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Travelers can almost always expect to find shampoo, lotion, and Q-tips in their hotel rooms.

But at a number of hotels across the country, they can now ask for dental floss, hairspray, a night light, a waffle iron, or even jewelry.

Lending and borrowing programs are popping up at hotels such as the Hyatt Union Square in New York and many Candlewood Suites. Guests typically have to request the items, but they are almost always free. Hoteliers say they are popular among travelers who nowadays try to pack less to avoid airline baggage fees.

"The less we frequent travelers have to carry, the better," says USA TODAY Road Warrior Joyce Gioia, a management consultant in Austin.

Some examples:

--The Hyatt Union Square in New York recently launched "The Accessories Butler," located in the lobby. It contains accessories such as earrings, necklaces, scarves, belts and cufflinks chosen by stylist Pamela Pekerman. The items are refreshed on the first of every month.

--Candlewood Suites, InterContinental Hotels Group's extended stay brand, has been rolling out a Lending Locker, which will be available at each of its 304 properties by the end of April. Guests can borrow household items not usually found in hotel rooms, such as blenders, crock pots, pliers, and a George Foreman Grill. All they have to do is fill out a check-out form at the front desk and return the item within a few days.

-- Hyatt Hotels and Resorts introduced the Hyatt Has It program in 2013. Rooms have cards with a list of available items such as a phone charger, curling iron, steamer, yoga mat, makeup remover wipes, and razor. Guests simply mark which items they want and call the front desk or leave the cards outside their doors. They can either borrow or buy the items.

-- Kimpton Hotels have a "Forgot it? We've got it!" list of travel essentials. The hotel company launched the program in 2004 for female travelers, including such items as fashion tape and make-up mirrors. But the program has been so popular, that hotels now include things men could use like collar stays.

--Don't want to pack your bulky running shoes? Westin Hotels and Resorts lends New Balance shoes and apparel, including sports bras, socks and shirts, for $5. After use, the clothes go through the same laundry process used on sheets and towels. The inner soles of shoes are replaced and the exterior is cleaned.

Bjorn Hanson, dean of NYU's Tisch Center, says hotels create buzz, especially on social media, by offering such amenities.

"These positive guest experiences are among the most likely to be posted, and among the most likely to influence potential guests," he says.

Robert Radomski, vice president of brand management for Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites, says it makes sense for extended stay hotels to offer amenities that people are used to having at home but can't carry with them.

According to an October 2013 internal survey, 60% of extended stay guests said they miss something from home when traveling, and that they'd like to be able to borrow larger items or appliances during their stay.

Radomski says the Lending Lockers have also paved the way for more communication between guests and employees.

"It breeds loyalty because it is something the guests remember," he says. "It sticks in their minds because A) it fulfills the need and B) it surprises."

Chris Holbrook, general manager of Hyatt Union Square, says guests have certainly been surprised by the quality of the accessories available for loan. The value of each piece ranges from about $50 to $300.

"It's really a neat talking point," he says.

But does he worry that anyone will run off with a pair of earrings?

"So far everyone has been honest and has brought everything back," he says.

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