Not to say I've traveled a lot, but enough that I'm always a platinum member with at least one hotel chain, and often two at a time.
First off, buy a little french press, and some bubble wrap. The french press is your friend!!! He doesn't take up much space, weighs very little, doesn't require electricity, and makes a darn good cup of coffee.
Next, go to the local dollar store and buy a cheap cup. Nothing is as depressing as a good coffee, in a hotel foam cup or worse yet, plastic glass. The buck you spend is well worth it. Also if it gets broken or lost no big deal.
Now for the coffee. In a perfect world you would carry a package of fresh roasted beans and a grinder. However the world isn't perfect. Just before leaving home, grind your beans, and seal them. I have a food vacuum sealer, and make a bunch of mini bags. However you could get buy with something less.
If you are going on a long trip, like I often do. I carry enough coffee to get me through several days. In that time, I can usually find a local coffee supplier.
Also there is a lot to be said for bottled water! While the odds are the tap water is safe, it won't taste like home, and in some cases can be darn right bad tasting.
As for those packets the hotel provides for their 4 cup machine. Don't waste it, pack it along with any other little items you didn't use (lotion, shampoo & etc). You may not use it, but there are a lot of shelters for battered women and the homeless that are happy to receive these little goodies. Every year I donate a huge box of goodies, everything from slippers to coffee.
Last edited by robinpow; 08-03-2010 at 11:25 PM.