3 travel items worth the splurge
There are two types of frugality. One, where you buy anything that’s on sale because it’s a good deal, whether or not you really need or even like it.
The other, where you are a savvy, thought-out planner who may spend more one a few high quality items, with the knowledge that they’ll last a long time, get tons of use and, in that, have a high cost-to-use ratio. These may also save you money and time in the long run.
Going on vacation always seems to cost more than expected, so it’s easy to feel tempted to cut back wherever possible. But there are a few pricier and seemingly optional items that are truly worth the splurge.
Here are three travel items we’d never go without.
A high-quality, hard-case suitcase
Stop it with the duffel bags, which inevitably leave your shampoo exploded all over your nice leather jacket. There’s some debate about which is better, soft or hard-shell luggage, but we say go for more protection.
You can find great suitcases under $200. This Zota three-piece set will keep your possessions safe, plus its cheerful blue color is easy to spot on the luggage corral. That equals saved time. Zota 3Pc Hardside Rolling 4 Wheel Spinner Luggage Set, $155.12 (after 3% Cash Back), sears.com
You don’t need order in your suitcase. Said no one ever. Especially if you’re going to be moving around a lot and living out of your bag, you need to establish some boundaries and organization. Once you try these simple bonus dividers, you won’t remember how you packed without them. We dig the eBags version! Packing Cubes, on sale starting at $22 (after 12% Cash Back), ebags.com
3. Travel insurance
Especially if you’re traveling overseas. You may want to forego this optional cost, which can easily add a few hundred bucks on top of your budget. But the hassle and money this can save you in case of an emergency is well worth it.
Travel insurance can fill in the holes where your regular medical coverage falls apart. It can reimburse you for your airfare, in case of an emergency, or even help you replace lost luggage. There are many different options for travel insurance, but we never go overseas without it.
We like Passport Health, especially if you’re traveling to Third World or potentially dangerous countries.