Putting your hotel goodies to good use

Hotels often supply you with toiletries and other bits and bobs as part of your room fee. So, don’t just leave them there or take them home and stuff them in a drawer – put them to good use!

Here are a few things you can do with those free goodies:

Give them to a homeless person
Grab the lot of those toiletries, sewing kits and free bits and hand them to the first homeless person you see. You may be afraid of their reaction, but more often than not, they will be readily accepted and much appreciated.

Use them in your guest bathroom
Hotel toiletries can be quite fancy, so if you have a guest bathroom, or even if you have friends staying over for the weekend, you could offer them fine, sample-sized soaps, shampoos and conditioners to make their stay a bit more special.

Give them as gifts
My aunty travels a lot and when she comes home, she’s always giving us showbags of the free things she picks up along her journey. And we love it!

Or, when Christmas comes around, you could stuff in some of those deluxe mini lotions and potions with other presents, or wrap a few of them up and give them as cute little gifts.

Sell them
Some of the finer hotels will offer free Aesop, Le Labo, or other high-end brands that you could probably sell online.

Donate them to charity
In Australia, there’s a fantastic charity called Pinchapoo that takes donations of hotel toiletries and other goods, such as body care, razors, lotions, sanitary bags, hair care, and toothbrushes. It will take pretty much anything so long as it hasn’t been used.

So go on – nick those bits and pieces and put them to good use!

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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