Editor’s note: Ugh, I don’t even really want to post this. Who wants a photo of their bathroom sink posted online?
In my defense, there was TOTALLY staging involved – of which I was entirely unaware. My stuff is not that spread out, usually.
Anyway. This is the second post in a three-part series written by Mr. Belle Voyage about traveling with a guy. Specifically, what it’s like from HIS perspective. You can read the first post, all about air travel, here.
So without further ado, here’s post number TWO, about sharing a hotel room in peace….just don’t judge me, or my bathroom sink. Or if you do, be kind.
How to Enjoy Your Hotel Room Without Killing Each Other
It was a little unfair for me to write my last post on how to survive a flight with your significant other because I really don’t have to deal with many of the issues that I described.
When I get onto a plane with my wife, she throws her headphones on, opens a book and mentally checks out. I’ve always been able to zone out, too, without complaints from her. And she NEVER checks a bag.
But this post hits home. Let me start by showing you a picture:
This is our bathroom at home. Guess which side is mine?
Now, many women will say “that’s not fair…women have more stuff.” Fair enough.
And I’m not about to start telling you that women have too many eye shadows or lip glosses or mascara doodlers or sonic thingies. Because I don’t even know what half that stuff does, so who am I to tell you that you need to get rid of some of it.
However, I am going to point out the obvious: Obvious point #1: These things take up a lot of space. Obvious point #2: Hotel sinks are sized for people that travel with nothing other than a toothbrush. So when you squeeze all of my stuff AND this:
You end up with the guy getting hosed.
For the most part, we are ok with this. As evidenced by my picture above, we generally don’t have a lot of bathroom items to bring with us, and those that we have usually fit into our travel case. We only ask for a few things:
1) Leave us a cup for our toothbrush. If there are two cups in the bathroom and if you claim both in the name of makeup brushes everywhere, we may have a problem.
2) Don’t take EVERY available space in the bathroom. The sink counter? Fine. The single shelf that might be available? Ok. The shower? Fine for some things, but if you don’t want it getting wet don’t put it there. The floor? Stop there.
Also, that is kind of gross.
The back of the toilet? Again, kind of gross. You may be overpacking at this point, or your hotel sink is too small, and you need to change hotels immediately. Listen, men can be simple creatures at times, and when I walk in the bathroom to shower or use the facilities I get very confused if I need to move things around just to proceed with my transaction. VERY CONFUSED. Let’s just say you don’t want us very confused.
3) If we do claim some sink space and we place something there that happens to be in the line of fire from some makeup brushes, just let us know. If I pick up my electric razor and put it on my face only to discover that is smearing powder on my cheeks and I look like Bozo the clown I am going to become very confused again.
Next up, my final guest post: How to plan and execute the perfect vacation without killing your significant other.
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