13 Tips on Traveling Frugally

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

Traveling can be both exciting and frustrating can’t it? Particularly if you forget to pack certain items and have to buy them on the run. Here’s a list of 13 frugal tips to save you money on your travels.

Make a list. 

A checklist for your packed items and errands is a good idea. Use the same checklist on the way back to make sure you remember everything.

Travel Plane

Pack a snack! 

Fruits such as bananas or tangerines are some of my favorite. My wife likes packing healthy snacks like trail mix. Pack gum for helping with the ear pressure on flights.

Remember your toiletries! 

Remember to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, make-up for the ladies, feminine products, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.

Take an empty bottle water. 

Refill the water bottle once you pass security. Planes are significantly dryer so remember to avoid dehydration!

Park at The Parking Spot. 

Can’t beat the Parking Spot‘s rates in most airports. Don’t forget to get a coupon and park in covered parking! This will protect your vehicle in case of ice, snow, or hail.

Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry on. 

There are few things worst than lost bags and having to replace all your clothes. Keep a set of clothes in your carry on to hold you over in case of such airline efficiencies.

Travel HeadPhones

Remember your headphones and music!

Don’t forget to download your favorite music to your phone and pack your earbuds! Or, if you really want to go all out get some Bose noise cancellation head phones.

Save money on food. 

If you plan on eating out check out restaurant.com and Groupon before you leave for your trip.

Go to the library. 

Grab a few FREE books and DVD’s for the trip. We can check out 30 books and 10 DVD’s from our local library.

Travel Tips

Use mileage!

If you travel regularly for work remember to check your rewards mileage before booking a trip. I recently used mileage and paid only for the taxes on an international flight. Instead of paying $1000+ for the ticked I paid about $65.

If you are traveling with kids…

Pack comfort items such as blankets, toys, or dolls. Also include a complete set of clothes in a zip lock baggie. Never know when there might be an accident. Download onto your iPad or mobile phone your kids favorite shows. Remember hand sanitizer wipes! If you have small children ship diapers, wipes, and snacks via Amazon for example to your destination.

Check your documents.

Make sure your driver’s license or ID are current. Check your passport validity date at least one or two months before you travel. Nothing like having to pay for a rush job of renewing or getting a new passport. Remember too some countries won’t let you in if you don’t have at least 6 months left on your passport. If traveling overseas, make sure your visa for entry in the country hasn’t expired either.

Consider traveling light.

Particularly if you are traveling domestically, pack everything in your carry-on. This might also give you flexibility to cash in on flight bumps and voucher opportunities.

Bonus: Be nice when traveling. 

It’s amazing how many people are willing to help you when you smile and show respect. Customer service is a hard industry as it is. Smiling and being respectful could result in financial savings but ultimately this will result in brightening someone else’s day.

Further reading:

YTravel: 52 Ways to Save Money on Travel

Moneyning: 50 Budget Travel Tips and Save Money on Vacations

Money Saving Expert: 50+ Overseas Travel Tips 

Budget Traveller: 75 Traveling Tips to Save Money While Traveling in Europe

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What are your favorite travel tips? Do you have any frugal traveling tips to add? Leave a comment!

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.


    • Brianna an empty water bottle can be a life saver. Another idea would be to buy your snacks at a local convenience store. It’s be more expensive than a grocery store but still cheaper than mall prices. Thanks for reading!

    • Stephanie it’s so true that people when traveling forget the person behind the counter, serving drinks, or in line is in need of a kind word too. Sometimes it’s a thankless profession. Thank you for stopping by I’m glad you thought these were helpful.

    • Roslyn we don’t travel as much as we used to. However, growing up I would travel internationally sometimes multiple times a year well into my 20s. This helped us develop good habits such as the ones mentioned. Thanks for reading!

    • Ana I love traveling. Well, truth be told I love being different places. The travel portion I’ve started looking at differently lately. Life is about the destination but not at the expulsion of the journey. Thanks for reading!

  1. We don’t get to travel on airplanes very often these days but we are hoping to make a trip this year across the country. These are great tips. Thank you for sharing.

  2. One of the reasons I don’t travel is from all of the costs, unless of course I was able to avail a really nice package for the trip. These are definitely effective when traveling though, even for simple road trips.

    • Life as a Convert the library is such a great resource! Ours has a limit of 30 books and 10 DVDs. The limit is 3 weeks initially on books and 1 week one DVDs. You can also re-check the books for 6 more weeks and the DVDs for 2 more weeks. Yes, the kids love reading and it teaches them to take care of what is not theirs. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Totally on point tips on traveling frugally…In fact on traveling period. Being a member of a Travel Club and a Savvy traveler has helped us lots and kept us out of trouble esp. the bit about being nice.

    Checking documents and absolutely keeping hydrated whether on a road trip or on a long haul. In fact we did write a blog post on similar subject. I am glad you are sending the message home too Jonathan!

  4. Good tips! I like the trip to be nice when traveling. You never know what your fellow traveler is going through so being considerate should be a given.

    • Krystle, if you travel a lot those bonus Miles can really add up. I would just make it a habit before every trip to ensure that your Airline reward number is on your ticket. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. We take a lot of road trips and packing toiletries is top of my list. I don’t travel much by plan but if I do I will use these tips. Thanks for sharing these great tips!

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