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May 25, 2015

EDC ProTip: How to Survive Sharing a Hotel Room

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Written by: Margaret Kern

 EDC Las Vegas 2015 is less than a month away, and now would be a good time to figure out your sleeping accommodations if you haven’t already. Will you book a hotel room? Are you going to crash on someone’s couch? Or will you go where the wind takes you and just pitch a tent somewhere? I’m going to go out on a limb and assume most of you will book a hotel room, and share said room with a few other people. Whether you’re sharing the room with your close friends, or a few acquaintances, or complete strangers, sharing such a small space can get really old really fast. Here’s a few tips to help make your stay go as smooth as possible, and to keep you from being the roommate from hell. 

Figure Out How You Will Pay For The Room
To make sure everything is fair, and everyone is on the same page, you should work out dividing the cost of the room BEFORE you get to the check in desk. Not only should you come to an agreement of how much each person will be responsible for paying, I would also suggest deciding whose credit card will be used to pay for the room, and COLLECT THE MONEY IN ADVANCE! Figuring this all out in advance will save everyone a giant headache. You’re here to have a good time, and dance your butt off, not scramble to cover the cost of your hotel at the last minute.

Stay Neat And Organized
When you’re sharing a small hotel room with two or three people, the room can get messy really fast if you’re not on top of things, and a messy space can be stressful for some people. Once you’re all checked in, un pack your stuff. Put your clean clothes away in a drawer or hang them up in the closet, and then put your dirty clothes back in your suitcase. This will minimize unnecessary clutter, and make packing a breeze when it’s time to check out.

Don’t Be A Bathroom Hog!
It’s really easy to run into conflict when you’ve got three or four people sharing one bathroom, but do your best not to contribute to the struggle. If you’re going to take a shower, please make sure no one else has to pee first. If you need to put on makeup or style your hair, do it in the common area so the bathroom is free for people who need to shower…. or go number two. Most hotel rooms have multiple mirrors outside of the bathroom for this very reason. If everyone in your room is on the same page about bathroom utilization, you probably won’t even notice you’re sharing a bathroom.

Be Respectful Of Everyone’s Time When Getting Ready For The Day
I don’t know about you, but my BIGGEST pet peeve is being late, especially if it’s because someone else took 6 years to get ready. We are all adults, and should have a pretty good idea of how much time we need to get ready for our day. So plan accordingly, and remember to give yourself a little more time because you’re sharing a bathroom with multiple people. If you’re like me, and have a million things to do before you start your day, I would suggest waking up before everyone else so you can do your thing stress free.

Be Courteous When Using The Bathroom
A lot of the hotels in Las Vegas use low flow toilets. That being said, sometimes you need to flush more than once. So after you use the bathroom, do everyone else a favor and take the extra second to make sure the toilet actually flushed. Last year I had the privilege of seeing my friends’ poop literally EVERY TIME I went to use the bathroom. It got old real quick. Don’t traumatize your roommates, make sure the toilet flushes completely.

I can’t stress this enough, HAVE FUN! Listen to music, talk about your favorite DJ sets of the day, order pizza, make friends with your neighbors, or do cartwheels down the hallway. The fun shouldn’t have to stop once you get back to the hotel.

There will always be a few hiccups when you’re sharing a hotel room with other people, but if you keep all of these tips in mind your time in Vegas should go a lot smoother. Again, you’re here to have a good time and dance your butt off, not be bothered by hotel room drama that could have easily been avoided.

Check out more stories from Margaret Kern on EDM Identity!


About the Author

Margaret Kern
Margaret Kern grew up in San Bernardino County, California. She moved to San Diego in 2007 to attend college where she discovered electronic music and attended her first event in Mission Beach. Since then she’s gone to numerous events and festivals across the country including Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza, Summerset, and Soundset. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN and is the current Midwest Correspondent for EDM Identity finding any and every EDM friendly event from Nebraska to Wisconsin.



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