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Protect yourself from bed bugs when on the road

April 27, 2011 by
Photo courtesy of Mi Pah

While many of us like to bring home a souvenir or two when we travel, there are certain things we’d rather not bring home with us.  Falling into this category would definitely be bed bugs.  If the very thought of these creepy crawly bloodsuckers eeks you out, there are some precautions you can take when traveling.

  • You can quickly check to see if your destination has had any reports of bed bug outbreaks.
  • Bring your own pillow, such as our 600 Fill Power White Goose Down Travel Pillow.
  • If you’d rather not pack a pillow, you may prefer to simply pack a bed bug proof protector that you can slip on over the hotel’s pillow.
  • Line your luggage with bed bug travel liners or some other type of air-tight bag.
  • Upon arrival, take a few minutes to give the room a once-over.  Pull the bed away from the wall, look in the seams of the mattress & boxspring, couch cushion seams, drape creases, corners where the walls meet & where the walls meet the floor.
  • If the hotel provides a luggage rack, be sure to use that instead of putting your luggage on the floor or couch.  If there is NO luggage rack, try to use a dresser, or better yet, the bathtub.
  • Keep dirty laundry in heavy duty trash bags that you dispose of OUTSIDE your house upon return.  Or you may opt to purchase dissolvable laundry bags to forgo keeping potentially infested trash bags on your property.
  • Wash your clothes immediately in hot water & dry on hot to kill any bed bugs.
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By taking some precautions, you’ll be able to rest a little easier that you won’t be bringing home some uninvited companions!  Happy traveling!

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