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No matter who you are or how you decide to travel, there are some products that everyone just needs to have. Whether you’re starting out and need a backpack or you want to upgrade your tech in the form of a portable WiFi hotspot, there’s always something. But finding cheap travel supplies doesn’t have to be about luck.
So how do you find cheap travel supplies without breaking the bank?
Go to Thrift Stores for Cheap Travel Supplies
The number one place you can visit is a thrift store for any clothing items you need. In the UK they’re called charity shops, but they’re essentially the same thing.
I remember when I was in Seattle and needed a coat to brave winter in Canada. I managed to pick up a brand name coat for $10 that I still have today.
It doesn’t make sense to spend ten times as much in a conventional store. You can find some real deals if you know what to do when visiting thrift stores.
Buy it When You Get There
Sometimes you might be going on a longer trip that takes in multiple countries. For example, you may be going to Europe for a week or two in winter before you make your way over to Asia.
Two different climates mean two different types of outfits, right?
Wrong. I tell people often that you can buy the gear you need when you arrive. And the chances are you’re going to a cheaper country than the US, so why would you pay all that money here when you can put some desperately needed money into the local economy of the place you’re going?
Just donate what you no longer need as you go along. You may even meet a fellow traveler going to a new region who needs some cheap travel supplies.
It’s a great way to make friends!
Getting Cheap Electronics
I will say that electronics work differently from everything else. Due to the tariffs levied by developing countries on these luxury goods, electronics tend to be at their cheapest in richer countries.
Did you know that some of the cheapest places in the world to buy electronics include Canada, Japan, and, yes, the country with the most valuable currency in the world Kuwait?
These are the one type of product that you should always aim to buy at home.
Use Lator Gator to Get Products Now
I recently came across this business called Lator Gator. They offer a system where you can choose from quality products you can buy now and pay later.
They’re just like Amazon in the quality and speed they offer, but you don’t need to pay immediately. If you find that it would be better for you to pay it off when you return from your travels, you can do it here.
They offer next-day shipping on all in-stock items and you make four payments over the course of eight weeks. All you need is a valid debit or credit card.
It’s a great way to spread out those larger purchases, as they offer this on orders of up to $1,000 on credit cards and $800 on debit cards.
The best part is your credit score doesn’t matter and you don’t have to fill out any lengthy applications to use the Afterpay system.
Also, as of this writing, they’re even offering $15 off your next order just for signing up to their newsletter.
Shop at the Right Time of Year
With a little planning, you can get major savings on brand name items.
Retailers are smart and they know that in the winter everybody wants warm clothing. Naturally, you won’t find too many great deals and the normal price shoots up.
Get around this by buying your products out of season. Who is buying a winter coat in the middle of summer? Not too many people.
Take advantage of retailers that use this system to price their goods by buying well in advance of when you need something.
Sign Up to Retailer Newsletters
Do you have a brand that you just love and wouldn’t part with?
A great way to get massive discounts is to sign up to their newsletters. Every so often you’ll find unique deals that only apply to you and your fellow subscribers. This is all about playing the long game, but if you’re planning a trip in the future, or you just love to travel, this is a smart way to save money.
This is a play on signing up to their newsletters, but if you’re a regular couponer you should scour the Internet and set alerts for specific brands.
There are plenty of apps and popular websites where couponers will post these codes for you to use such as DealSpotr. It requires some effort on your part, but over time the savings you make will soon add up.
Buy on Cyber Monday
I’m not crazy, so I would never go outside on Black Friday. Yes, Black Friday and the chaos that comes with it also exists in the UK!
But Cyber Monday is the perfect time of year to find amazing discounts across the Internet on cheap travel supplies. This is especially true if you want to buy some more high-priced items.
If you’re in the market for a new laptop or tablet to take along with you on your trip, Cyber Monday is the time to do it.
Last Word – Think Smart Buy Smart
There’s no sneakiness involved with these tips. Retailers have these systems in place for a reason. You just have to make a conscious effort to save that money.
Which product can you absolutely not live without on your next trip?