What Journey Specialists Would By no means Purchase On A Journey


Visiting well-known sights and attempting new eating places are undoubtedly highlights of most journeys. However many vacationers additionally relish the expertise of procuring in a brand new vacation spot.

Not all journey purchases are created equal, nonetheless. And there are specific objects you’re higher off simply bringing with you in your trip.

We requested journey specialists to share the issues they might by no means purchase on a visit, from objects they at all times be sure that to pack to sure souvenirs that aren’t price schlepping dwelling. Learn on for his or her responses.


“I’d by no means buy footwear whereas touring. They have an inclination to take up means an excessive amount of area in your baggage, and in case you are an over-packer, like me, you’ll not have room for them. Nonetheless, you could possibly at all times pack a pair of footwear that you’re comfy with leaving at your vacation spot in change for a brand new pair. Then it’s a win-win!” ― Ravi Roth, journey professional and host of “The Gaycation Journey Present


“I’d by no means purchase something that may break, like glass bottles of wine, olive oil, sunscreen in a bottle. You do not need to threat ruining your garments in your baggage for a bottle of crimson wine.” ― Roth


“One factor it is best to by no means purchase whereas touring is headphones. A great pair of headphones could make an extended journey fly by, however if you happen to’re like me and have a tendency to neglect them, they’re extremely overpriced each in airports and vacationer retailers.” ― Gabby Beckford, founding father of the journey website Packs Gentle

Meals or different pure merchandise

“Don’t hassle attempting to deliver jams, meats, cheeses or different perishable meals objects dwelling. It’s not well worth the possible problem at customs. I deliver dwelling international candies for my youngsters and have wine shipped if there’s one I actually like.” ― Paul Jacobs, basic supervisor and vp at Kayak North America

“I love practical souvenirs (spices, equipment, notepads, clothes, and so on.), however I’d by no means attempt to deliver again dust, sand, shells, or contemporary produce or meat of any form. Generally it’s OK, generally, it’s the most important problem ever. If I wish to deliver a selected meals again dwelling, I’ll purchase it on the airport to ensure it’s airport safety authorized.” ― Beckford

Be mindful of suitcase space and weight when shopping for souvenir
Be conscious of suitcase area and weight when searching for memento

Heavy objects

“If you wish to keep away from additional prices and charges, attempt to keep away from buying heavy objects which will jack up the burden of your suitcase. Should you test a bag, be sure you take note your airline’s weight limits and the way a lot your checked bag weighed earlier than takeoff.” ― Casey Brogan, shopper journey professional at Tripadvisor

New deodorant or lotion

“This will likely sound odd, however deodorant and lotions. You should use completely different shampoos and soaps from wherever, however altering manufacturers of deodorant or lotion could cause every kind of irritations. Convey the manufacturers you employ at dwelling.” ― Jacobs

Generic tchotchkes

“I attempt to deliver dwelling fewer issues than I used to, and I attempt to keep away from issues you will get wherever, like generic tchotchkes or souvenirs. If I wish to deliver dwelling one thing, I search for objects with a real sense of place, which frequently means meals: I’ve packed the whole lot from olive oil to half a wheel of Comte in my luggage. Simply you’ll want to test the rules for bringing a lot of these objects via customs.” ― Laura Ratliff, senior editorial director at TripSavvy

Full-sized liquids

“After all, keep away from packing liquids that don’t meet your airline’s pointers, or else you might have to throw out costly merchandise. Should you select to purchase toiletries at your vacation spot, don’t get the massive bottles you’ll buy at dwelling. As a substitute, choose small or travel-sized objects that you may eliminate on the finish of your journey and keep away from waste.” ― Brogan

“I extremely discourage shopping for full-sized toiletries when touring. Normally, you’ll not end the bottle and should throw it out. As a substitute, purchase travel-sized toiletries earlier than leaving in your journey. It’s also possible to purchase full-sized toiletries at dwelling together with 3.4 oz TSA-approved journey bottles. Fill the journey bottles with what you want and pack them in your journey. You’ll then have the full-sized bottle ready for you whenever you get again dwelling.” ― Phil Dengler, co-founder of The Vacationer

Large-ticket valuables

“Though it may be tempting to buy massive ticket valuables like jewellery, it could be greatest to keep away from the danger of loss or theft. Contemplate having valuables shipped dwelling if you happen to’re ready.” ― Brogan

Closely marked-up souvenirs

“Whereas some souvenirs could appear distinctive on the time, you’ll be able to most likely get them cheaper elsewhere. Moreover, heavy souvenirs might not solely be overpriced however a burden to hold round. You may additionally discover it troublesome to move heavy souvenirs dwelling if you have already got restricted baggage area. With reference to Disney, I like to recommend shopping for all Disney attire and souvenirs earlier than or after your journey. Sadly, Disney souvenirs are closely marked up at inns, and within the parks, so you might be a lot better off shopping for elsewhere.” ― Dengler

Airport chargers

“Forgetting your telephone charger when touring might be expensive. Whereas airports do promote chargers, the costs are extremely inflated. If potential, purchase your new charger at an area retailer after arriving at your vacation spot. Sadly, that may nonetheless be an enormous problem, and you should still find yourself paying a premium worth. I like to recommend having a very good packing listing and at all times together with important electronics like your telephone charger.” ― Dengler

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