|A "Souvenir" store in London, England Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
You may wonder what I am referring to but here are some examples that I have bought:
Gloves - When I was in New Zealand, the weather was cool. While I had a hoodie, my hands were still a bit chilled. I found a shop that was selling gloves and I bought a pair. I still use them to this day, almost 10 years later. And when I put them on, I think of New Zealand.
Clothing - Just like gloves, clothing is something practical that can remind you of your holiday. When I was in Australia, due to all the cookies and other goodies I was eating, it was necessary to buy some new clothing. I still have some of those clothes hanging in my closet; one pair of pants hit the bin as I wore them out. You may also need to buy clothing because those items that you packed are not weather appropriate for where you are travelling.
Umbrella - I don't tend to bring an umbrella when I travel but I will take rain clothing. But when I was in Australia, it seemed to rain constantly and I wanted an umbrella. I still use it to this day as I like the way it folds down and gets very compact. It stays in my work bag for that reason.
Toilet Plunger - This one is a little odd, I will admit that. I recently went to Ohio to visit my friend and we were in Target. I saw a colourful plunger that was on sale for $5 and I needed a plunger. While its an odd souvenir, and not one I really want to use, I do see it when I go into the washroom and it makes me think of Ohio.
Luggage - I don't know about you, but I tend to shop a little bit more than I should while on holidays. This was definitely true of my trip to New Zealand/Australia as well as my trip to Southern Ontario in 2010. I ended up having to purchase an extra suitcase to bring everything home. While I do not use these bags often, when I do see them or use them, I think of those trips.
I challenge you to purchase unconventional but practical souvenirs. Share what you have bought in the past in the comments.