It’s natural to want to buy souvenirs when you go on vacation. However, some things are definitely more worth your money than others. If you’re uncertain whether something is a waste of good dollars or not, we may be able to help. It seems that several travel experts have shared some advice regarding the items no one should ever buy on vacation.
New shoes might be too bulky to be a worthwhile purchase
One of the things you need to consider when buying items on vacation is how much space they’ll take up. If it was tricky fitting everything into your suitcase the first time, you don’t want to buy anything too bulky. That’s why Ravi Roth recommends that you avoid purchasing new shoes. While you can store small items in them to save space, this might not be enough to make the purchase worthwhile.
It’s possible that fragile items won’t make it home in one piece
Something else that Ravi Roth suggests you steer clear of is breakables, and we can understand why. Fragile items can be tough to bring home in one piece, especially if they’re stored in luggage that other people are going to handle. No matter how much padding you surround it with, the risk of it smashing is just too high. If that happens, you won’t be able to replace the item unless you travel back to wherever you vacationed.
Marked-up souvenirs can simply be far too costly
A souvenir is typically worthwhile if it’s unique. If it’s something you can buy at home, you’re better off just waiting until later. That’s especially the case for something like Disney merchandise if you visit one of the theme parks. As Phil Dengler says, you can guarantee that the price of these will be marked-up at these locations. Therefore, they’re not a justifiable purchase.
Foreign food can be more hassle than it’s worth at customs
When you visit a new country and try some of the local delicacies, you may well fall in love with the food. However, you should probably think twice about bringing this home with you. Paul Jacobs notes that this adds a lot of hassle at customs that likely won’t work out in your favor. If you want to bring food back with you, your best bet is to buy it at the airport and hope they stock whatever you’re after.
Heavy items might make your luggage too heavy for your return flight
Fitting things into your suitcase isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when buying items on vacation. You also have to consider the weight too. If your luggage exceeds a certain limit, you may face additional fees or even be denied bringing it with you. As Casey Brogan points out, it’s worth knowing your luggage’s weight at the start of the holiday and how much wiggle room this leaves you with.
You’re free to buy whatever you want on vacation. Just make sure you think about whether these items are worthwhile before you spend your hard-earned money.