How to Turn Free Hotel Toiletries Into a Kind Gesture

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

  3. 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. In a similar vein, I always collect the toiletries and take them – 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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