Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

How to Thrift & Save on Vacation Must-Haves

Summer vacation season is here! It’s time to relax and unwind on a well-deserved trip with family or friends.

Travel should feel rejuvenating and luxurious, but that doesn’t mean it has to drain your bank account. Once you’ve booked a trip, head to your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store to save on all the getaway essentials.

Check out these tips to help you save big and enjoy a stress-free vacation:

Get Packing

Red striped tote bag from Goodwill

First things first: You have to pack, and luggage can be costly. A set of name-brand roller bags will easily set you back a couple hundred dollars. Consider thrifting them instead! Shopping at Goodwill for luggage has the potential to help you save a ton, and you’ll still be able to find a variety of bags, whether you’re looking for hard or soft-sided, rollers, duffel bags, totes, or extra zippers.

Staying organized while packing is important, especially for long trips. Check Goodwill’s shelves for small cosmetic bags to keep your makeup and toiletries sealed and separated from your clothing. Savvy travelers also pack a laundry bag to store dirty clothes throughout the trip. When you get home, just carry the separate bag to your laundry room, and your unpacking is mostly done!

Books from Goodwill
Books from Goodwill

For the Road

It doesn’t matter if you’re taking a plane or car, travel time can be dull. It’s tempting to grab a magazine from the gas station or a book from the airport bookstore. Fight the urge by coming prepared! Your local Cincinnati Goodwill retail store stocks dozens of books and other reading material that costs a fraction of what reading material will cost once you’re on the road.

Vacation Clothes

As you pack your vacation clothes, you might find you’re missing a few pieces you’ll need while you’re away. Before you spend big dollars on a new hat or dress, head to your nearest Goodwill store! Chances are you’ll find exactly what you need when you shop at Goodwill, for much less than what you’d pay at a traditional retail store. There’s no need to buy brand new, especially if it’s something you’ll really only wear on the trip.

Summer Totes from Goodwill
Summer Totes from Goodwill
Summer outfit from Goodwill
Summer outfit from Goodwill
Yellow purse from Goodwill store
Yellow purse from Goodwill

Another thing to consider is what sort of bag you’ll need to carry the essentials while you’re at your vacation destination. You might want a backpack for trekking around a city, or a beach bag for hitting the surf and sand. If you’re hiking or biking, you might want a crossbody purse or fanny pack. However you decide to keep your keys, phone, and wallet safe, thrifting a bag is an easy, cost-effective solution.

Get Vacay-Ready with Goodwill!

Vacation thrifting just makes sense — and you’ll have more money to spend on food, drinks, and fun while you’re away! Shop at your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store before your next summer vacation, and you might just save so much, you’ll consider planning another getaway.

Remember, when you shop at Goodwill, you’re not the only one who’s getting a great deal. Every purchase you make helps to fund life-changing vocational services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans, helping them empower themselves through meaningful community employment. Thank you for supporting your local Ohio Valley Goodwill this summer!