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After getting off your flight, navigating through a busy terminal, hailing a taxi and lugging your bags to your hotel room, you’d be excused for wanting a bit of a lie down.

But many travel experts think this is a bad idea.

Before you do anything else, the first thing you should do when entering a new hotel room, is peeling back the bedding, and checking for any traces of bed bugs.

Time Magazine travel writers Brad Tuttle and Erik Torkells explain: “The first thing you should do in a new room: peel back the bedding and check the seams of the mattress for traces of bedbugs — bloodstains or actual bugs.”

It goes without saying that bedbugs are probably the last souvenir you want to be bringing home from your trip, which is why you must also be cautious about your bag.

“The main way travellers bring bedbugs home is when their bags get infested after touching bedspreads or mattresses,” Tuttle and Torkells write.

“When packing or unpacking your bag, put it on an upholstered piece of furniture — a dresser or one of those folding luggage stands. Also, avoid putting your clothes into dresser drawers, if possible. Keep your possessions in your luggage or hang things up in the closet instead.”

Were you aware of this tip? Have you ever brought bed bugs home?

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