Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Weigh your Options

Have you ever had your bags weighed at the airport only to find you’re a few pounds over? That happened to me in London and I was given the choice to either get rid of five books or pay 50 pounds sterling (over $100.00 CAD).

Airlines frequently charge baggage overage fees. In the past I’ve gotten around this by moving things to family members with lighter suitcases. However, it’s a bit awkward opening your suitcase in public for all to see as you make the transfer.

I’ve since purchased an inexpensive luggage scale with attached tape measure. Now I weigh baggage and make adjustments in privacy before I’m at the airport. The scale also keeps my desire to buy heavy items in check.

You can find luggage scales in most baggage and travel stores.

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