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Hotels make banned carry-on items available for free

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on August 16, 2006. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Christine Sarkis, hotel.

With liquids now banned from carry-on luggage, travelers who don't want to check baggage have a real problem when it comes to basic toiletries. Among the banned items are shampoo, conditioner, spray bottles and cans, gel deodorant, hair spray, hair gel, bath gel, mouthwash, toothpaste, saline solution, make-up remover, some cosmetics such as liquid foundations and mascara, and nail polish and remover.

Some hotels offer many of these items free to guests, and a few are taking extra steps to help people cope with the new restrictions by offering an even wider list of complimentary toiletries. Though offerings may change as restrictions are tightened or relaxed, here's a list of what some of the major hotel chains in the U.S. are making available to guests right now.

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  • Best Western: Shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, toothpaste.
  • Conrad Hotels: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Some hotels may also have toothpaste, mouthwash, bodywash, or deodorant.
  • Crowne Plaza: Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, liquid soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, mouthwash.
  • Days Inn: Shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant.
  • Doubletree: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Some hotels may also have toothpaste, mouthwash, bodywash, or deodorant.
  • Drury Hotels: Shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, and shaving cream.
  • Embassy Suites: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Some hotels may also have toothpaste, mouthwash, bodywash, or deodorant.
  • Fairmont: Shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, sunscreen, hair gel, hair spray, toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, as well as other complimentary items.
  • Four Points by Sheraton: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair spray, hair gel, toothpaste, shaving cream.
  • Hampton Inn: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Some hotels may also have toothpaste, mouthwash, bodywash, or deodorant.
  • Hilton: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Some hotels may also have toothpaste, mouthwash, bodywash, or deodorant.
  • Hilton Garden Inn: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Some hotels may also have toothpaste, mouthwash, bodywash, or deodorant.
  • Holiday Inn: Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, liquid soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, mouthwash.
  • Holiday Inn Express: Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, liquid soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, mouthwash.
  • Howard Johnson: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant.
  • Hyatt: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving cream, toothpaste, bath gel, fabric wash, and make-up remover. On-property sundry stores have increased their supply of other liquid and gel products and some have longer hours.
  • La Quinta: Shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant.
  • Motel 6: Basic items are available in on-site vending machines.
  • Omni: Shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, cosmetics, sunscreen, toothpaste, mouthwash, contact lens solution, nail polish and remover, hair care products, facial skin care products, make-up remover.
  • Radisson: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving cream, toothpaste, mouthwash, hair spray.
  • Ramada: Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, shaving cream, deodorant.
  • Red Roof: Shampoo. Other basic items are available in on-site vending machines.
  • Ritz-Carlton: Shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste, and shaving cream. The chain is currently working on adding male and female amenities kits to include some of the other banned items.
  • Sheraton: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair spray, hair gel, toothpaste, shaving cream.
  • Super 8: Shampoo.
  • Travelodge: Shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant.
  • W: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair spray, hair gel, toothpaste, shaving cream.
  • Westin: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair spray, hair gel, toothpaste, shaving cream.
  • Wyndham: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gel, hair spray, hair gel, toothpaste, mouthwash, shaving cream, deodorant, contact lens solution, nail polish remover.
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