You spent what for water?! Everyone knows that travelling and airports can be a daunting experience for your wallet. It’s sad that the most needed and basic of survival items is the most expensive at airports – a good old bottle of H2O. A simple 500mL bottle of water can run you the same price as an entire case, a whopping $3! Or, depending on where you are, it can be upwards of $5 especially when your only options are Fiji Water or Ethos from Starbucks. It’s sad, but they know they’ve got you – you’re locked in a building where you can’t get anything past security and once you’re on the other side, it’s like the twilight zone.
I remember my trip last year; a stop at Starbucks in Toronto for a coffee, breakfast sandwich and cookie ran me upwards of $15. YIKES! Then upon arriving in California, a bottle of water was $2.75 US and you can’t get cheapy no name water, only Fiji for Californians.
With travel being the adventure of the day today, I thought I’d share a few of my frugal travel tips and fun airport experiences. Happy and thankful I’m going from -30 something weather to plus 20 something weather; the past few days around Toronto have been absolutely bone chilling.
Frugal Airport Tricks – How to get past the Rip Offs
- Collapsible/foldable water bottle – slim as a credit card, you can slip it in your purse and fill it up at a water fountain. My fave? The Vapur Anti-Bottle
- Snacks – Protein bars, nuts and fruit are my go to’s for meals. I like the Detour Smart bars – Gluten free, high protein, low sugar, organic and Costco sells a multi pack of Blueberry/Apple Cinamon. Perfect for snacking on the plane, because we all know that airplane food is pretty gross and even moreso when they make you pay for it.
- Bring your own books or better yet, a tablet with all your FREE library books loaded.
Airports are not the place for Impulse Shoppers – Steer clear of the shops!
These people are smart; they coax you in with duty free making you think all the stores are a deal. But with designers opening up shops in airports, you have to be more vigilant than ever NOT to shop. Toronto Pearson houses such names as Gucci, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach, and Longchamp to name just a few.
Making the Security Checkpoint a Quick as a Bunny Experience
With all the traveling I’ve done, I’ve mastered the tedious experience of airport security screening, where in some cases you have to almost strip down to your skivvies. How do you make it a simple experience?
- No belts
- No excessive jewellery, especially costume that may set off the metal detectors
- Slip on shoes, I prefer ballet flats – Love Sam Edelman Felicia Flats
- Ease up on the liquids! Do you really need that roller ball perfume with you? If so, you’ll have to dig it out and put it in a baggie along with all the other liquids you have. I try to keep only a small bottle of eye drops for my contacts and one lip-gloss in my purse. Keeps it easy for screening time.
Whatever you do, don’t put your passport in your back pocket if you go through the body scanner! I made this mistake and because of the RFID in it, I had to get scanned again. Less zapping sounds better to me.
There’s no reason why a vacation or regular travel through airports should cost you a small fortune and break your travel budget. Keep things simple and your travel will be a breeze!
What are some of your frugal travel tips? Do you have any silly airport stories?