I check my luggage to avoid tugging it around the airport and stuffing it into overhead bins.
After barely making the 50 lb limit, I decided to rethink my packing strategy. Another traveler faced an $85 charge for overweight luggage. I provided her with these packing tips. Take note:
Pro Packing Tips
1. Plan to leave 1/3 of your suitcase empty. Although I don’t always meet this goal, my suitcase is never stuffed. The extra space leaves room for souvenirs! To ensure this, you should
2. Plan your outfits in advance. This way, you know that your shoes and accessories will work with each outfit, and you reduce the items in your suitcase. Another way to make sure that you have enough clothes is to
3. Plan to do laundry. I always pack with the idea that I can wash my clothes and get double the outfits. Most hotels are equipped to handle laundry, so it’s convenient and costs less than extra baggage fees. After you know what you’re going to wear, go ahead and
4. Pack early. I packed a week prior to my last cruise. I was able to add or remove items throughout the week and on the day of travel, I was sure that I wasn’t forgetting anything. It allowed me to take my time and avoid any last minute panics. You’ll use less space if you
5. Roll your clothes. Rolling clothes helps utilize tight spaces. Another great way to squeeze all your goods into tight spaces is to
6. Use travel size items. Even if you check your luggage, use travel size bottles to hold your toiletries. Also, check your department store for testers of your favorite fragrances. Every bit of extra space is a plus. And just in case you love souvenirs,
7. Take an empty or mostly empty cloth bag as a carry-on or personal item. You could also pack it in your suitcase. This will serve as additional storage for your travel purchases.
Together, I’m sure that we have enough packing tips to prevent excess baggage fees. So share your tips!
Need some inspiration? Check out this guy’s supernatural packing abilities.