What The Hotel Toiletries Are For

You can use the usual lineup of shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer in a hotel room’s bathroom for the usual purposes: cleaning and conditioning your hair, plus moisturizing your skin.

But being a frugal traveler who likes to pack light, I have also used shampoo to wash clothes in the sink, conditioner as a substitute for shaving cream (don’t know if it works on faces but it works for me on legs) and moisturizer to condition and polish shoes.

Now if only I could find a secondary use for hotel room coffee …


3 thoughts on “What The Hotel Toiletries Are For

  1. Hallett

    As a male who spends half the year in hotels, I never bring shaving cream. Conditioner or ‘lotion’ works just as well, and in some cases better than many commercial shaving products. Shampoo is also just soap after all, and it works just as well for the ‘sink wash’ as pre-packaged soap products.

    I have also made scrambled eggs in the coffee maker, and ‘ironed’ sandwiches, but that is probably pushing the envelope for most travellers. I used to work with a rock and roll road crew; those guys spend many a night in hotels, but often have nothing in the way of budgets. They could empty a mini-bar for free, do a full laundry in a tub, watch a lifetime’s supply of free porn, and otherwise ‘hack’ hotel rooms like you wouldn’t believe.

  2. Jeanne Leblanc Post author

    Hi Hallett,

    I was impressed by a guy I know who used the coffeemaker to make ramen noodles. Scrambled eggs, now that’s really impressive!



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