you’ve checked into your hotel, you have your room key, and when you step through the door and unload your bags, one of the first things you do is check out the free bathroom products – Who’s with me???
I once stayed at the Hilton in Melbourne, Australia which is where I’m from. I was working at a fundraising conference at the time and I knew I had struck gold when the free bathroom products were l’occitane! Needless to say my friends and family were extremely pleased when I brought home a handful of moisturisers, soaps, shampoos and conditioners for them to indulge in.
Over the years I have developed a collection of my favourite organic brands that I always take with me when I travel, so nowadays I don’t end up using the toiletries provided by the hotels I stay at. However, in saying this, I still make sure to always collect them from my stays. Why? Because it’s amazing how much they can help another person.
Every day when the products have been re stocked, I remove them from the bathroom and place them in my bag. After I’ve been on a few trips and have assembled a small gift bag full, I take them my local woman’s shelter and donate them.
The majority of women and children who go to shelters often arrive at night, and haven’t had time to pack a bag or to grab the basics with them like a toothbrush. Having these items on hand helps shelters to provide those seeking assistance with the necessities, making their stay a bit more manageable.
A lot of shelters rely on the generosity of the public to run, so even a small donation such as toiletries can make a huge impact. It is a little extra weight that I carry in my bag on the trip home, but it’s absolutely worth it when I think about the people these items go to help.