Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but luggage fees imposed by airlines can take away from the fun. These days, most airlines will charge extra for bags weighing more than a certain amount (typically around 50 pounds). Fortunately, there are some steps travelers can take to travel light without making lots of sacrifices in the process.
Stick With a Simple Style
Before you start packing things in your suitcase, lay out everything you’re planning on bringing. Try to pack clothing items that can be worn more than once and that will be versatile with different outfits. For example, a pair of dark-wash jeans may be worn several times before needing washing. The same goes for a jacket or blazer. Sticking with a simple color palette while packing will also make this easier.
Replace Older Luggage
If you have older luggage, there’s a good chance that your luggage is already on the heavier side. Today’s luggage is made much lighter, so you might want to consider buying a new suitcase or two before your trip.
Buy Toiletries at Your Destination
Sometimes, it makes more sense to buy basic toiletries (such as toothpaste, shampoo, and the like) once you arrive at your destination rather than trying to pack it in your luggage. After all, there are already restrictions on bringing liquids onto a plane. Not to mention, you run the risk of your lotions, shampoos, and other liquids leaking into your luggage when you pack it to bring in your checked baggage.
Pack Heavier Items in a Carry-On
Since most airlines allow one free carry-on bag, you may want to pack your heavier items (books, laptops, boots, etc.) on your carry-on instead of on your checked bag.
By following these useful tips, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding expensive baggage fees. And of course, if you’re looking for a reliable shuttle service to or from the airport, you can always turn to High Desert Shuttle.