Spring cleaning hits the hotel shampoo shelf
I admit it: I’m a hoarder…of hotel bath products.
I know I’m not alone. According to a 2010 Travelocity survey, 86 per cent of U.S. hotel guests admitted to taking toiletries. (Three per cent took things a step further by pilfering bathrobes and slippers, which I do not endorse, with 1 per cent snatching room-service dishes, cutlery and — believe it or not — bibles.)
Angela, my wife, is also my partner in “crime” in these raids, although she is much more selective when it comes to bath products. I will slather just about anything a hotel hands out on my hair and skin, given that it’s got to be better than the industrial tubs of goo offered at the gym.
Despite my (ahem) "frequent" use of these wee bottles after short squash games and long saunas, they still pile up at an alarming rate. I take the phosphate-free ones on camping and cottage-country trips — and then put them in the blue bin at home, of course — but my hoarding tendencies and travel-writing job have conspired to produce what I call the Miniature Amenities Storage Shelf (MASS, pictured below), which is now overflowing with oatmeal scrubs and lavender-scented two-in-ones.