30 Jan

What is it about those little toiletry bottles in hotel rooms that instantly turn me into a horder?  Why do I need all that shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and mouthwash?  It’s not even little bottles of booze we’re talking about!!  When I arrived at the hotel the other night, I immediately took the lotion and jammed it in my purse, knowing full well that the next day housekeeping would have to give me a new one.  This morning I was about to do it again and stopped myself.  I have about 400 mini bottles at home and about 40 in my handbag (no wonder it weighs 2 tons), I don’t need another one.

And let’s talk about hotel showers.  It’s always a 50-50 shot as to whether the shower is going to be any good.  I was exceptionally pleased when I turned it on and saw that there was excellent pressure!  The temperature, however, was not so great.  It seems to only have 3 settings: freezing cold, scalding hot, and skin-blistering hot.  Good times, good times.

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  1. abroad January 30, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    I hate when they put the little bottles on the back of the toilet so I’m guaranteed to knock them on the floor. I only keep the good amenities like Crabtree & Evelyn or at Le Meridian they used to have Fresh! products. Then I pack them up and send them to my nieces, who probably throw them right in the trash.

    My husband hoards the little sewing kits for some reason.

    I always travel with my own shampoo, soap and stuff and half of the time the showers don’t have a big enough ledge for them. So between that and the bad, sports loaded, man-oriented cable I have come to believe that hotels are sexist and hate women.

    What about the shower caps? Does your husband take those? Do you send them to your nieces? -CS

  2. Amadeo January 30, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    I usually ignore the shampoo and what not…/\ but I also take sewing kits, I keep them in case I lose buttons or get a little hole. My offical line is that I might get a flesh wound and have to take care of it myself like Rambo….early Rambo…not this one that looks like he needs fiber.

    Hee hee, you said “little hole”. I’m very mature. -CS

  3. pistols at dawn January 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm #

    Upon reading this, I raced out to the local store and purchased 1,000 tiny bottles until I realized that I’d misread and you said they turn you into a “horder.”

    Damnit.

    It’s a common mistake. Sometimes I’m walking down the street and hear people calling me names, but then realize they’re just calling me a “horder”. Maybe I should stop pushing around that shopping cart with all of those garbage bags in it. -CS

  4. Del-v January 31, 2008 at 12:35 am #

    Why can’t they give you a big bar of soap when you go to a hotel? That little bar of soap sucks.

    They like to make you suffer. It’s the same reason they give you down pillows instead of real ones. I hate down pillows. -CS

  5. tabbie January 31, 2008 at 1:21 am #

    this is why you just shouldn’t shower when you’re away from home.

    It is a very good way to save water. -CS

  6. Lola Magnolia January 31, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    Almost 2 years ago, we went to a wedding at a fancy hotel and my daughter just LOVED their shampoo and conditioner so of course we took it with us. Can I tell you that she actually cried when she finished it?! Since then, anywhere we go, she takes whatever they offer. She doesn’t need the shower cap and shoe polish chamois but she takes it anyway.

    If only I had known sooner. I could have shipped them all to your daughter. There’s nothing like receiving a bunch of tiny bottles from someone you’ve never met before. -CS

  7. Write Procrastinator January 31, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    “It seems to only have 3 settings: freezing cold, scalding hot, and skin-blistering hot. Good times, good times.”

    You know they take out that modulates the temperature, to save on energy costs, right? It’s almost like renting a car that has only first, fourth and fifth gears.

    Hmm. . .that would be a very interesting car to drive. I believe they call that a Hyundai Excel. -CS

  8. Allison February 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    It’s like a never-ending cycle. I hoard the bottles for future travel expeditions…then I see the shampoo is provided and I add that to my pile. I have a basket full of these ridiculously tiny bottles at home that I’m saving for the perfect trip where toiletries aren’t provided. Maybe someday.

    Know what else you could do? Just start selling them back to the hotel for profit. -CS

  9. Dale February 4, 2008 at 5:10 am #

    I like it when the stuff is good and you run into the maid and they ask if you want extra.

    That is good times! It’s even better if they’re giving you the little bottles of booze for free. But that doesn’t happen in my world. -CS

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