I am not talking about tiny, expensive, breakable bottles of essences that will do miraculous things. I have a fairly sensitive nose and how things smell matters to me. There are a lot of less than pleasant smells in the world.
Here’s are some mundane things I bring along to make things more comfortable.
I put a bar of nice smelling soap (usually lemon verbena or lavender) in a mesh bag in my suitcase to keep it smelling clean and nice. This has the added benefit of making sure that I have soap I can use in case I react badly to the ones available, or if for some reason I am somewhere without it. Even soap with a fairly mild scent can make a surprising difference to the…shall we say…aura of a suitcase. Just make sure you like the smell.
You can also help shoes that need to be freshened up by putting a bit of soap in them for an hour or so.
I like the smell of coffee and it is strong enough to cover up a lot of unpleasant odors in a hotel room (or just in general). Especially if you hold it close to your nose. I usually carry instant single serving packets of decaf.
There are many lovely smelling herbal teas and brewing up a cup can make a room smell really nice. Two of my favorites for making things smell nice are Constant Comment, which smells of oranges and spices, and peppermint.
Over to you:
- Do smells affect your comfort?
- When traveling are there things you do to make things smell better?