Items you should never buy at the airport

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While Memorial Day has come and gone, many travelers are beginning to prepare for the busiest vacation season of the year.

From exotic getaways to sandy beaches to adventurous excursions to mountainous regions, more than likely, you'll have to book a flight to reach your destination.

If you prepare early enough, however, you can manage to catch a great flight deal that'll save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But, once you finalize your travel plans and coordinate your departure day, the next obstacle is an unlikely one: avoiding money traps at the airport.

Duty-free purchases may seem like a good buy at the time, but if you steer clear of those along with these other tricks, you'll be thankful for the money you may save while waiting to catch your flight.

In case you're unsure of the items to avoid buying at the airport, check out the slideshow below of seven not-so-obvious examples.

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Items you should never buy at the airport
Wi-Fi
Wireless internet is often a necessity in order to keep in contact with your loved ones. Before you make the decision to purchase it at an airport, however, check to see if there is a local Starbucks or coffee shop where Wi-Fi will more than likely be free to use. 
Souvenirs 
If you're looking for a last-minute gift then purchasing a souvenir from a shop inside the airport may be necessary. If you are able to stop beforehand, you may want to avoid buying a gift from the airport. Oftentimes, airports will increase the price of souvenirs that can probably be found somewhere else for a more reasonable price. 
Bottled Water 
You may not realize it, but on average, bottled waters inside airports are about three dollars. You can avoid this trap, however, by purchasing a reusable water bottle or even emptying your water bottle before you go through the security checkpoint and refilling at a fountain once you get inside. 
Neck Pillow
This is a common item that can be purchased online. If you aren't able to, however, buy one before you get to the airport to avoid paying double the market price for one. 
Snacks 
Much like many of the other items on this list, snacks are extremely overpriced in airports. The best deal is to buy snacks in bulk and bring a few with you to last throughout your flight.
Books
Reading a book is a perfect way to pass time while waiting for your flight -- but if you purchase a book at the airport, don't be surprised if it happens to be 40 to 50 percent higher than what it would be in a bookstore. 

Foreign Currency 
As convenient as it may be, you should try to avoid exchanging your money at an airport. Many times, airport transactions fees are much higher than if you were to pull money from the ATM at your destination. 

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