I always travel with my own washcloths. Primarily, I’ve historically done so because I feel super duper guilty staining those perfectly white ones in hotels with my makeup every day. So, I pack one washcloth per night as well as a companion ziploc bag for storage of each soiled washcloth.
This quirk paid off big dividends when we traveled overseas to London this past summer. Apparently, they aren’t provided in many European hotels. This is something I was warned about in advance by my mom. I had told her it wasn’t an issue for me since I always traveled with my own washcloths. She told me I was weird. (Tell me something I don’t know!) When we arrived at our hotel in London, I checked and was surprised that she was right – there weren’t any washcloths in the bathroom!
My mom said that most Europeans use pre-moistened facial wipes to clean their faces at the end of the day and just assume folks will travel with their own. So, are washcloths just an American thing? Or, do Europeans use washcloths for things other than in the bathroom? Inquiring minds want to know!