Ten tips for packing for trips

NOV 24, 2017 AT 07:52 AM


Know the airline baggage-free policy


Ah, the dreaded airline baggage fees. So many airlines introduce “basic economy” fares, which are only the most basic service of transporting you from place to place. Your seat assignment, itinerary charges and cancellations, on-board amenities, and room for your carry-on bag cost extra money. 

If you are travelling by air, one of the first things you should always find out is their baggage-free policy. In this internet age, you have no excuse to be ignorant of such information. During international journeys, you can be permitted to carry a big bag, but for domestic flights, it may be a different story.

Note that before you begin packing, study your airline’s website and understand the baggage policy. You can even do this before you buy the plane ticket, especially if you want to bring on a checked bag or two.

Before leaving home, one of the best secret weapons to use: weigh your bags before going to the airport – avoid incidents of getting the shock of your life by being charged unnecessary baggage fees. Purchase some luggage scales and weigh your bags on both legs of your travels to see if you are close to the weight limits. If you are very close to the limit, you can quickly offload some of your heavier items or reduce what you are packing altogether.

One of the worst things that can happen to you if you are travelling is to discover that you forgot an essential item, leaving you scrambling to discover the nearest store in your destination. The other side – you pack too much in your bag(s), and you become burdened with heavy bags to tow, in addition to looking disorganized and, if you are travelling by plane, paying an arm and a leg for airline baggage fees.