The Simply Luxurious Life®: What to Pack for a Luxurious Hotel Stay  

April 26, 2011

What to Pack for a Luxurious Hotel Stay

A simple way to make sure your time away from home, whether it be for business or pleasure, is a relaxing retreat when you retire to your hotel room is to pack the luxurious essentials that will ensure a pampered and tranquil experience.

While there are many lists out there that tell you what to pack regarding the essentials for clothes, beauty supplies, etc – this list covers the pampering – feel-good items to always include in your travel luggage to provide a restful, relaxing and enjoyable experience whether you are alone or spending time with someone else.

After all, while our house is our sanctuary, wherever we sleep at night can also be transformed into our temporary sanctuary if we happen to be on vacation, on a business trip or simply changing it up a bit and treating ourselves to a night in an extravagant hotel.

Pampering Packing List

I-Feel-Beautiful Pajamas

Nothing makes a night’s sleep more luxurious than slipping into freshly cleaned and pressed pajamas no matter what they may be made of (I prefer cotton or silk). Whether you have a set reserved for traveling or it’s your favorite pair at home, always make sure to pack them.


Especially if you are traveling in chillier months, pack your slippers to help keep you warm and cozy.

Reading Material

Aside from my luggage, I always have a tote specially reserved for the magazines I need to read, books I am dying to read and my planner. Often times, I am unable to make it through everything, but I prefer to have choices.


Often, 4 and 5 star hotels provide terry-cloth or waffle-weave robes, however, unless you know for sure, bring your own.


Introduce a scent to your room just before bed and you are certain to create an environment that is welcoming to the sight as well as to your nose.

Bubble Bath

Pack your favorite bubble bath, maybe a special L’occitane bubbles, and reserve one bottle for only your travels.  Soaking in a quiet room after a busy day of meetings, shopping or site seeing is an easy way to pamper yourself.


I always enjoy a cup of tea in the evening to wind down before going to bed, and often the tea that is available in my room isn’t to my liking.  By bringing my favorite tea bags with me, I know I am one step closer to a deep night’s sleep.


Upon Arrival:

After checking in and tipping the bellboy, take a few minutes to completely unpack, placing your clothes in the closet and drawers, organizing your beauty products and utensils in the bathroom, setting up your nightstand just so (books, glasses, etc) and locate everything in your room that you may use – the desk, iron, robe, remote, etc.

After setting it up, hide your suitcases and other luggage so that your room truly feels like your sanctuary.  By doing this you are helping to create an environment of calm that, while small in effort, can yield very great results.


While this is a list that has worked for me, I would love to hear what you have found to be useful in creating a sanctuary away from home while you travel. Happy travels everyone!

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At April 26, 2011 at 3:50 AM , Blogger Haughty by Nature said...

Summery cotton nightgowns are my favorite to sleep in. Why does anyone wear sweatshirts and flannel to bed when these are so light and comfortable?

Sometimes I like to place a small photograph on my nightstand to make it feel more like home.

At April 26, 2011 at 4:30 AM , Blogger Cara said...


At April 26, 2011 at 6:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do this on trips. I love relaxing in some place new. I have never brought a candle. I should try that next time.

At April 26, 2011 at 6:23 AM , Blogger Layers and Layers said...

Great ideas ... never occurred to me to bring along some of these items, but you are right, they would make such a difference! Lovely article.

At April 26, 2011 at 6:40 AM , Blogger Silver Magpies said...


At April 26, 2011 at 6:52 AM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Cara - Champagne - fantastic idea!!! And someone special to enjoy it with perhaps? :)

Silver Magpies - yes, yes!

Great ideas everyone. Thank you for sharing and adding on to my list. :)

At April 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great post and perfect timing for me as my husband and I are going to be spending 2 days and one night away at a luxury country resort this weekend (away from kiddies) and I'm so looking forward to it! We have a full itinerary planned of spa (couples massage & mani/pedi for me), hiking, biking, lovely dinner in their restaurant and generally just taking some time to relax and be together without the kids. So, thank you! You have inspired me to make the most of our time away! -Hope

At April 26, 2011 at 9:39 AM , Blogger lexi920 said...

I will be planning a family vacation at Disneyland. I won't be staying anywhere remotely luxurious but I will be with my family and I will keep a luxurious state of mind by reading fashion mags poolside!

At April 26, 2011 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Plami said...

Lovely post! Reading it made me dream about a luxurious vacation!


At April 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM , Anonymous KBG in DC said...

I used to travel all the time for work so I have this down to a science. In addition to your excellent suggestions, I bring:

* iPod and portable speakers
* a cozy shawl or throw (keeps you warm or covers an ugly bedspread)
* snacks, especially decadent, not-sharing-with-anyone chocolate
* mini-champagne for the bubble bath

And if I'm there for at least two nights, after I check in I go to the nearest grocery, buy a pretty bouquet of flowers, and borrow a vase from room service (all but the lowest budget hotels have them available to borrow). I leave them for the maid, along with her tip, when I check out.

At April 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM , Blogger said...

how did you know?!!? hunkiest and i are leaving thursday for luxury getaway.
i. cannot. wait.

days at the spa, 5 course meals by candlelight, and a stroll in town.

farewell reality.

At April 27, 2011 at 6:01 AM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

KBG - what a great idea! I am going to catalog your idea for purchasing flowers during long stays and then leaving them along with the tip for the maid upon departure. I would have never thought of that. Thank you for sharing. :)

Goodniteirene - Enjoy!!!! Sounds absolutely luxurious. :)

Anonymous - what an lovely idea. Enjoy the time away to relax and just be. :)

At April 30, 2011 at 7:35 AM , Blogger Shopgirl said...

A really fabulous post - I am going away next month and will be taking your advice when I'm packing :)

At June 8, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Blogger scriptoria88 said...

Love your posts! When I travel I bring along a small can of either lavender or rose essential oil to remove the sterility of the hotel room. Two drops on the lightbulb and the room smells heavenly!

At June 8, 2011 at 6:38 PM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

scriptoria88 - what a great idea! I would have never thought to do that. Thank you for sharing. :)

At October 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Blogger Juddlesbug said...
I found a 4 star Hotel for $100.00 a night or less. I don't work for them or nothing but if you are like me and can't afford the high prices you might just try this site. I did and it worked, me and my family are finally getting to spend a weekend at a nice motel...Happy travels!!!

At March 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea about the flowers...why not leave the maid the tip + the cost of the flowers instead? If you are away for work or pleasure, chances are you won;t get much enjoyment of the flowers abyway...

At September 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM , Anonymous hotel-program-one said...

Hotel looks lovely. Would love to plan a city break to Paris so I'll definitely keep your recommendations in mind!


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