7 Sneaky Ways to Avoid Excess Baggage Fees
Ever had to open your luggage at check-in because it exceeds weight restrictions? Not your finest moment, but hey, we’ve all been there. Let’s be honest: Sometimes avoiding the embarrassment of rifling through your underthings in public is almost worth paying the excess baggage fees. We know how many of you loathe the packing process too, and making those tough decisions on what to take and what to leave behind. So what’s the secret to traveling light but in style?
According to Hermione Olivia Underwood of Hermione Olivia, the first step is selecting a small suitcase. Then it’s all down to perfecting your packing strategy—that and a well-curated wardrobe, of course! “You should also research the climate, culture, and what activities you have planned each day,” says Underwood. “Pack pieces you love, that fit well, and that make you feel truly comfortable.” Below she shares her simple tips to perfecting the art of light yet stylish travel.
The smaller the suitcase, the less you will pack. Most airlines have an on-board baggage allowance of at least one carry-on piece. Always choose pieces with wheels to make traveling to and around your destination much easier. There are some fun scooter styles available now too if you want to stay really mobile. I prefer to choose a chic and lightweight option. For the men (or the ladies who prefer a classic piece that will age beautifully), I recommend the Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 55. Stylish and functional, with an over-the-shoulder strap, yet small enough to encourage you to pack less. Perfect!
I always travel in my heaviest jacket and shoes. By keeping the heavy pieces on your body, it allows more room in your suitcase. I keep all my makeup in my handbag too, to restrict toiletries taking up suitcase space.
Be sure to plan your outfits for each day and event. Find pieces that work together in a multitude of fashions. I recommend packing wardrobe staples and a key piece for each scenario. Think about packing one great pair of jeans, a well-cut shirt and blazer, the perfect little black dress, a pair of sneakers, and heels. A formal clutch, dressy jewelry, and different shades of lipstick are all easy accessories to throw in your suitcase too and are perfect for dressing up any outfit. Another great tip is to pack monochromatic colors so you can mix and match outfits easily. Try everything on before you leave. Chances are, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing it at home, you won’t wear it when you’re away either!
Lightweight technology is available, so use it to your advantage. The Apple MacBook Air 11” only weighs 2.4 pounds and has all the functionality you’ll need overseas. If you don’t want to be tempted to work, take an iPad. It has a camera, music, books, movies, and access to emails. If you simply love to read, leave your books at home and travel with a well-stocked Kindle. Remember to be prepared. Load movies, albums, and books onto your devices and invest in a good pair of headphones to make travel more enjoyable.
Since you’re traveling with a restricted wardrobe, make sure to launder your pieces as you go. Ask the hotels you’re staying with, or check the local area for laundromats. This way you’ll always feel fresh, despite repeating outfits.
Have you ever been traveling and not been shopping? As if! Whenever you stay in a new place, it’s always fun to buy pieces that reflect the local style. Not only will they enhance your traveling experience, but the new pieces will serve as a little memento of your trip when you’re home, too.
There’s always that moment of sheer terror when you zip your suitcase up only to realize you forgot to pack your toiletries. This can take up a huge amount of space, and they usually weigh a ton, too. Just remember that most hotels will offer you everything you need, from toothpaste to shampoo and conditioner. For everything else, try to buy in miniature size. You can pick up FTA-compliant cosmetics at the airport, to save space and any spillage in your packed luggage! If you forget anything, more often than not, you’ll be able to buy it at your destination.