Planning ahead really does pay off. Often by the time you’ve arrived in the airport terminal, your luggage is on its way to the aircraft, and traders in the departure terminal know that this is the last chance to get your hands on whatever it is you might have forgotten to pack. However, don’t be under the impression that this is duty free shopping:
- More often than not, buying accessories at the airport can end up costing you more. You could be penalised for not having the time or the foresight to pack everything beforehand – often the case when it comes to last minute holidays. The discounts afforded to alcohol and cigarettes do not compare with travel items. In fact, you can often pick up the similar items such as sleep masks, ear plugs and pillows in pound shops.
- Unless you’re travelling to a handful of British territories or former territories like Cyprus, you will need an electrical adaptor to allow you to recharge your phone, laptop, tablet or camera batteries. At the airport, other commonly bought electrical items include a travel iron, and a travel kettle, a plug-in bug killer, a travel alarm clock or a hair dryer.
- Without doubt the travel adaptor is most common item that gets left behind – either in a drawer at home or in a plug socket in the hotel room. Before shelling out, check with the hotel reception staff. Many hotels will loan travel adaptors – and ironing facilities – which could save you the expense completely. Alternatively, find out exactly what kind of adaptor you need for the country you are visiting. Most High Street stores sell adaptors for use around the world. If you need something less complicated, an online purchase at eBay will definitely save you money. Information on what sort of adaptor you need can be looked up on www.travel-adaptor.com.
- There are plenty of apps and web sites that can compare High Street prices of thousands of items. Good ones to try are mysupermarket.co.uk which has a website or a downloadable app. Red Laser is another app that can scan bar codes and use your phone’s GPS co ordinates to tell you where the same item is on sale for less in the local area. The only problem is if you’re in the departure terminal, it’s too late to do very much about it!