Frequent travelers tell Traveler & Leisure that they bring a scent from home to try to lessen the “first night effect.”

So when Hajifotiou travels, she brings a lavender sachet bag from home and puts it on her pillow in each hotel.

“This works in two ways,” she said. “One, it is a familiar sight and two, the smell is reassuringly familiar and helps my brain to settle down and get to sleep.”