Jul 03, 2023

9 Things That You Can Take From Your Hotel Room

Have you ever wondered?

Everyone loves a freebie, but have you ever wondered what you can take from your hotel room without running into trouble? Of course, it will depend on the standard of the hotel and the region, but there may be more available than you think! Cabin crew are masters of making the most of their layovers whilst saving money at the same time. Here are some of their tips.

Not always spotted, but usually hidden away in a drawer somewhere, is a small envelope or box containing the essentials for a wardrobe emergency. For cabin crew, it's especially useful to put in their crew bag for when uniform buttons fall off.

It goes without saying that most people will take the bathroom amenities with them, especially if they are good quality. They are handy for short trips away or vacations. If you ever stay at the home of cabin crew, you will likely find mini shampoos and shower gels for guest use. Also, they are great to collect and donate to charities for people in need, something many crew do.

Essential items for writing the shopping list or passenger requests onboard and always useful. Did you know that the most requested item passengers ask for on a flight is a pen? Most cabin crew have a stash of pens in their crew bag for this purpose. You can guarantee they will have a hotel name on them.

Usually found at the bottom of the wardrobe. Cabin crew have to make sure their shoes are shiny prior to flights as it's part of uniform standards. A useful item.

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Somewhere close to the shoeshine sponge is usually a laundry bag, often plastic, sometimes fabric. The laundry bag might not be something you would think to take, but it can be useful. When you are traveling, it is useful for keeping your dirty laundry and shoes separately packed from your clean clothes in your suitcase.

It always seems that you either have enough hot beverage supplies in your room or not enough. Taking any spare sachets with you enables a regular supply when you are on the road.

Usually in the bathrobe pocket, if you are lucky enough to find one in your wardrobe. Once they are used, the hotel can not reuse them, so take them with you. They are handy when you are staying in the next hotel where the cleaning might not be up to scratch. You cannot, however, take the bathrobe!

Not all hotels supply you with bottled water, but it is certainly useful, especially in hot countries or where you are advised not to drink the water. It saves trying to find a shop; hydration is extremely important whilst traveling. If you have some spare, you can take it for the next part of your journey.

If you are lucky enough to have room service at your hotel, look out for the tiny bottles of Tabasco that they sometimes bring. These are great for the crew bag to brighten up a drab crew meal or the shop-bought sandwich you just bought for dinner.

All of the above are acceptable to take from a hotel room, as they are already factored into the cost of the room. Once items are partly used like amenities and slippers, they will have to be replaced anyway. Also, be aware that some hotels do have a service offering extra amenities that a guest may have forgotten. So, you could get that comb, shaving kit, or toothpaste and toothbrush set, if you wish.

Writer - Patricia joins Simple Flying with over 20 years of experience in aviation. She has served as cabin crew on flights from economy-class to private jets. Patricia has a master's level postgraduate diploma in Human Factors in Aviation and has written about aviation since 2010. Based in Dubai