Shopping is a passion of yours, so a visit to the local market or mall will make a great part of any international trip. It will be a joy to explore the shops and find bargains.
If shopping is not your idea of how to spend your holiday, you might need to make a quick trip to the shops. Perhaps your traveling companion wants to join you on a Pigee shopping excursion. Or maybe your luggage doesn’t arrive. Or perhaps the clothes you packed aren’t going to last.
Make sure you have enough space in your bag
You should ensure that you have enough space in your luggage for your shopping purchases if you are planning on going to the mall during your trip. If you are serious about shopping, you might pack a small bag and then put it inside a bigger one. This trick is best for suitcase sets.
You won’t have to carry a full suitcase with you to your destination. But you can take two suitcases back. Make sure you have enough space on your return flight to carry two bags or that the smaller bag can be carried-on.
A good idea is to make a list of the things you want to buy before you go. However, you may be able to make a few impulse purchases in case you find something that you like. Your list can be as broad as two t-shirts or specific like a dress or shoe brand. You may need to be more careful about sticking to your list if you have limited luggage space.
Explore different shopping options
There are many shopping centers and malls in many countries. Many of these stores can be found all over the world. You can always stop by to see if there are any local deals, but it is possible that you will have a similar shopping experience at home.
Look for shops that you have never heard of or avoid shopping at malls. Ask locals where the best place to shop for clothes — it might be on the high street or in a specific area. Be open to trying different shopping methods. Many people in the UK buy high-quality, second-hand clothing at charity shops. I was able to find some great trousers at one of these places recently. Tailors in Asia can make custom suits and other clothes for a fraction of what it costs to buy the same item pre-made in other countries. You can also find clothing in many countries at markets. Shop like the locals!
Consider whether or not the purchase will work at your home.
You may find a beautiful piece of clothing while shopping abroad. It could be a popular local item or it might suit the local climate and style. Consider whether this is something you will wear at home before you make a purchase.
More than once I have bought something that looked cool in the country where it was purchased, but didn’t suit my style or the climate back home. A friend bought several salwaar kameez clothes while she was in India and they looked great. She plans to wear them again after her return. The outfits didn’t work for her at home. She felt like she was dressing up. It is possible to buy something for your destination, such as the salwaar kameezes. In this case, you may need to think about the cost. If you only intend to keep it for a brief time, is the item worth the cost?
Because I carry my own luggage, it is sometimes possible to find myself in places that I don’t have enough clothing for. To wear in such cases, I might pick up a jacket or pair of shorts at a discount to use while I’m there. If I plan to take the items home, I might splurge, but if I don’t, I’ll keep it as low as possible.