Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's the little differences

The first time I went to Italy, I was surprised to discover face washers/flannels/cloths didn't make an appearance in any of the hotels where we stayed.

In the US, it was shower caps - stay in a nice hotel in Australia or Europe and you'll inevitably find a shower cap among the amenities in the bathroom. But in the US, not one of the nice hotels we stayed in had a shower cap. Perhaps Americans wash their hair more often than the rest of us?

The other thing I found with hotels in the US was that they almost always had a coffee maker (mostly one that uses pods), and although some of them also had "tea pods" you can't use a tea pod to make a weak cup of tea - it's road tar or nothing, peeps.

Since then, I always carry a small cellulose sponge, which are not just great for removing facial cleanser, but also for sponging down anything you may spill on a suit if you're traveling for work (lint free, so they don't leave little bits on your pants) and for making body wash go further - a tiny squirt on your sponge creates a massive amount of foam. I've added a shower cap to my travelling toiletries bag - they weigh almost nothing, and take up no room - and a small suction hook, which comes in handy if there is nowhere handy to hang your shower cap to dry. And if I'm going to the US, the travel kettle I got from Bag World (cheapest price for the kettle and free delivery) comes with me.

I don't like drinking from a plastic cup, so I bought a ceramic latte cup, which fits inside it perfectly and saves me from having to buy constant cus of tea. I stuff the cup with tea bags (don't forget to declare them at Customs in the US) and wrap it in a little bit of bubble wrap before putting it in the kettle. I also change the kettle voltage to US voltage before I leave, as this needs a screwdriver, which I don't generally take on the road!

Have you been surprised by what hotels do or don't have in other countries?


  1. Actually, some US hotels provide shower caps in every room and others only upon request. Did you ask for one?