From little knick-knacks to big additions, we all like little souvenirs, in whatever shape they may take. But to save many upset trips through security, or the awful feeling of opening a suitcase and seeing broken pieces, I have a list of rules I stick to!
1. Don’t get lost in currency- remind yourself how much it would be back home. A new currency can throw you off in knowing how much something costs. Even if you know the exchange rate and how much you got for what you paid, it can still be hard to judge the cost of things in shops.
2. Don’t buy more than you can carry home- something may be cheap, but a fine at the airport won’t be. If you brought something big you really want to bring back. on top of this, is don’t buy things that won’t last the journey! Very delicate items may not like being thrown around in the hold, or even in our hand luggage!
3. Even abroad there can be cheap things that aren’t worth your time, don’t buy something for the sake of it. One carefully chosen item will last a lot longer than 10 things you won’t ever use.
4. Will it remind you of the place? I love getting things that I can instantly remember when and where they came from. One of my favourite things to get are mugs. I don’t know how this started, but now it’s a thing- I have a whole collection of interesting mugs from around the world! Maybe it’s because I’m a big coffee drinker, but I get use out of them and they take me back to that place. It’s really the best of both worlds. (although I have to wrap them up well for the journey back!)
5. Are you allowed to take it back? Airports are tight on security. Good luck getting something past them! A couple times I have made the innocent mistake of either forgetting my limits or not checking sizes of things I was hoping to take through. More than that, the rules are also different for hand luggage, so what might fly in a suitcase (pun definitely intended) won’t in a carry on.
What kind of things do you like to bring back? Do you have one thing that you have a collection of?