With another major hotel chain installing toiletry dispensers in showers (and ditching the cute bottles we love), here’s an alternative to consider.
Bring your own refillable, leakproof, silicone travel bottles. And yes, it a relatively environmentally friendly practice.
IHG is joining Marriott in the bulk toiletry crusade. (In California, though, hotels may not have a choice.)
I visited a couple of Marriotts where refillable dispensers were installed. During both stays, one bottle was empty.
There are other concerns, though. As VFTW’s Gary Leff pointed out, these dispensers are germ magnets that can be tampered with.
I began traveling with my own toiletries several years ago. One hotel’s soap caused my fair and sensitive skin to break out. That inspired me to bring my own shampoo, soap, lotion, and other toiletries with me.
I soon tired of buying travel size bottles and using only a portion of their contents. Then I discovered refillable, leakproof, silicone travel bottles.
I immediately bought some and haven’t looked back since. And now with more hotels moving toward bulk toiletries, I’m even happier with my decision. (Personally, I’m a fan of Mylivell’s set.)
If you like to save money on *ahem* beverages, they also nicely hold several ounces of your favorite libation. I’ve heard.
Rotatable, pre-printed labels remind you of what you put in each bottle. You can also manually write whatever you want in the blank spaces provided.
We generally buy large, economy-sized toiletries for our house and use those to top off our travel toiletries before trips.
I keep the bottles in my Tozy “TSA Approved” clear bag for toiletries. It has a great zipper, so there’s no worry about a flimsy plastic bag tearing or popping open. All due respect, I’m guessing — and could be wrong — the TSA didn’t actually approve these bags. But they are TSA compliant.
The only place I’ve ever encountered flak is in London — where security is fierce about using plastic baggies.
These have worked great for me and I think you’ll like them, too!
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