Storage and luggage retailers also sell zip-up bags specifically for this purpose.
"I've even seen people traveling with garbage bags wrapped around their suitcases," Henriksen says.
Next, broaden your bedbug search to the area immediately surrounding the bed: behind picture frames, under the telephone and alarm clock, and even in books, says Johnson.
But if you've planned a camping trip, your chances of encountering bedbugs will likely be lower.
When you return home from vacation, wash all your clothingeven the items you didn't wearin hot water.
"They don't like the tile floors and there aren't as many hiding places.
They like to be closer to where people may be sleeping."Here's how to check for a bedbug infestation: Pull back the linens, and check all the way around and under the mattress and behind the headboard.
"The overwhelming majority of businesses in the hospitality industry are doing a great job in having an action plan in place to protect themselves and their guests," says Henriksen.
Many hotels conduct proactive inspections and work with pest management companies to quickly remedy any problems.These pesky critters can cause severe itching and welt-like bites, and it's costly to get rid of them if they follow you home.What's more, research suggests they can cause financial distress, anxiety, and social isolation. With these easy tips, you can cut your chances of critter trouble while on the road."Insecticides aren't good for anyone, especially young children, and you might want to ask for another room or switch hotels if you think you're being exposed."Any suspicious marking or evidence of bugs should be enough to warrant a new room, and when it comes to a bedbug scare, hotel staff should be more than willing to oblige.Request that your new room be at least two floors away from the initial room, says Henriksen, since chances are good that the bugs may spread via the wallboards or electrical sockets.If you don't like to make waves, it may be tempting to stick with the room you've got, despite a little dirt on the mattress. Bedbugs, unlike mosquitoes and ticks, do not actively transmit diseases, but a 2011 Canadian study found that they could carry germs from one person to anotherincluding the antibiotic-resistant germ, MRSA.