Hampton Inn Kanab
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Stupid Tip of the Day: If the Tissues are Colored, That Likely Means…

They may be blue. They may be yellow. They may even be pink.

The tissue box is usually located in the bathroom area of your hotel room; and the tissues inside of the box are usually white in color…

Stupid Tip of the Day: If the Tissues are Colored, That Likely Means…

…but if you pull out tissues which are colored other than white, that likely means that the tissue box is close to empty.

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

If you take the contents out of a box of tissues, you will likely see what is shown in the above photograph: a stack of white tissues, with the last few layers of tissues being a different color — in this case, blue.

The appearance of colored tissues is an indicator — or a secret message of sorts — to members of the housekeeping staff to change out the box of tissues with a fresh new box, as the current box is almost depleted of its supply. This is to ensure that you never run out of tissues — unless you go through them like water due to a bad cold or allergies.

Think about it: when was the last time you were in a hotel room and the primary color of tissues in a tissue box was any color other than white?


Alas, this method is not foolproof. I have been in hotel rooms whose tissue boxes contained only one color of tissue, with which I have unexpectedly found myself with an empty box — usually at an inopportune time.

The quality of the tissues can be another story: some are similar to what you would want to purchase in a store; while others seemingly have the texture of cheap sandpaper which fall apart at the slightest hint of moisture…

…and then there are those “flowers” or other designs that members of the housekeeping staff create using the first few tissues in a box for a more decorative touch…

All photographs ©2017 and ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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