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Is it true we need to take wash cloths with us to London?

Is it true we need to take wash cloths with us to London?

Sep 10th, 2003, 04:46 PM
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Why would anyone want to use a hotel washcloth which may have scrubbed scores of strangers asses to wash their face? Bring your own as well as some quilted toilet paper if you don't like the scratchy kind.
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Sep 10th, 2003, 04:54 PM
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Ignore the sillies that are posting! I always take a washcloth and a bar of my special soap in a baggy. If they have them //so what.. at leaat you have another..I hate those little soap bars..if you are moving around , the baggy keeps the soap and cloth seperate away from your other things....when you leave to go hopme toss them out..along with the other travel size stuff you've brought,,and old underwear and whatever..you'll have lots of extra space for purchases..

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Sep 11th, 2003, 12:31 AM
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We do have shops in the UK, you know. Any supermarket or branch of Boots or Superdrug can sell you anything in the toiletries line such as a face flannel (and yes, I would consider it a personal item to provide for myself: but I was raised by a mother who'd gone through WW2 rationing and had to be forcibly restrained from packing the kitchen sink for her holidays).
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Sep 11th, 2003, 12:53 AM
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Sorry to butt in but Patrick, I never realised what rationing did to people until I endured the 1998 Ice Storm with my mum in Montreal. I tell you, we wanted for NOTHING. Huge quantities of canned goods in the basement, supplies kept topped up, loads of cheap candles bought on sale from previous years. We had no power for 5 days but we were just fine. No panic buying for us. I saw her life/childhood from a completely different angle during that time. I really learnt a lot. She was born and raised in Wales during the war. She can make a mean lamb soup with a leftover bone and a carrot!

btw, Tia, I agree with Patrick. You can buy whatever you need here and I'm positive the Thistle will have them.
Sep 11th, 2003, 03:56 AM
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I always bring those disposable dove face cloths. They take up less room than a soap and a bottle of face cleanser.

My hotel in London had wash cloths though. A family I stayed with in Scotland didn't though. What is with UKers and no face cloths?
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Sep 11th, 2003, 04:21 AM
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I travel all over the UK on business and have never seen face cloths in hotel rooms. We consider them a personal item.
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Sep 28th, 2003, 11:10 AM
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Topping this for someone asking a similar question.
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Sep 28th, 2003, 11:40 AM
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The answer is still YES! LOL
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Sep 28th, 2003, 11:59 AM
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I have never understood how people wash their bodies WITHOUT a washcloth. Do they just use their hand with soap on it? That really does not scrub well does it?
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Sep 28th, 2003, 12:06 PM
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I take a smaller version of those soft scrubbie round things when I travel, I like them better then cloths anyway...Do they have a name ?
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Sep 28th, 2003, 04:17 PM
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Hi there,

Stayed at Thistle Royal Horseguards for six nites. Asked for washcloth on second day and received two. Didn't ask on day three and didn't get any. Bought a couple at Boots for the rest of the trip. Stayed at two other Thistles in Scotland and England and didn't get them there either.
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Sep 28th, 2003, 04:55 PM
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2 things I throw away before packing to come home. Wash-rags and dirty underwear. All cheap to replace back in the States.
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Sep 28th, 2003, 10:13 PM
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You can often get really cheap washcloths at a discount store. I would recommend packing 1 per day per person and discarding them as you use them. Another alternative: often teatowels are available at a significant discount. Buy a bunch, chop in half, and use each of these as a washcloth. In any event, the cost will be less than $1/day with either of these options.
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Sep 28th, 2003, 11:32 PM
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Question. What travel necessity could be displaced by two washcloths? Suggestion. Carry the washcloths in a coat pocket. Suggestion. Pack toiletries in a sealable plastic bag! Historical note. 25 years ago, English TP was very durable. Today, it is similar to US types. Suggestion: Pack breakables in either TP or paper toweling.
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Sep 29th, 2003, 02:59 AM
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I was recently in a small hotel in the Highlands and they had them.
I didn't use them and so don't know if they would be replaced.
They are things that you take yourself if you use them.
I'd as soon expect an hotel to supply me with a toothbrush. As for washing without them, many women remove their makeup with creams or lotions which they using cotton wool which is thrown away.
You can wash your body with the soap held in the hand, use the kind of soap that comes in a cover (available from Lush and similar shops), use a bath brush or loofah.
Sep 29th, 2003, 03:40 AM
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I am baffled here. I can understand taking washcloths with you if you are worried that they won't be provided (and they aren't in many European hotels), but I'm confused by the people who won't use the washcloths if they are provided. If you'll dry your face with the hotel's towels, why not wash your face with the washcloths? They're both washed by the same laundry service (usually at high temps with strong detergent, so I don't see them as being strong disease/infection vectors).
Like many women, I have my favorite cleansing products and if the choice is between a hotel washcloth and my preferred brand of facial cleanser or a prepackaged cloth with some cleanser I wouldn't ordinarily use, the hotel washcloth would win.
It would be interesting to see if there is such a strong hotel washcloth bias on the U.S. forum, as washcloths are routinely provided in U.S. hotel rooms.
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Sep 29th, 2003, 05:25 AM
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Stayed at the Thistle Victoria in March. We were in the older part of the hotel and received washcloths each day if we requested them. Was told by the Chamber Maid that they were only routinely provided in the pricier section of the hotel.
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Oct 9th, 2003, 06:08 AM
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FYI: Just got back from staying at the Thistle Bloomsbury and they provided no washcloths. I ended up taking an old one from home. However, I did not ASK for one, either. Threw it in a zip lock for the flight home as it was still wet. Worked out fine. Thanks for all the posts!


P.S. The hotel was very nice! I'd recommend it!
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