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Souvenirs from around the World Worth Squeezing into Your Suitcase

It’s no secret that I am no fan of souvenirs. Not the typical suspects anyway. Give me a typical food item over a key ring any day as a souvenir from your trip. Buy me something silly yet useful, like a mafia apron from Sicily or a Cadbury chocolate from England instead of little attraction miniatures, pencils or snow globes.

I have already shown you the alternative guide to holidaying gift giving but this time around, I am taking you across the world for products that you must squeeze into your luggage in select countries. So buckle up, empty your suitcase and let’s get shopping.

Japan

– Kitchen stuff: knives, chopsticks, rice bowls, sushi mat, porcelain

– Fan: Anime and Manga, figurines , stationary, cosplay items

– Useful: latest electronic releases, towels, stationary, parasols/umbrellas

– Sweets: KitKats, matcha cookie and chocolate, shichimis

– Drinks: sake, green tea, matcha tea, soda cans, mochi

Germany

– Kitchen stuff: Beer mugs, Christmas market mugs, porcelain kitchenware sets

– Sweets: chocolate, marzipan, gummy bears, lebkuchen (during Christmas)

– Drinks: beer, Jägermeister

– Health: Penaten cream

– Decoration: wooden and straw Christmas hangers, baubles

England

– Kitchen stuff: Tea set, cookie tin box

– Sweets: Cadbury chocolate, fudge, rock candy, shortbread

– Drinks: tea, whiskey

– Clothing: something from Primark

– Preloved: second-hand clothing and used books

Sweden

– Kitchen stuff: Glassware, fika cups, cheese slicer

– Kitchen textiles: towel, aprons, oven gloves

– Food: Canned game meat (moose, reindeer etc.), knäckebröd, lingonberry jam, tube cheese

– Drinks: Absolut Vodka, Julmust

– Design: furniture, decoration

Australia

– Food: Tasmanian cheese, Vegemite (to prank your friends)

– Sweets: TimTams, cherry ripe bars

– Drinks: Shiraz

– Decoration: aboriginal art or handicraft, wooden handcraft

– Health: Tea tree or emu oil

Korea

– Food: kimchi, gim, seafood crisps

– Drink: vegetable milk, tea

– Fan: KPop and KDrama articles

– Shopping: socks, caps, rings, cosmetic products, electronics

– Kitchen stuff: silverware

Italy

– Food: olive oil, pasta in different shapes and sizes, cheese, crushed pistachios

– Drink: wine, grappa, coffee

– Kitchen stuff: moka coffee pot, ceramics

– Shopping: leather shoes, designer fashion, lace

– Culture: paintings, glass

That’s it for now. Of course, there are so many other countries out there and before I just spam you with lots of unique, yummy or decorative things that I recommend stocking up on, I want to know what would YOU recommend. Where did you travel and bought something that you thing is a must? Let me know down below.



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I think I was always made for foreign countries. At the age of 8 I started learning English and a lifelong language romance began. Seeing the country of Shakespeare for the first time 6 years later only set free what has always been lurking: the travel bug. I went off to live in England and Sweden for a little over half a year, travelling whenever I could while studying and working, all the while blogging about my experiences and interrogating my new international friends about their own cultures, daydreaming of finally visiting their foreign lands. This year I made the decision to stop dreaming and start living the dream. I made the bold plan to travel through Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Japan within 11 months, discovering as much as I could and keeping my budget stable through jobs on working holiday visas. Here I am now and already in the midst of blogging about my adventures and travel stories. There is always something happening and I'd love to share it with you. I hope you join me on my crazy ride. See ya!



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