use those sample size packets

My wife gave me this to post.

When you go to the dentist, make sure you get a goody bag.  It usually has, at the very least, a toothbrush & toothpaste.  When you get home, put it in a drawer, along with any cologne, shampoo, hand cream, etc samples you pick up over the year.  Then, when you are ready to pack, everything is ready and in one place.     If you ever find yourself in Nordstrom's, many of the cosmetics counters have small containers and atomizers that you can use for samples.  Take some home so you can use your own colognes without bringing the entire bottle.     

When you buy anything at a cosmetics counter, don't be afraid to ask for sample vials, of anything.   You can use your cruise to try new scents, etc.   The staff has no problem giving you samples.  You can even tell them you need them for vacation.  They don't care.  They are told to hand them out.  It's their job.   Even the Kiehls (sp) counter has samples you can try.      

At  the end of the week, if you're feeling generous, you can leave what you don't use for your steward.  

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Very good idea.

One other idea, If you are going to spend any time ashore in some of the more impoverished places. Go to the Dollar store and buy pencils and crayons and little knicks and knacks. including tooth brushes, paste, small combs etc.

Drop them off at a local church that has a school. You will make a lot of kids happy.

A little off topic, but our local women's shelter and homeless shelters also appreciate any sample size products you want to clear out of your closet.  If you end up with more than you can use, you might consider checking with your local organizations.

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My Mother's of Twins Club does this about twice a year, we gather sample products from all of our trips and then pack gently used purses, suit cases, etc. and donate to the Battered Women's Shelter. 

Our local Food Bank and Women's Shelter and the shelter for homeless people also appreciates donations of toothbrushes, floss, paste, soaps, shampoos etc.

I have found Single sink packs of Tide at Target,  great for traveling if you need to wash one or two items in the sick.  Target had them in the sample size bins.

 

When at a hotel I keep all the shampoo, small soaps and lotion to drop off once a year or so to a local charity for the homeless.  

My cousin traveled frequently for her work and would always have a stash of minis from the hotels.. They are great especially if you are traveling and don't want to check a bag. 

I keep them in a plastic bag for flying.

I save up my sample-sized toiletries that I get in hotels, in the mail,  or on ships and donate them to the local Battered Women's Shelter.  I have handed out pencils, crayons and small coloring books or small toy to kids in poor countries.  If local kids are selling inexpensive items, I try to make a purchase.  Then I can take their photos and send the photo with the gift to my grand kids.  The only problem is that the kids tend to follow me around all day not to get me to buy more but just to talk and kid around.  They are so sweet. 

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