What You Can (And Can’t) Take From a Hotel

Rule #1: If you have to unplug it, it's not yours

What You Can Take From a Hotel
It's still called stealing even if you paid to be there
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By Kayla Kibbe / July 29, 2019 1:20 pm

Last week, a family of tourists in Bali went the wrong kind of viral after resort staff caught them trying to leave with a lot more in their suitcases than they checked in with.

A video posted to Twitter by lifestyle blogger @NatashaKLondon reveals the family’s pilfered hotel room haul, which included everything from soap dispensers and hangers to electrical appliances. In response to the embarrassing incident, travel and hotel booking site Ixigo posted a tongue-in-cheek video reminding travelers what they can and can’t take from their hotel room.

A lot of it is, presumably, common sense. Depending on how nice your hotel is, the establishment will probably provide you with certain amenities you’re free to take home. But a few complimentary soap bars is a far cry from … a lamp. This shouldn’t be a confusing line, but too many travelers seem a little too willing to cross it, so let’s review.

According to Ixigo’s rundown, these things are fair game:

  • Dental kit
  • Shower cap
  • Moisturizer
  • Comb
  • Q-tips
  • Soap, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner
  • Loofah
  • Toilet paper (Which, okay, but why?)
  • Shaving kit
  • Vanity kit
  • Laundry bag
  • Slippers
  • Sewing kit
  • Coffee and tea
  • Stationery
  • Bottled water (but only if you have no shame)

Things you have to leave behind:

  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe (Sorry)
  • Hangers
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Silverware
  • Coffee kettle and mugs
  • Lamps and lightbulbs
  • Clocks
  • Telephones
  • Chairs
  • TV
  • Wall art
  • TV remote and batteries
  • Curtains
  • Pillows and bedding

Got it? Good. And if you still can’t find it in your heart not to abuse an establishment’s generosity, just remember that if you get caught, it will end up on Twitter. Happy travels.

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