This is the one thing you should never buy at the airport

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  • The summer is coming (finally) and we’re packing our bags and heading off to the best island in Europe. If your suitcase is crammed full of summer dresses, summer sandals and beauty travel kits, it can be easy to stock up on some holiday bits when you’re at the airport.

    After all, duty free is there for a reason, right?

    Well, it turns out that there’s one thing you should never buy at the departures gate. According to Erin Yurday, CEO of NimbleFins, you should always make sure you’ve selected the best sun cream before you get to the airport. Why? Because despite being duty-free, you can pay up to £6 more for a bottle than you would online.

    He told Cosmopolitan UK: ‘Be sure to include sun cream on your holiday packing list, buying online at least a week ahead of your trip to secure the cheapest prices and leave time for shipping.

    ‘If you need to buy sun lotion from the airport duty-free you might pay nearly £6 more per bottle.

    ‘However duty-free prices may still be cheaper than what you’d pay once you arrive at your destination, as shops in tourist towns have notoriously high prices for necessities like sun lotion.’

    Good to know.

    If you do like a bit of a shop while you’re waiting for your flight, you’re better off splashing the cash on bags, branded lipsticks, sunglasses and shoes instead.

    Okay, fine, if we have to.

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