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Facial tissues

Just a warning if you are traveling to Italy. We recently returned from the Best of Tuscany tour, and I did not pack facial tissue because I assumed that the hotels would have them. I think that only one hotel on the entire trip had tissues in the room. We had to try several stores before I finally found tissues at a pharmacy, and they kept them behind the counter! Also, the tissues they sell are coarse and stiff, not like our soft tissues. The next time I will definitely pack tissues!

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Oh yes, 3 to 6 pocket packs of Kleenex just live in my suitcase, lol. In France they are usually behind the pharmacy counter as well but most hotels in Paris do have tissues. The times I've had to buy in Paris I've found them pretty soft but I DO know what you are talking about with coarser paper.

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I haven’t had any problems finding tissues in Italian hotels, but did once buy some in Siena. Those were soft and actually larger than the ones I get at home. Having said that, though, I do always stash several small packages in my luggage.

Just curious if someone who lives in Europe can explain why tissues would be behind the counter in a pharmacy?

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I just use the toilet paper as a tissue, too, and always carry some in my purse for either purpose.

That’s interesting to hear it’s kept behind the counter at the pharmacy!

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In France I usually buy tissues in supermarkets in the paper products section. Good to know it’s different in Italy.

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As I travel in Fall and Winter always have Kleenex Packets with me. Lucky that the 99 cent store chain carries them in packages of 6.

It will be 90 here today in Hollywood. A few minutes was out (6:30am) getting groceries. The supermarket opens at 6am. Gotta love the Land of La for early shopping hours.

Anyway, hot or cold my nose “ leaks “ every morning so packet of Kleenex always with me.

Its how I roll.

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I always bring a 12 pack of my favorite tissues, Tempo, back from Germany when we are running low here. I like the square size more and sturdy texture and always take a couple packets with me wherever we travel. They can be found in different types of shops and grocery stores in Germany.

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I just use the toilet paper as a tissue, too, and always carry some in my purse for either purpose.

I'm another TP user - usually easier and cheaper (and sometimes softer). :)

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I've always been able to find tissues in Italy at grocery stores. And I prefer them: they're larger and stronger than ours. But I do stash a couple of pocket packs of tissues in our bags, as well.

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I bought tissues in supermarkets in Rome. They weren't the softest things ever but I survived.

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I ended up buying a 12-pack at a grocery store in Chartres at the beginning of our RS Loire tour, but the tour guide found single packs at the Monoprix there. I found out the hard way that that I was super allergic to some trees that bloom during the time frame we were there.

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Hmm, I must be old school because I use handkerchiefs. Have one in each jacket pocket. Like Claudia, I “leak” all the time due to various issues (dry eye, allergies, wind, cold,) - you name it. I find most paper tissues give off too much “lint”-particles so I’m happy with my handkerchiefs.

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I remember when I went on the South Italy tour with Nina as our Guide, she handed each one of us a package of tissues at the orientation meeting - as she said there is always a time when someone needs an emergency tissue for whatever reason and this way there would be someone on hand with some! Now always try to remember to pick some up at the airport…..

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Like some other posters, I buy what I need at the grocery stores. Haven’t had any trouble finding those small purse size packs in large packages of 12. I always carry some in my purse, jacket pocket or ‘bus bag’ for um…..bathroom or other emergencies.

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Hey Lesley. We had Nina as our tour guide in 2007 for Village Italy. She was handing out packets of tissues even back then. She said that many bathrooms in the smaller towns did not have toilet paper in the stalls so she advised us to always take our tissue packet into the bathroom. I have followed her advice ever since during the ten trips we have taken to Italy and have many times used the tissues when no TP was available. I always put several packs of tissues in my suitcase.