Bed Bug Travel Tips – How To Prevent Bringing Them Home

Written by: Jared Brost

Here Are Some Valuable Suggestions To Ensure “Bed Bug Proof” Travel

Bed Bug Travel Tips

Before Choosing A Location

  • Reach out to the hotels that you are interested in and inquire if they utilize anti-bed bug mattress encasements.
  • Research your location of interest or the address of the hotel for any recent bed bug reports. This information can be found online at

Bed Bug Tips Before Leaving Your House

  • Pack using a quality luggage liner making it easier to identify bed bugs.
  • Pack everything in bed bug-free luggage liners
  • Pack a small flashlight to be better able to search for an indication of bed bugs.
  • Pack a laundry bag that prevents bed bugs and ensure to keep your clothes off the floor.

Bed Bug Tips When Arriving At Your Destination

  • Here’s where your flashlight comes in handy! Inspect all the nooks and crannies of your hotel room, especially around mattresses, box springs, upholstered chairs, drawers, headboards, carpets, closets, and wall hangings.
  • Pull the sheets off the mattresses and inspect all edges and folds in both the mattress and the box spring.

Bed Bug Tips While On Vacation

  • Don’t leave your suitcase on the floor or chairs.
  • Keep your shoes inside of your suitcase while not in use rather than leaving them on the floor.
  • Only take the clothes out that you will be wearing and close the luggage liner immediately afterward. They work well as a drawer liner, as well.
  • Put all dirty clothes in bed bug proof laundry bags.
  • The bathroom counter may be the safest place for luggage.

Bed Bug Tips When Back At Home

  • Before checking out, recheck the outside of your luggage, laundry bag, clothes, and shoes for hitchhiking bed bugs.
  • If you find bed bugs in your suitcase or clothes, leave them there. It is far cheaper to buy yourself a new suitcase and outfit than it is to pay for a bed bug extermination.
  • Unpack your bags outdoors if possible.
  • Vacuum the inside and outside of your luggage as well as the outside of your bed bug-free luggage liner and laundry bag before entering the house. Do not use a bagless vacuum for this, as you will only transfer the problem. Be sure to dispose of each bag after vacuuming.
  • Wash & dry your clothing (and if possible luggage) in extreme heat. Over 140 degrees Fahrenheit to be safe.
  • If you can’t wash your clothing at such heats, you should have it dry cleaned. If you have a bed bug problem, please let your dry cleaner know about it before they handle your clothes.
  • If dry cleaning is too expensive for you, you can leave your clothes out in the extreme heat (again over 140 degrees) or cold (below 32 degrees) for a few days. Bed bugs cannot live in such extreme temperatures.

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