We've all tried it - rushed from expensive hotels, motel or from a campsite and got the place to find discover we had left out something of value. Clothes, phone chargers, shampoos, medicine, books, tent pegs - take your pick, we've left it behind. And today the problem is two-fold - did your accommodation (maid) assume it had been something for lost and found in order to be thrown out? And just how much does it cost you to have it shipped for you If it's found?
Here are a few tips to prevent you from leaving things behind to begin with.
Don't unpack anything before you require it. Many sweaters and bathrobes remain on the hanger behind bathroom doors since the party anticipated needing them and then forgot they'd unpacked them. Or they hang a dirty shirt there when taking a shower. If you are staying for just about any serious period of time (a couple of days to some week) and also you don't wish to mix dirty clothes with clean things inside your suitcase, place the soiled clothes inside a drawer by themselves until you leave. Don't put them in a white laundry or garbage bag on the floor. Should you accidentally let it rest behind, the maid will assume it's either garbage or unwanted and can usually throw it out and it will never reach lost and found.
Do a walk-through when you check out. Look under beds, behind open doors (especially towards the bathroom) as well as in all the drawers. Check the bed linens also - sometimes valuable items get up to date in sheets and spreads and therefore are never witnessed again. Check the shower for shampoos or conditioners, the restroom for medicines including in the cabinet if it opens. Check electrical outlets especially for phone chargers - they and camera battery or iPod chargers are THE most typical items left behind plus some are not worth shipping home when they only cost $15 to exchange. If camping, do a walk-through from the whole area - under the tent and picnic table areas, close to the fire pit and close to where the car was sitting. They are where many items which fall out of pockets tend to be found in the light of day.