Hotel toiletriesEach Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Robin, who says:

“When I stay at a hotel I always take the free toiletries the hotel supplies. I also pack a few small zip-lock bags in my suitcase. Toward the end of our vacation I make up bags of the toiletries and give them to any homeless people I encounter. I have never had anyone turn them down or get angry with me. They all seem to appreciate the free un-used soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.”

A nice idea. Thanks, Robin!

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4 Comments On "How to Turn Free Hotel Toiletries Into a Kind Gesture"
  1. jimmy neil|

    I’ve been doing this for about 25 years, donating to homeless shelters and Ronald McDonald House, along with books and relevant magazines. Always greatly appreciated.

  2. Mike|

    Great comment, my wife and I have done this for years – and donating to local veterans

  3. Ken|

    I don’t know why this keeps coming up. Hotels do not throw away unopened items. Your charity is actually the hotel’s charity, raising prices all around.

  4. Susan|

    In a similar vein, I always collect the toiletries and take them – plus any amenities kits I’ve picked up from flights – to a local women’s shelter when I get home. The people who have to turn to these services usually have left home with very little, and I’ve been told that the kits especially are quite useful..

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