Recently, luggages have been such an on-trend topic of the news. It is because people usually have no idea about how to pack fit into the airline’s standard. Thus, they are required to pay extra money for oversized one which charges them a huge money as they are only found at the check-in desks.
There is even a campaign held not long ago by the San Francisco Chronicle’s travel editor named #CarryOnShame criticizing those carrying too heavy belongings.
It is, for of course, a common mistake and most of the time it is not purposeful. Thus, if you are one of those people who usually have to deal with oversized baggages, you should take a look at a few of packing tips below.
Making sure about your suitcase size
The common maximum size of a luggage on plane is 9x14x22 inches. The numbers represents for the depth, width and length respectively. However, in some cases, you are not allowed to pack your things in the suitcase which exactly at that size.
Particularly, the size as well as the weight of your luggage may be widen significantly due to wheels. The same is true for the telescoping handles. Therefore, unless you are willing to pay such a huge money for extra weight, it is recommended to use an old school suitcase instead. Although it is undeniable that it is hard to carry with, you are free to pack up to the maximum point.
Another thing you have to pay attention is do not use the expanded space of your suitcase. It is available, yet, not suitable for flight as using it means you probably pack out of the standard.
Appropriate quality of your luggage
It is not necessary to spend a huge amount of money to buy such an high-class suitcase. However, you should buy a baggage that have a suitable quality depending on your frequency of travelling.
It is ok to charge for a cheapie suitcase if you are a vacationist who travel seasonal and love chilling in resorts. In this case, you may find your at Costco or TJ Maxx.
On the other hand, if you are a travellers often moving around especially by plane, it is recommended to charge for a better one. Though they may be cost you are little more, their long lifetime will be beneficial in the long-run. You can choose from some brand such as Briggs & Riley, Eagle Creek or Osprey,etc.
Other packing advices
Besides those two attentions, you should aware of these more advices mentioned below:
Avoiding black suitcase
The color black of your suitcase definitely does not impact your packing process at all. Yet, the only problem is they are so popular that you can mess up with thousands of them. Thus, when it gets lost, it seems to be impossible to find.
Charging a hard one
Suitcase which has a hard shell is a good idea unless you don’t usually try your best to push your suitcase down in order to make it fit. Unlike the soft one, hard shell will make that step becomes much tougher. Thus, it will minimize the chance which your luggage is overweight.
Carefully choosing wheels
Although it is recommended to buy a non-wheel suitcase, if you do need one with wheels, make sure that they are good unless you are willing to tackle with broken one during your trip.
Buying a backpack
Backpack is a great choice of luggage if you are a backpacker or a solo traveler as it can carry a lot of things without any considerable taken spaces.
Choosing a water-proof luggage
Water-resistant material is necessary for a journey. You have to be always ready for the worst situation which including the weather suddenly rains.
Doing the laundry
The best way to reduce the number of clothes carrying with is washing them regularly. They can be washed in a sink or sometimes, you can use the laundry service of your accommodation.
In conclusion, these are some tips for avoiding packing overweight which may be necessary for you. Wish you have the best trip ever.