Frugal Suitcase Essentials

Jet setting to a foreign land is an exciting way to broaden your horizons and see more of the world. But before you pack your suitcase, you will want to have all you need for your trip. Frugal suitcase essentials will ensure you keep within your travel budget.

Travel Sized Toiletries

Travel sized toiletries are convenient and will help you to fit more into your suitcase on your foreign excursion. However, many mini travel sizes are a complete rip-off and will quickly blow your budget. Go to Poundland (UK) or Dollar General or Dollar Shops (US) for more affordably priced travel size toothpaste, shampoo, or body lotion. Or buy empty travel size bottles and decant your own products you have in your bathroom into the containers for a fraction of the price.


Always make sure you have an adequate supply of prescription medication before you leave home, so that you are not left with a hefty doctor’s bill if you need a refill while travelling abroad. For non-prescription medications such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol, shop for ‘value’ packs, rather than the expensive name brands.

Oftentimes, the cheaper off-brand versions work just as well as expensive brands of medications. Along with prescription medications and painkillers, shop around for hay fever and other allergy pills, before you leave. Place all medications into a travel sized first aid kit or shop around for the most affordable first aid kit.


Suncare should be at the top of your essential items list when jet setting to a hot location. Do not be caught without adequate sun protection, as sun screen and other sun protection is very pricey at airports. Shop for suncare products from supermarkets and look for ‘buy one get one free’ offers.

Reading Material

There is no need to spend a small fortune on reading material at the airport as you wait to board your plane. Check your local library for free magasines, travel guidebooks and novels. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can special order books. Look for plastic, waterproof covers, which are perfect for poolside reading.

Packing a Holiday Wardrobe

Many of us shop for brand new clothes when planning to get away from it all for a week. But rather than pay full price, shop at sales racks, markets, eBay and other online auctions for affordable, yet practical holiday wardrobe essentials. If shopping from eBay, look for ‘BNWT’, which means ‘brand new with tags’.

Frugal suitcase essentials include travel sized toiletries made from home, value packs of medications, supermarket-bought Suncare and free reading material from the library. A holiday wardrobe does not need to eat into your frugal holiday budget. Purchase holiday clothes from clearance racks, markets or online auction sites.