Ever think about how unsanitary the TV remote control in hotels rooms might be? Sure just about anything else in the room is probably infectious also, but TV remotes are an example I often think about. I decided to start bringing my own remote control a while back and it has turned out to be pretty useful. Not only do you feel like you may be avoiding the plague, but sometimes you can also get to TV controls that are disabled on the hotel provided remote. Another advantage is being able to change the channel or volume if the buttons are worn out on the remote in the room. The RCA R55NA (pictured above) is small, inexpensive, easy to program, and works well for me.