10-second tip: an easy travel hack for your hotel room.

As I’ve mentioned before, I must admit that I’m not very good at packing light. I’m more of a “throw it all in and sort it out later” kind of packer, but even so, there are a few things I always end up NOT packing…then wishing I had.

One of those things is a portable speaker. When I’m tossing things into my open suitcase, there are so many other things that seem more important at the time (shoes, an extra sweater, maybe my fuzzy bathrobe if I’m feeling extra indulgent). Somehow, a portable speaker never quite makes the cut.

But then I arrive at my destination. Somehow it always feels silly and not really worth it to listen to music on my phone, and my somehow my phone never ends up fitting into the in-room docking station, so somehow I just don’t listen to music in my hotel room. Normally, this doesn’t bother me, but sometimes you just want a little music!

So, when I learned about this travel hack, I was thrilled. It’s so easy, and it makes all the difference.

Just put your phone in the (empty) ice bucket. All of a sudden, you’ve got an instant speaker.

IMG_8053Someone who will be especially happy about this: my friend Hottie. (Hottie – now we can listen to Sara Smile and Atomic Dog! Woo hoo!)

Hope you can use this tip, too. 🙂


  1. Same hack works with solid cup holders in cars (as opposed to just the flimsy cup holders that pop out and are “open-air”) if that car doesn’t have modern USB sync hookups.

  2. Be very aware, if doing this, to ensure that the ice bucket is totally empty and dry. I learned this hack about 10 years ago. I loved it until the day came that a hotel I frequented had my favorited room waiting for me. That included a bucket of ice that had, by the time I got around to deciding to play some music, melted down. It was late and the lights were dim. Without paying any real attention, I turned the music on, lifted the lid off the bucket and gently placed my iPod into several inches of water. It drowned!
    You’d think I would have learned from that but I did almost identically the same thing just last year with my 3 day old iPhone 6plus. Unsalvageable and day 1 of a 7 day trip. Thankfully it being so new, I did have everything backed up.

    • Points Pixie says:

      ringsthecaddy – Oh no! Thanks for the warning. Sounds like something that would happen to me. 🙂

  3. Atomic Dog Yeah!!

  4. thank you for the reminder to bring my little speaker but thank you for the hack as well in case I forget in the future

  5. OK, pretty gross there….cell phones are notoriously germ-filled…and you put it in an ice bucket? I know they have the disposable liners, but it’s still gross.

    • Points Pixie says:

      Chip – Hmmm…I agree that germs are super gross. Personally I always wash out my ice bucket, then use a liner, so no matter what has been in it before, I’m safe.

  6. You are absolutely right! I am thrilled to learn about this. And since I would rather dance around a hotel room than stress about germs this totally works for me. Can’t we just keep it light and just thank a sistah’ for her good ideas instead of looking for the worst case scenerio?

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