Travel to any popular destination in any part of the world and you’re guaranteed to see two things: tourists and souvenir shops. While it’s fun to bring home a memento or two from your travels, some of the things you can come across on the road include counterfeit products. As the saying goes, ‘if you can make it they can fake it’. Today, it’s possible to buy anything from counterfeit alcohol to prescription medications on your travels, but some souvenirs are more than just illegal bargains, and can have serious, or even deadly, consequences. Take luxury perfumes, as one example. They are often sold for a fraction of the price, but likely produced in makeshift labs, and contain toxic ingredients and aren’t subject to any regulation testing. And when it comes to alcohol, while many travellers plan to save a few bucks on their favourite tipple by hitting the airport duty free shop on the way home, if you see your favourite vodka on a foreign street at a price that appears to be too good to be true, don’t be tempted as it probably is. Then there’s cigarettes. Those made by legitimate producers are produced to strict standards, while fakes in some countries have been found to contain anything from soil to rodent droppings. And counterfeit medicines is also big business today, from prescription meds to over-the-counter products such as pain killers and anti-diarrhoea remedies, typically products which travellers often need on the road. And finally, while toys make popular souvenirs, when it comes to fakes children are more vulnerable than most to the potential health and safety risks they pose. Besides being made from banned toxic paints or dyes, they may also contain small parts which are not allowed in regulated products, and which are a common choking hazard with children.