1. Comb: It happens. We forget to bring our combs and/or brushes with us from time to time so having a back-up in the hotel bathroom would be nice. While straightening our hair with a six-inch comb is not ideal, it's far better than Medusa-like knots.
2. Deodorant: Ditto on the arm freshener. Just a small roll-on or a spray bottle would do wonders for our forgetful, stinky pits.
3. Toothbrush: We know that most hotels carry toothbrush and/or toothpaste at the front desk and that if you forget to bring yours, you can always request one from the hotel. However, why make us request it? Just put a toothbrush out there next to the faucet. Of course, some hotel owners probably say the cost is prohibitive but you can use a cheapie brand. We're only going to use it one or two nights before we get back to our high-tech Sonic Care. And just think, it's another place to put the hotel logo!
4. Mouthwash: Mouthwash may seem like an extravagance, especially if a hotel has already given us a toothbrush and toothpaste. But we'd definitely use mouthwash more than a nail file or two cotton balls and a Q-tip. And while you never know who you might
bring back to your hotel room run into in a hotel, at least you both would have nice, minty fresh breath.
5. Conditioner: Lately, we've noticed a disturbing trend--hotels are skimping on the conditioner. Typically, this happens more in the "value-oriented" brands but every so often we spy a shampoo and conditioner-in-one in a more upscale hotel. Hello, this is not the local gym. Conditioner is important to hair health! We demand a separate bottle!
In our recent memory, the one hotel that went above and beyond the call of toiletry duty was the Gallery Hotel in Barcelona which came equipped with all of the above. A close second was the Carlyle Hotel in New York which upon learning they forgot to stock our room entirely, delivered a goodie bag of Kiehl's toiletries complete with Kiehl's lip balm. Hotel Heaven indeed!
What are some other toiletries you think hotels should make staples in their offerings? Let us know in comments below!