You’re finishing up your vacation, sitting in the airport waiting for your gate to open when suddenly you realize…you forgot to buy some souvenirs!
Uh-oh, not wanting to be rude, you run to one of those kiosks in the airport that sell high priced gifts, but since you already have your carry-ons, your choices of gifts are limited to the smallest and lightest items you can squeeze into the side pocket of your bag. Not ideal.
Ever had this happen to you?
Unfortunately, it’s happened to a lot of us and it can be frustrating. All too often, it can be hard to figure out what kinds of souvenirs to bring home to friends and family that they will enjoy and are also travel friendly.
That’s where we come in. Here, you’re going to find a three top tips for picking up those travel friendly souvenirs that you’ll be able to be on the look out for on your next vacation.
Let’s take a look.
All too often, souvenirs are bought from the most touristy shops around. Meaning that the gifts are generally overpriced and, frankly, not all that special. You might see the same tee shirt (with a different slogan) everywhere from Boston to Beijing.
Instead, go local. Look at area shops or even farmers markets for merchants selling items that are used and loved by locals. Generally, they will not only be of a better quality, but you can present your friends and family with gifts that are truly an authentic representation of the region.
The Wear Test
Now, that gigantic 4 foot wide sombrero might be a statement gift, but after you’ve lugged it back on the airplane, careful not to crush it, what are the chances that it’s actually going to be worn by the person you’re giving it to?
Pretty slim. Instead, consider a hand made shirt, or beautiful woven scarf, they might be better options. Always think about the wear test when you’re buying gifts, if you think that there is no way the gift giver will actually wear what you got them walking down the street at home, move on to something else.
Pack an Extra Bag
If you know you’re going to be going souvenir crazy on a trip to a new place, but are worried about how you’re going to carry it all, the solution is simple, pack an extra bag in your luggage. When the time comes, if you feel inspired to buy, you can do so knowing you have a place to put it all.
For those who like to travel light, there might be no better (and more useful) gift than a locally made and used tote bag. Not only is it the perfect thing to carry your gifts home in, but it’s a souvenir that is likely to used quite a bit at home as well, for things like grocery shopping.
What are some of your best tips for buying travel friendly souvenirs? We’d love to hear your thoughts, let us know what they are in the comments!