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The One Thing I Do When Traveling That Drives My Wife CRAZY!
If you have a spouse or significant other then you know there are certain things that always drive you crazy. Simple things like not putting dirty clothes in the hamper or humming while you read etc. can drive your significant other up the wall. These little things most other people probably don’t notice can lead to blowout arguments. There is one thing I do when traveling that drives my wife crazy. Not over the top crazy but she gives me the look of death each time I do it. It is something that I have done ever since I was a kid and even though I don’t do it as often I still will partake in my mini ritual when it suits me. My dark secret is I often bring home the little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc. The more the merrier! If it isn’t a part of the room I may partake in bringing it home with me.
I figured posting this on our 14th year wedding anniversary was perfect timing 🤣.
But Why? Who Cares About Mini Shampoos?!?!
I could be really smart or edgy and say I know they are gonna throw out those barely used bottles and I don’t want them to go to waste. But the green movement wasn’t a thing in my preteen years. So it didn’t start there.
To be honest I don’t know why I do it. Don’t get me wrong I will use them a lot of the time at home but it isn’t to save money or anything. If I had to guess I would say that it has to do with connecting traveling to hotels in my youth.
We didn’t fly a ton growing up. Maybe once or twice a year and a lot of our trips were road trip types, which are some of my favorite trips! And I used to love checking out the different hotels and their pool areas, the arcade, the lobby. The hotel was the best part of our trip in my opinion. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort in Orlando once and I had more fun driving the boats and running around the grounds then I did going to the theme parks. Shawn is so disappointed in 10 year old me right now.
Bringing home those little bottles and soaps was like bringing a home a small piece of our vacation.
Why Do I Still Do It?
I don’t do it as much anymore mainly because of my wife’s lack of excitement over the whole thing 😂 . But also because flying with liquids is a real pain now. I am more likely to bring home some tiny suds filled souvenirs on a road trip, like my recent baseball tour road trip.
I tend to only do it when it is a product I enjoy or that smells good etc. Hampton Inn soaps and shampoos are not making their way into my bag. I do enjoy the Hyatt Regency products so I will usually snag one or two of those.
As you know I am not a fan of IHG and it appears I won’t be nabbing any of their soaps or shampoos anytime soon.
Is There Anything Else I Snag?
I have been known to grab that little bottle of dish soap from Hyatt House rooms too. If you didn’t know a little dish soap and water is the best way to clean sunglasses 😉. It is made to cut through grease after all. That little bottle is perfect for cleaning my sunglasses on the go too!
I was curious to see if anyone else brought home the bathroom souvenirs as well. Or am I the only weirdo among us? If you do bring them back with you does it drive your spouse or significant other crazy too?
I think a lot of this does track back to my childhood and wanting to take a piece of the hotel experience home with me. I fear my kids don’t fall too far from the old apple tree. They often find the hotels to be the most exciting part of the trip as well. I haven’t rubbed off my shampoo bottle nabbing off on them yet at least!
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