Would You Pay To Have Your Trip Toiletries Delivered to Your Hotel?
Do you just hate funneling your toiletries into little 3oz containers and then stuffing them into the clear zip-top bag for airport security when you go on a trip? And do you also hate the low quality of most hotel toiletries? Well, a new company called Suite Arrival is hoping that you despise both things enough to spend more money so you don't have to deal with it. They allow you to place an advance order for trip toiletries with them, which will then neatly arrive to your hotel when you do. So is this a good or stupid idea?
Packages start at $14.99 for an Overnighter for a female. Each is customizable for certain items and based on whether it's a male or female traveler and how long they're away (Overnighter up to "Road Warrior" at 7 nights or more). Considering how each item within the pack could probably be bought at a drugstore for $1 each, we don't think it's such a great value. That is, unless you're really opposed to having to duck into a drug store on your vacation.
And these aren't designed to deliver to you items you've forgotten; shipping to only the United States starts at $2.99 on top of your order amount, so it wouldn't be worth it just for a fingernail clipper and emery board.
That said, we think it's a great option for families...if only there was a family option among the box choices. Parents packing for a family beach vacation probably wouldn't mind having to pay $20 plus shipping to have a box of all the toiletries they need (including sunscreen and headache medication) delivered right to their room, but we're unsold for individual travelers.
What say you? Is the Suite Arrival plan a godsend or a gimmick?