5 Things to Buy at Your Destination Instead of Pack

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If you’re anything like many of our PHL parking staff members, you hate packing for a vacation. Not only does packing require the right type of suitcase, but you also have to figure out how to fit everything you need. If you tend to pack too much or run out of room for your belongings, consider leaving some things behind and buying them once you get to your destination.

Here are five things our PHL parking company suggests leaving out of your suitcase:

Travel-Sized Toiletries

If you hate standing in line at security and making sure all the right stuff goes through the scanner, why not skip the travel-sized toiletries? Things like shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and more must all be in 3.4-ounce quantities (or less) and must be in a separate quart-sized bag when going through security. Instead of going through the hassle of packing them, why not just wait until you get to your destination and purchase them there? Your suitcase will be lighter and you won’t have to worry about exceeding the ounce limit.

Excess Medication

Medication is widely available around the world, so you probably don’t need to bring a lot of it with you. Whether it’s a prescription or something generic (like pain killers or nausea medication), you can most likely find it at your destination and eliminate the need to pack extra. Waiting until you get there to buy it can also eliminate the worry of packing too little or too much.


Whether it’s a novel for reading in your spare time or a guidebook for where you’re going, packing books from the start means you’ll be traveling both to and from your destination with heavy objects in your suitcase. If you can do without them on the trip there, wait until you land and purchase your books at your destination. This way you’ll only add weight to your suitcase on your trip back (or not at all if you want to pass them along to another traveler).

Beach Items

Are you planning your next getaway to a beach? You’ll probably want a good beach chair, an umbrella, towels, a beach blanket, a boogie board, and more. Rather than try to pack these things, why not find a shop near the beach and rent some of them? Many shops rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards for reasonable daily prices, and you’ll save yourself the stress of trying to pack bulky items. As far as towels or beach blankets go, if you don’t already have good ones, buy some there and then take them home with you.

Hair Products

Unless you use specific hair products that are not widely available or hair products that are very expensive, you’re better off leaving them at home and buying smaller-sized versions of them when you get to where you’re going. Things like hairspray, gel, mousse, wax, and more can not only be heavy, but they can be bulky and take up room in your suitcase.

Do you have any other suggestions for what to skip during the packing process? Let our PHL parking company know!