Nothing like a nice buzz-kill to end your amazing trip to Venice, to open up your suitcase upon arrival to home to find that all of your beautiful stained glass sculptures have broken into a thousand pieces. This happens way too often. We go somewhere exotic, get really excited to bring souvenirs back, only to realize that they were destroyed on our flight home. Often these are things we can’t get back in the United States, so it can really put a damper on an amazing trip. Follow these tips to learn how to avoid broken keepsakes.

Next time you try to wrap your clothes around a bunch of wine bottles, think again. Not only does this not protect your drinks, but it’s a great way to ruin your clothes with all of the wine stains when the bottles break. Instead, pack bubble wrap with you from home, since chances are it will be harder to find while abroad, and wrap the bottles securely. Put these items in the middle of your suitcase.

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As for bowls, and other types of pottery, wrap these items in clothes. Fill the holes with socks, and small t-shirts or underwear to prevent them from shattering. Then, guard these treasures with harder items, such as books.

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When it comes in time for the most important types of souvenirs, food, bring a small plastic container to keep them fresh and unbroken. Chocolate is a great thing to bring back from a foreign place and is a great gift to give someone, but not when it’s all squished.

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How do you pack your souvenirs?

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Shane Autumn is currently a senior at The University of Tampa, pursuing a degree in Communication, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in International Studies. When this travel-obsessed, adventure junkie isn't out exploring the world, she can be found feeding her unhealthy addiction to chocolate chip cookies. Shane Autumn is an avid human rights and animal activist, and plans on starting her own non-profit organization someday.

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