Travel Laundry Laments

Clean up on business trips without cleaning out your pocketbook.

Business travelers often get taken to thecleaners-literally-when they're on the road. Manytimes, guests have little choice but to use their hotel's valetservice. But hotels charge outrageous markups for doing laundrybecause they know they can. Check out the following tips to avoidthese high prices.

  • Bring enough clothes to last the whole week even if that meansyou'll be carrying an extra piece of luggage on the plane.
  • Pack smart. Anticipate what you'll need and what youwon't. Even the most seasoned business travelers sometimesbring the wrong clothes on a trip.
  • Ask the concierge or front desk if there's a washingmachine on the premises. Coin-operated appliances are far lessexpensive than dry cleaning. Sometimes hotels will allow guests touse their in-house, industrial-strength washing machines ifneeded.

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