Unpacking: yes, it's an art
Getting setup in your room sets the tone for the rest of your stay in that hotel. I like to unpack first thing, and get organized so my stay in that city is enjoyable and packing and transferring to my next hotel or back home is smooth and as seamless as possible.
Always use the luggage rack, or a non upholstered bench/chair, because bedbugs are real no matter how nice your accommodations are.
Immediately hang anything you plan to wear during your stay to allow the wrinkles to fall. Lay out shoes and any accessories you will be using. I make sure to set up my uniform for the next day, so I don’t have to think about it again until it’s time for me to go.
I also take this opportunity to roll out my little travel “mat” (it’s actually a small, easy to pack anywhere, Turkish towel my sister gave me, and I love finding any excuse to use it). Finding a spot in the room will be a little reminder for me to make sure I stretch and do some form of movement during my down time.
Next, I’ll get my toiletries arranged. Which you may not think anything of this, but I take special care here. Someone once told me that the bathroom counter is the filthiest place in a hotel because cleaners will just wipe it down without using any cleaning agents. yuck. So I grab a hand towel and use that as a barrier before setting anything down. I have no evidence whether or not this is true, but, better safe than sorry! All make up, tooth and hair brushes, flat iron, etc-they all go on the towel.
Lastly, I’ll grab all my chargers and set them up for different devices around the room. Work phone goes on the desk and charges all day/night, personal phone and computer charger next to the bed and Fitbit charger in the bathroom.
By taking a few minutes to get things arranged, it allows me to then spend the rest of my layover exploring the city or resting, without having to tear my bag apart, searching for my tights at 2:45am.