So! You’ve arrived at your destination, navigated your way to your hotel, checked in at reception, taken the elevator up to your floor, found your room, dumped your bags, and immediately make your way to the bathroom to check out the free products… who’s with me???
I’m not gonna lie, I get extremely excited over free hotel products – well anything free for that matter. If I really think about it, I’m sure the cost of my room probably pays for all the ‘free’ items and them some, but still.
Quite a few years ago, I stayed at the Hilton in Melbourne, Australia 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 handfuls of moisturisers, soaps, shampoos and body wash for them to indulge in.
Fast forward a few years, and I’ve traded in using hotel products for my favourite organic beauty brands. As a result, the toiletries provided when I travel go untouched, but I do make it a point to always collect them from my stays. Why? Because it’s amazing how much they can help someone.
After I’ve been on a few trips and have assembled a small bag of goodies, I like to take them to my local woman’s shelter and donate them. The majority of women who go to shelters often arrive at night, with children, and haven’t had adequate time to pack a bag or to grab the basics with them like a toothbrush. So by having these items on hand, helps shelters to provide those seeking assistance with the necessities they may need, making their stay a bit more comfortable.
The majority of shelters around, whether that’s women specific or for the homeless, rely heavily on the generosity of the public to run, so even a small donation such as toiletries can make a huge impact. For me, it’s a little extra weight that I carry in my bag on my trips home, but it’s absolutely worth it when I think about the people these items go to help.