Packing secrets to 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.

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?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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