What do you pack in your suitcase?

According to a recent survey by the Post Office, a third of all holiday makers will take food from home on holiday with them, to try and save money. Tea bags and crisps are the favourite to add to your suitcase along with the suncream and the swimsuit and around 20% won’t leave home without their Marmite.

Personally I’m normally travelling as light as possible when I go abroad so space in my carry-on bag is tight. But I will admit to taking a few bits and pieces with me, either to save buying expensive snacks on the journey, or things like specialist tea bags which will be difficult to find where I’m going. Travelling in the Euro Zone is getting increasingly costly and we recently noticed the difference in exchange rate against last year when we visited Greece this summer. Suddenly everything seemed very expensive, compared to our other holiday in Croatia, which is outside the Euro zone. However, I’d rather try and save costs by self-catering or buying fresh local produce where I can, or just enjoying whatever things I can that are free. At least you don’t have to pay for sunshine and fresh air.

The survey was conducted for Post Office Travel Money Card, which offers holidaymakers a card they can pre-load with foreign currency to use while abroad and save money on foreign exchange conversion fees.

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    August 21, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I absolutely do not bring food from home! Usually its the other way around – i travel out with a half-full suitcase and come back with purchases aplenty, much of it food…oh, and i always bring my trusty cork screw. always comes in handy.

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    August 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I do like to bring tea bags with me. It saves from the expensive markup at many airports when hot water is usually free. I drink a lot of tea during the day so it helps tide me over until I get to my destination.

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    Wendy-Escape NY
    August 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I never have even thought of bringing food from home. I do try and bring spices back with me depending on where I travel.

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    September 6, 2009 at 9:06 am

    i will always take a little bit of food if your in apartments because you have a kitchen. i will take lots of outfits and shoes and makeup and jewlry.
    also i would take things that are special to me.like a photo of the family.

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    Heather Cowper
    September 6, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    @ Lily
    If I travel to more remote destinations, I always take a selection of family photos – I’ve found it’s a great ice breaker when you meet people, especially if you can’t speak their language.

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