"A vacation is a sunburn at premium prices" – Hal Chadwicke.
July is the most traveled time for vacations. Because of the excellent weather, it's a perfect time for beach days, hikes, and outdoor activities. Vacations are the best way to get away from our day-to-day lives. If you have planned a summer vacation, here are some items you can thrift so you'll have more money for vacation fun!
Luggage The average suitcase can cost anywhere between $100 to $150. Premium suitcases can cost over $200. If you've wanted to get a new or new-to-you bag, you can visit your nearest Goodwill. A thrifted suitcase could save you half to a third of retail price. Those huge savings could go towards food, excursions, upgraded plane tickets, etc.
Footwear Suitable footwear is probably crucial depending on how (and where) you like to vacation. Comfortable shoes are a must if you're planning on sightseeing. And you'll want a fancier pair of shoes, especially if you plan on going out to eat or enjoying a night on the town. Adult shoes at Goodwill are priced starting at $3.99. Most shoes at Goodwill will be new or very gently worn, so you'll likely find a couple of perfect pairs. Considering the average retail price of shoes is $75, you could save around $70 on a great find! Hats Goodwill stocks all types of hats, from floppy hats to cowboy hats to baseball caps! So, you definitely do not have to spend full price on a nice hat for your vacation. Wearing a hat on holiday is essential to save your face and neck from the sun's damaging rays. We're not saying you can go without sunscreen if you have a hat. You should also wear sunscreen as added protection for those scorching hot days. At Goodwill, the price for hats starts at only $2.99. Heck, for $2.99, you might be able to buy several hats! Clothing New clothes for a vacation may feel like a luxury you can't afford, so why not consider new-to-you clothing? Score an oversized button-down for a beach cover-up or a sassy sun dress. And did you know that when you're shopping second-hand, you save money on gently used items and live sustainably? The average person spends roughly $161 per month on clothes. But you'll pay significantly less at Goodwill, where shirt prices start at $2.99. Books Do you enjoy reading on vacations? Want to kill some time at the airport? Who doesn't? Reading is a great way to escape from reality and relax. We promise that if you shop for books at Goodwill, you'll never spend full price on a good read again! Gently used books at Goodwill start at only $0.99!
Hopefully, these ideas inspire you to thrift items for your next big trip. Let us know what your vacation essentials are in the comments!