15 Things You Should Never Buy at the Airport
There’s amazing feeling of freedom in being able to fly to your destination of choice. But the time you spend in an airport is anything but free. In fact, it can be pretty darn expensive if you make the mistake of buying any of these items while you’re there.
Your brain needs you to read, and there are so many good books you can read in a day. But don’t wait until you get to the airport to think of this! “Grab a book from your bookshelf and bring it with you, cost-free,” says Bridges. “Otherwise you may be paying that extra hike-up charge to be entertained for a short period of time.” The exception is if you are buying your book at one of these amazing airport read and return bookstores.
Chocolate is oh-so-good, and it’s also good for your brain. But don’t buy it at the airport, and certainly not in the duty-free shop, advises Brittnay Sharman, one half of the Traveling Housesitters, who’ve been traveling the world for the past three years and have been in and out of 25 countries. “Take a look at the prices, and you’ll see you’re usually paying two or three times more than what you’d pay at the supermarket,” she points out. “They try to make it look more exciting by having oversize items. But do you really need that much chocolate at that price?”
“Many people stop at duty-free stores because of the common misconception that they will save a fortune on taxes,” points out Veronica Thor, a consumer and shopping expert and blogger. “However, the reality is that the small tax savings doesn’t make up for the markup in prices. And this is particularly true when it comes to alcohol.” She gives the example of Grey Goose, which can be bought for under $50 at Costco, but which is selling currently for $60 at the duty-free chain, Duty Free Americas. Looking to get on the WiFi? Here’s a map with airport WiFi passwords all over the world.
Department store perfume
That perfume they’re selling at the duty-free shop in the airport could very well be a fake, according to the blog, Duty-Free Buzz. It’s not just at the airport that you’ll find counterfeit perfume, but at the airport, there’s a greater chance that the retailer from whom you’re buying it has no idea if he’s selling a counterfeit version. So, in other words, the duty-free shop may be selling what it believes to be the real deal, but it’s not. You’re far better off buying perfume directly from its manufacturer or in a department store that you trust.
“Airport parking garages tend to overcharge for long and short time parking,” points out Gari Anne Kosanke, who finds herself at the airport frequently because her spouse works there. “There are a lot of privately owned parking garages near airports that are way more affordable. Some even provide free shuttles to the airport.” You can get started choosing an off-site parking lot or garage using a website like one with a site like Cheap Airport Parking. Now that you know what not to do in an airport, here’s what you should never do on a plane.