Do You Hoard Travel Amenities?

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Do you hoard travel amenities?  I apparently do.

its not intentional – in fact, I’ve been making a conscious effort to NOT bring things home with me unless I am sure I will use them (or if they are unused, if it would make a cool blog giveaway).

I donated 15 pairs of airline pajamas to a local shelter earlier this year.  I’ve had a couple giveaways for cool vintage amenity kits that I’ve unearthed.

And yet the buggers keep sneaking into my house.  It might be that I grab toothpaste and lotion every time I am walking out of a room that has them (always useful, right?). And I’m probably not assisted in my efforts by my subscriptions to both Birchbox and Ipsy meaning ten little samples magically appear each month!

I decided to clean out a cabinet/drawer set at the far end of my master bathroom today and in emptied out all of this.


Hoarded Toiletries

That’s hard core.  It also means I probably have a bit too much storage space!

Some of it was useful.  I keep meaning to pick up travel hairspray but it turns out I have six cans already.

Some of it was excessive.  It’s safe to say I have at least a two year supply of toothpaste in the form of sample sized tubes.  (Except I still prefer my metal tubes of Elgydium from France!)

Some of it was scary.  Remember when the W carried Aveda?  Yep… I had a lot of that.

Some of it was just strange.  Lots of things I’d brought back from Japan that I was not sure exactly what the item was.

Some of it was gross.  Nothing like a bottle of shampoo that exploded and then hardened.  Or dried out lip balm.

Some of it was gone.  Quite a few bottles that once contained water-based products were now just empty.

In the end, I spent a couple of hours sorting things out, tossing old or half-used product, picking out a small selection of things to keep for future use (for me or my guests), and preparing a huge bag to be donated to local shelter projects.



About Jennifer Moody

Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last nineteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 48.5 US states. Once an "every week" road warrior, she now only travels around 100 days a year. She resides in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and playing with her Border Collie/Great Pyreness mix puppy Harley Quinn.

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  1. Always great to donate items like this to shelters! I hoarded when I went to Bali for sure. Qatar with their Ferragamo bags on each leg? Yes please!

  2. Awesome idea to give to shelters. Though I don’t have that many I am sure I can find a 6 months supply to be donated soon.

    • I’m not sure how my stash got THAT out of control. I would have guessed I maybe had a half dozen each of shampoo, soap, lotion, etc. I was SO wrong… it was like 60 each!!!

  3. Ok, guilt trip…I have hauled out my stash of amenities, samples, and gift with purchase. They are staring at me on the counter…now to do something about it.

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