Packing is definitely the least exciting bit about going on holiday. And if you’re anything like us, there are always a few items you forget (or are over the liquid allowance), which means making sure you have time to pop into the airport pharmacy to get some last minute toiletries and beauty essentials before jetting off.
However, an expert has revealed that there is one thing we should never buy at the airport, unless we want to face a pretty serious price hike. According to Erin Yurday, CEO of NimbleFins, travellers should always make sure they’ve packed their sun cream instead of picking a bottle up en route to the departure gate – especially if you’re on a budget.
Many of us will admit to doing this – particularly if you’re travelling with hand luggage only and need more than 100ml. But Yurday points out that with that one purchase, you are doing yourself (or your bank account to be exact) a disservice, as you can find yourself paying up to £6 more for a bottle of sun cream at the airport than you would online. Yes, that is the price of two coffees.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan, he said: ‘Be sure to include sun cream on your holiday packing list, buying online at least a week ahead of your trip to secure the cheapest prices and leave time for shipping. If you need to buy sun lotion from the airport duty-free you might pay nearly £6 more per bottle.’
He added: ‘However duty-free prices may still be cheaper than what you’d pay once you arrive at your destination, as shops in tourist towns have notoriously high prices for necessities like sun lotion.’
But even though duty-free items are exempt from VAT, meaning beauty products tend to be 20 per cent cheaper, NimbleFins’ price comparison research shows that you’re still better off buying your sun cream before you’re anywhere near the airport. So make sure it’s at the top of your packing list!