Packing secrets that will save you money

To some, they may be obvious but for the uninitiated, packing these five items the next time you travel will save you money – and we could all benefit from that!

Empty water bottle
Who wants to pay a premium for drinking water? Unless you’re going to a country that has a reputation for unhealthy drinking water, taking your own water bottle to most western countries will save you a bundle on bottled water.

Sunscreen stick
If you’re heading to a holiday resort where sunscreen is a must, then 100ml – the maximum size of bottled liquid allowed through most airports – is not going to cut it. And sunscreen in sunny places is usually quite expensive. That’s when a sunscreen stick becomes your best friend. It’s like roll-deodorant, only a solid not a liquid, and can be carried onto a plane.

Laundry stain stick
You may think you’ve packed enough clothes for your trip, but all it takes is an accidental spill or a trip in the mud to put you in need of a wash. So, instead of paying high prices for hotel laundering, pack a stain stick or laundry soap sheets – both travel compliant – and do small loads of washing in your hotel bathroom.

Snacks
Travelling is hungry business and eating can consume a lot of cash on your holiday. Packing a few snacks for your flight, or even for airport transfers or when you first land can eliminate the need to buy marked-up food at the airport or surrounding stores.

Luggage scale
Overweight baggage fees can rack up to $200 with some airlines, but a $15 luggage scale could save you the hassle and the hefty fines for a fat bag.

Do you know of any other items that can save you money when you travel?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

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