How to safely get your souvenirs home

When traveling, it’s always a joy to bring memories back home with you. Depending on your preference, you can opt for photos only, an ornament or two, or a particular piece of furniture or statue that you just had to have. How then do you go about getting it home? The last thing we want is the gift or keepsake getting confiscated at customs or breaking during the journey. How then do you go about bringing precious objects back home?

Travelers are different. Some opt to buy smaller articles they can quickly add to their luggage. Others travel light and leave room for souvenirs they might like to check in or some still purchase an extra suitcase at their destination to place all the things they’ve acquired during their trip. Some objects do not meet the criterion of being carried in your bag either because they are large or fragile. There, you’ll have to adopt other means of getting your precious memorabilia home.

Plenty of sites give ideas of where to travel; if you’re in Canada, you can visit Kanida Chey’s restaurant or any other renowned restaurant. The guides also show you where to make your purchases. Here are some things to consider for your next trip.

When to purchase

Where you can, buy the souvenir toward the end of your trip. If you are traveling to multiple locations, keep your purchases small in size to reduce the weight and the risk of breakage during transportation. If you want a large item that you can’t take with you such as a painting or a statue, find an international shipping service that can get your selection homes safely before proceeding to the next leg of the journey.

Duty-free shops are also places you can consider getting a souvenir, but should you be connecting flights, find out the liquid policy in advance to avoid confiscation.


Depending on the location and size of the item, you have the option of shipping via air, land or sea. Though the expensive option, it does alleviate the stress that comes with carrying these merchandise around. Before committing to doing so, find out the prices of checking in an extra piece of luggage and compare it with the shipping cost.

When shipping, ask for about insurance. It means paying extra, but it’s better to be safe than sorry should anything happen to your shipment. You can get your money back instead of losing both the item and the cash you paid for it. Select a company that offers you a tracking number. That way you can keep an eye on it as you head home or continue traveling. Choose to ship by the sea- though it’ll take a lot longer and you might get home before the shipment, it costs way less than shipping by air. Ensure that you have read and understood the shipping service rules and customs fees you’re expected to pay when your souvenirs reach its destination.

Do your homework

A lot of people leave items they’ve managed to get through to their home country at the airport. Make sure that you’ve read all the rules and regulations and list of TSA prohibited items of what can be brought into the nation whether through land, sea or air. If you’re in transit, note that each country is different- what gets permitted in one may not be so in another. It may be cumbersome, but it will save you time and money and help keep you sane during your travels.

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