Avoid Extra Baggage Fees – Travel Light!

Posted: March 5th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Airlines are now charging for baggage over 50 lbs. and some are even charging for bags over 30 lbs. Therefore it becomes ever more important to travel light these days. Keeping luggage to one piece and keeping it within weight restrictions is going to save you a lot of time, money and hassle. In addition, it may also mean that you can carry on your luggage, which eliminates the hassles of losing checked luggage.

Consider your Suitcase Choice

Consider your suitcase. How much does it weigh empty? Keep in mind that this added weight will increase the weight of the bag once packed. Lightweight nylon duffel bags weigh less than hard sided suitcases; they are also flexible so you can pack a lot in them. The lighter your bag is when it’s empty, the more you’ll be able to pack without overshooting your weight limit.

Make a List

Make a list before you pack. This way, you can write down everything you want or need to take with you, so that you make sure you don’t forget anything. Then, as you pack, go back and take anything off your list you’re not going to need. Think essentials first, and then add in extras from your list as you have room to.

Choose your Clothes Carefully

Choose just a few outfits’ worth of clothing that you can mix and match, so that you can get several different looks from just two or three outfits. In addition, make sure you choose clothes that are seasonally appropriate and that can do double duty. For example, exercise pants can be great loungewear (or sleepwear) in addition to dressing you for your daily workout sessions.
It’s better to layer your clothing instead of packing particularly heavy clothing. This is because layers pack better but still keep you warm, while a heavy parka is going to take up a lot of room in your suitcase.

Roll your clothes rather than folding. Shirts, pants even suit jackets will become heavily wrinkled if folded and left in a suitcase for long periods. If you roll your clothing in a tube shape, they will pack easier and come out of your suitcase virtually wrinkle free.
Bathroom kits can take up a lot of precious space. To travel light like a pro, minimize your bathroom kit to the essentials. Many bathroom items also come in ‘travel-sized’ containers; these are a great space saver.

The basic principle is to strip down your packing list to nothing more than what you’ll need, and, if any space is left over, then consider other things above the bare essentials.

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