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The Hotel Freebies You Shouldn’t Left Behind

Soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and shower caps from hotel bathrooms can be souvenired for use on your travels or at home.
March 17, 2020

If you’ve watched the hit TV series F. R. I. E. N. D. S., then you know that Ross was a character infamously known for taking pretty much every bathroom item he could find in hotels he stayed at. Unfortunately, he didn’t just stop there. He also took pine cones, salt, and light bulbs. Although his behaviour in the show was quite exaggerated, we can’t deny the fact that bringing home hotel toiletries is something most of us do. Aside from having spare toiletries at home, these hotel freebies can be used for other purposes as well.

In recent times, a lot of hotels that are environment-conscious switched to installing shampoo and soap dispensers instead of individually-packed ones. But if you happen to stay at a place that doesn't have these, such as The Hamptons Apartments at St Kilda that provides complementary Luxury APPELLES toiletries, then grab the opportunity to stock up as much as you can.

Here are a couple of hacks that might inspire you to use your free toiletries for other purposes.

Shower Caps

Aside from the obvious purpose of shower caps, you can also put them in your handbag or car in case you need to cover your shoes from mud or puddles. In case you have to pack a dirty pair of shoes, you can use the shower cap as well. Do you have guests staying over at your home? Pop one or two shower caps in the toiletries bag that you’ll be giving them. They’ll surely appreciate it. You can even use a shower cap as an alternative to cling wrap. Place them over bowls to keep food fresh in the refrigerator.


Don’t remove the wrapper since it can be handy for when you’re travelling, especially internationally. With soap bars, you don’t have to worry about the limited amount of liquids you can bring in your hand luggage. If you wish to use them at home instead, you can stick them in between unused towels or sheets to make the stack smell clean and fresh.


Going on a long flight? Bring them in your handy carry luggage so you can freshen up your breath during the plane ride. You can also use toothbrushes to clean delicate or tricky things in your homes such as figurines or desktop keyboards.

Shampoo and Conditioner

These are great for short and long trips as well, and even for certain outdoor activities such as camping or hiking. Do you often go to the gym? Throw a few of these bottles in your bag in case the free ones at the gym run out. You also reuse the bottles by filling them with products of your choice. If you’re somebody who shaves, then consider using the freebie conditioner instead of shaving cream to save some space in your luggage. These tiny bottles are way less than the 100ml restriction for hand carry bags so you can easily carry them regardless if you’re travelling light or not. Plus, these won’t be confiscated, unlike aerosol products.


You don’t have to specifically buy something from the souvenir shop to remind you of the wonderful trip you just had. For example, some people keep conditioners in nice bottles as souvenirs. If you’ve gone to the Luxor in Vegas, then their pyramid-shaped soaps are another popular item that people keep as souvenirs.

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