Welcome to Day 27 of 30 Days to Packing a Better Bag.
Even if you don’t plan it, you will probably come home with more than you took with you. There’s something about the science of packing that means your items will nearly double on any given trip. You’ll have more dirty clothes and buy souvenirs for friends and family back home. You may even do some shopping for yourself. So always leave enough space in your bag for the items you might bring home.
Know Before You Go
Before you leave, research what you might be interested in buying and what your country allows you to bring back. Rethink that Iberico ham from Spain or French cheese if you’re going to have to throw it away at quarantine. If you know you want to bring back a lamp from the bazaar in Istanbul or a bottle of wine from Napa Valley, bring something to wrap it in and leave plenty of space in your bags.
Find a similar item to what you’ll be purchasing and test it out for space in your bag. If there’s not enough room for the space for your souvenir and other items, it’s time get rid of something.
Tip: Do as much of your shopping at the end of the trip as possible rather than lugging it around for weeks.
Packing Souvenirs Safely
If you’re planning on doing some shopping while traveling, bring a small stuffable shopping bag that you can carry on with breakable items. Check another bag, leaving the souvenirs with you. Weigh everything again to make sure that you won’t need to pay an overweight baggage fee. When possible, choose souvenirs that don’t take up much space like jewelry or postcards. Secure your souvenirs by surrounding them with clothing or another soft item.
Take Action: Leave Space in Your Bag
Pre-plan your trip. What souvenirs or shopping items are you interested in bringing home? Find something of similar size and check that it fits. If not, make room!
Let us know what you plan on buying on your next trip abroad.