How to Avoid Paying Overweight Luggage Penalty

Apparently, to avoid overweight while packing for your trip, get a scale and weight exactly as how your air ticket allows. But often, we do not have a scale with us, or even if we do…there just so many things to pack or to carry from the trip. So, take a look at this “cheat sheet” and save your wallet a big chunk of money.

Always check your luggage allowance and the airline rules
Often, when you buy a low-cost airline ticket, check in luggage is not included, but you can always upgrade so pack first and see how much you need to top up your luggage up to 48 hours prior to departing. Most of the airline services will provide 2 bags allowance.

Wear a multi-pocket jacket to the airport
I know it can be crazily hot out there but a multi-pocket jacket can really give you some extra space. Sometimes, hand carry luggage just not enough to cover your souvenir shopping, the pockets become life saviour for tucking those little things in.

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Heavy items go into hand carry bag
When packing, ensure some heavy clothes are packed on top, it is easier to pull them out and wear on your body or hold some if you have a few kg on top of your allowance. While all your checked bags are weighted strictly, the hand carry ones are easier to sneak through the customs. Maximise the space in your hand carry bags, most airlines allow 1 hand carry, 1 handbag or 1 laptop bag so even if you have that little notebook, have a big bag with you and tuck some extra items in.

Free items, pay attention to them
It’s good to learn that certain items that are given free weight allowances, like child’s strollers, car seats, and certain medical items. These items, again, have wonderful extra storage space, that nobody really checks. So next time when travelling with your children, you can make full use of that extra space in the stroller to store their necessities rather than in the luggage.

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Get the right luggage
Back then, the luggage bags could easily make up 10 kg of your precious allowance, but it no longer that way. Thanks to the super light materials, there are so many options for you to get a proper bag, which weight as low as 1 – 2 kg. So consider investing in proper travelling bags that are lightweight and hardy.

If there is still 10 kg need to fit in
Oh dear, if you can’t leave anything out, consider using courier shipping services for your items rather than paying extra at the airport. So I assume in this case, you have a scale and know exactly your overweight number; go ahead pack them separately and send them home. Make sure the things you about to ship are those you will not be desperate if they get missing on the way. It takes a little while more to receive the items but it is better to wait for the items to arrive rather than to pay the penalty.

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Finally, though you are armed with all the above tactics, it is still the best to pack within the limit. For more tips and tricks like this article, subscribe to us to get the latest updates in your mailbox!


june Hello, I am June! I love to explore different roles to find out what is my passion. I used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, I figure that my passion is to express the hospitality spirit from my heart and inspire others from my work. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where I get inspired and inspire others, and running my own bed and breakfast in Vietnam. I view life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join me as I share my passion with you! You can reach out to me @ LinkedIn.

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