. Once you have everything picked out, bite the bullet and take away too items that you really won’t need. They’re in there. You’ll be glad for the extra room once you’re on the road. Another bonus to keep in mind when you’re traveling is to keep in mind the amazing stores you’re bound to run across - you'll want to add to your wardrobe while shopping. So don’t overpack so you can leave plenty of room for some exciting finds.

Cheat Sheet by Susanna


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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".