Everyone who has traveled at least once in their lifetime, would have definitely noticed that travelling tends to become to expensive. But one thing that you might not notice to change much is the items within your baggage. By just packing what is needed of utmost importance, you could save about $100!
Items to Pack for a Cost Effective Baggage Trip –
Whether it’s bringing your own snacks to avoid expensive airport food or packing a subway map to prevent spending money on taxis, there are certain items that you should always have stashed in your luggage to help make your trip much more cost-effective. Also the more money you save, the more money you have to spend souvenirs, sightseeing, or even your next getaway.
1) Paper Public Transit Map –
Using public transportation will not only help you save money while traveling, but it also allows you to see a new city like the locals do. Unless you’re paying for an international plan on your phone, you’ll want to avoid using Google Maps (or download ahead of time). Be sure to bring a paper public transit map with you so you’ll never get lost or waste money on a taxi again.
To buy: amazon.com, $10
2) Eatables –
Another easy way to save money is to pack your own snacks. Not only is airport food notoriously expensive, but stopping for quick bites while walking through a new city can also add up fast. Certain healthy energy bars are made with a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber that will give you enough energy to get through a busy day of sightseeing.
To buy: Amazon or any Super Market (Wholesalers like Target would charge you lesser)
3) Hydaway’s Compressible Water Bottle –
Staying hydrated while traveling is key, but buying bottled water can quickly add up. Instead, pack a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day. We like this option by Hydaway because it is collapsible and folds down to be only one-inch tall, making it super easy to pack.
To buy: amazon.com, $22
4) Pashminas–the wonder wrap
It serves as a blanket on the flight and converts to a chic scarf when you land. These cost about $10 at the airport, but if you pick one up from a store in advance, you can find them for even less.
Other ideas: Bunch up the wrap into a makeshift pillow or use it to cushion fragile items in your carry-on bag.
To buy: amazon.com, $10
More Insight –
5) Tablets or Kindle –
Don’t waste money on paperback or hardcover books at the airport every time. There are many e-book options available; and some don’t even require a tablet, your very phone is enough, thanks to Amazon Kindle app.
But this lightweight and portable Amazon Fire HD Tablet is also a good option if you’re willing to spend a bit more. It can hold hundreds of ebooks and digital magazines at once. You can also download movies, TV shows, and podcasts to the device to stay entertained throughout your trip. Plus, it will take up much less space in your bag.
To buy: amazon.com, $150
6) Universal Power Adapter –
If you’re traveling to a different country, invest in a universal power adapter to ensure you’ll never have to buy extra chargers. We like this compact option because you can plug up to four USB cords in at once. It is also compatible with over 150 countries’ sockets, including U.S., U.K., Australia, and EU plugs.
To buy: walmart.com, $15
7) Wear Clothing That Can Store Items
When is a jacket more than a jacket? When it comes equipped with multiple pockets that can safely stash your passport, boarding pass, keys, headphones, water bottle and sunglasses. For example, the SCOTTeVEST Chloe hoodie stores all your essentials, so you might be able to do away with additional bags that might incur luggage costs.
It also prevents pickpockets from making off with your vacation spending money. The company provides a $1,000 anti-theft money-back guarantee if you are a victim of pick-pocketing while wearing its products.
8) Sunscreen Stick –
If you’re headed somewhere with a warm climate, packing sunscreen is a must. If you are only traveling with a carry-on, you will be limited to a three-ounce bottle which, depending on the length of your trip, might not be enough. Avoid buying sunblock at the hotel gift shop or airport (where it is typically much more expensive) and instead pack a few sticks of solid sunblock to last through your trip.
To buy: amazon.com, $8
Note:-An additional tip –
Make sure to not carry all of your toiletries. Most of the hotels you would be going to stay in, would provide their own good quality of toiletries. So save that money. Also, if you are very keen on your own stuffs, then make sure to put your moisturizers, lotion, creams, etc inside a zip back which could save some weight when the baggage is being weighed.