I love samples especially free samples! I really like the idea of trying a product before you buy the product. What’s my favorite use for free samples? Packing toiletry bags! Whether for travel or just overnight stays samples work much better than the travel size products. Plus the samples were free versus having to pay for the travel size products.
I only sign up for free samples if I think I would actually use the product. The kinds of samples I sign up for are usually health and beauty products. I have a stockpile of shampoos, conditioners, hair care products, lotions, perfumes, toothpaste (that comes from the dentist), soaps and body washes and feminine hygiene products. This stockpile comes in very handy when I’m preparing for a hospital stay (like now).
Now I understand most people look at a free sample of shampoo or conditioner and think it is only good for one use. In most cases that is correct. However, because the sample is virtually flat I can pack as many as I need for my hospital stay. When I pack for the hospital, I assume I will only get one use out of the sample so I pack one for each day/night I will be gone plus one extra just in case. When I pack for my husband I assume he will get two uses out of the sample and pack accordingly.
I pack every kind of lotion sample I have in my toiletry bag for the hospital. Why? One reason is because you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer a lot while in the hospital and no one wants their hands to dry out. My second reason is while I am in labor (this is the only reason I have ever stayed in a hospital) I like to take my mind off the fact that I am in labor. Having a variety of lotions available allows me the option of picking and choosing a scent I like at that moment. It also gives me the opportunity to have my darling sister give me a hand or foot massage to distract and relax me.
Toiletry bag all packed!
Another benefit of samples is that they are small and flat. Even packing 4-5 shampoos and conditioners plus 4-5 different lotions I still have plenty of room in my bag. The samples save so much room I am able to neatly fit my full size hair brush, toothbrush, a variety of hair ties and clips, glasses, contact lens case and solution all in one toiletry bag with room to spare!
Do you sign up for samples? What’s your favorite use for them? I’d love to hear about it!
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