“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” ~ Erma Bombeck
No one wants to arrive at the airport anxious to get to their destination and find out that their luggage weighs more than what the airline allows, thus incurring in an extra charge anywhere from $50 to $100. Airlines have a weight limit for checked-in luggage. The weight limit can be anywhere from 40 to 50 lbs depending on the airline.
We have encountered travelers having to distribute some of their belongings from one bag to another to avoid paying the excess weight fee. It’s time consuming and a hassle. If you’re like us, we don’t completely fill our luggage. We travel light. However, we do bring home some souvenirs, a bottle or two of wine, and other accessories that may overflow our suitcases. That’s why we opted for purchasing our own portable luggage scale. It was a one-time purchase for under $10; which has saved us a lot of headaches. After packing our suitcase, we grab the scale and place the suitcase on the other end to find out what’s the weight. We prefer to keep it at least 1 to 2 lbs under the weight established by the airline, you know, just in case either scale is not well calibrated.
During one of our trips we had to purchase an additional bag to bring home the souvenirs. Buying an additional bag at the last minute is not a good idea either. We might fall prey to pay way too much just because there is no more time to search elsewhere. Therefore, we learned to include a small duffel bag in our suitcase, which we can use for souvenirs or whatever else we need to bring back. It is also an inexpensive item that can be picked up at any discount store. I usually only carry my handbag on the aircraft, therefore, I always have the “free” carry-on option available for the “just in case” duffel bag.
Traveling is fun, but there are a lot of little things that can make it a hassle. In every trip taken we’ve learned something new. And, I believe that we will continue learning from all future trips and that’s okay.
What recommendations do you have for a hassle-free trip?