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Manual Luggage Scale (and an Empty Duffle Bag)
Don’t wait until you get to the airport to be SHOCKED that your luggage is overweight.
Pre-trip, buy yourself a manual luggage scale, pack an empty foldable dufflebag and before your return flight home, weigh your bags.
If your checked luggage is overweight, avoid the ridiculous excess baggage fees (per pound) by maximizing that empty dufflebag and paying the cheaper flat fee to check that extra bag.
Recently, a relative of mine was charged $100 for excess overweight and when I asked him why he didn’t buy himself a cheap bag before heading home and paying the flat $35 for an extra checked luggage, he said that the idea never crossed his mind.
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