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{Worldwide} Make a difference through your travels!

Calling all travelers out there! We hope you’ll join us in making an impact through your travels!

You see, we realized many years back that when we open those little toiletries we get at hotels, they get discarded when we check out even if we did not use them! So, we brought them back with us. We’re also guilty of  taking some unopened ones home with us because we figured we could use some of them for our camping trips! Admit it, some of you take them just because the bottles are just so cute, right?! Jeremy and I have a ton of “little toiletries” from planes and hotels that we’ve accumulated over the years.

Anyhow, we were chatting to a good friend of ours who volunteers at the food bank and she was mentioning how they were putting together little care packages (e.g. soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc…) because those are essentials that homeless people need too.

That’s when it struck us! If each and everyone of us can bring back those little toiletries we get from our travels and donate them to a local food bank, Goodwill or any charities that help the homeless, these toiletries can be put to good use! All this at no extra cost to travelers!

The care packages we put together to donate to the food bank our friend volunteers at includes: unused airline socks (e.g. Cathay Pacific gives us socks on international flights), little toiletries from hotels, little perfumes (those we get from cosmetic stores etc… for free), toothbrushes & toothpaste (the ones we get from hotels as well as airlines) etc… We are not encouraging that you take everything provided in the hotels (if you dont use them, they will reuse them for the next guest); We’re saying, donate the ones that you already have or for the ones that you’ve opened and just maybe used a little bit, bring those home and donate it.

Image of toiletries to donate

We hope you’ll join us in this initiative and make a little impact in your local community too!

This is our way of making a small difference in this world. What are some other ways you help make a difference through your travels? Do share!

26 Comments

  1. Lauren Norris March 9, 2013 Reply

    I don’t usually stay in places that do this, but when I travel with my family I will definitely think to do this next time. Thank you for taking an initiative to do this! We hope you’ll give this concept a go too! I hate to see things wasted so this is also good from an environmental perspective as well.
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  2. San San August 17, 2011 Reply

    hey Shirls, this is a great idea! Will have to find out where in KL we can pass it on to :-)
    cheers!

  3. @RobinJGraham June 21, 2011 Reply

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  4. When I was in college a few of the student groups would collect these kinds of items and put together little kits for folks who were homeless and/or at the local women’s shelters. It’s a fantastic use for all those little bottles most of us have, but don’t really know what to do with! :)
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  5. Matt Hope June 16, 2011 Reply

    What a great idea! I don’t usually stay in places that do this, but when I travel with my family I will definitely think to do this next time. Thanks for the post!
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  6. Matt Hope ( June 16, 2011 Reply

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  7. Debbie Beardsley ( June 16, 2011 Reply

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  8. Great idea! Someone, a long time ago, said the same thing but I keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder. I will try to do a better job. This is so simple and yet can help so much.
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  9. The Travel Chica June 16, 2011 Reply

    That’s a really great idea. And yes, I always steal the leftover toiletries in hotels for my travels. I paid for the room, therefore, I paid for the toiletries :-)
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  10. Laurel
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    June 16, 2011 Reply

    Such a simple yet effective way to help. I hate to see things wasted so this is also good from an environmental perspective as well. Count me in!
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  11. Jim
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    June 15, 2011 Reply

    Been doing this for many years. Collect as much as we can, then drop of to an orphange somewhere, particularly the smaller underfunded ones. I noted a large well organised one in Phnom Pehn didn’t seem to think they were enough, rather wanted a cash donation.
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  12. adventureswithben
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    June 15, 2011 Reply

    This is a great idea and reminder. I should be bringing these back home more often.
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  13. Kathy Mendes June 14, 2011 Reply

    What a great idea!

  14. Michael Lynch ( June 13, 2011 Reply

    http://t.co/NWbcqYK A novel concept !

  15. Idelish ( June 12, 2011 Reply

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