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.