Decadence in Miniature: Stealing Hotel Shampoo

I have a confession. I hoard
hotel room amenities. There. I’ve said it.

Shampoos. Lotions. Mouthwash. Matchbook-sized sewing kits I never use.

If I’m in a hotel room more than one night, I’ll hide the cute little
bottles I’m using so the staff will re-stock the bathroom counter right next to
their dazzlingly artistic display of folded wash cloths.

Here’s a Travel Tip:

Most of the hotel-sized liquid items pass through airport security swimmingly, so that’s a bonus. Knowing that information helps me justify my problem. At least that’s what my therapist has offered.

Hotel_shampoo

The above image is a picture from my shower. No doctoring. Well, I did hide the Hello Kitty loufah
sponge. I see it as an art installation called “Decadence in Miniature.” I buy
shampoo from the store roughly once a year, and it’s only as a backup. I smell like roses, orange blossoms, and sandalwood. Why? Because it’s free.

COMMENTS

  1. Matt

    Well said.
    And don’t you feel like if you don’t take them, they are going to throw them out anyway?
    We’re just doing our job to save the environment.

    April 8, 2008 at 9:34 am
  2. Claire

    Way to be green! Good job guys!

    April 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm
  3. Jennifer

    I hide them in my bag as soon as I get to the room, and immediately call to tell them my room doesn’t have any toiletries…and then time them to see how long it takes them to bring the replacements. A test of the hotel’s service PLUS yummy Molten Brown and Bulgari products for my home bathroom. It’s a two-fer.

    April 9, 2008 at 9:45 pm
  4. Rhonda

    My husband travels a lot for business and he stays at the nicer hotels. He collects hotel amenities for me. At the end of the year, I take them to the battered women’s shelter in my town. Those women deserve a little pampering and the sizes mean they don’t have to share a community bottle of shampoo.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:36 am
  5. Tanner Latham

    That’s an excellent suggestion, Rhonda. And a much more selfless act than my silly stockpiling.

    April 18, 2008 at 1:51 pm
  6. Melayne

    Actually, I’ve worked in numerous hotels and the only time we ever threw them away was if they had evidence that they had been used. And you don’t have to feel bad about taking them, they’re put in the room for you anyways. So no need for the confession. ;)

    June 12, 2009 at 9:46 am
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