How To: Travel light to avoid baggage fees

Travel light to avoid baggage fees

How to Travel light to avoid baggage fees

It seems like there's never any breaks in air travel when it comes to money. The airfares just keep rising, and now most major airlines charge for all checked baggage, so carry-ons are the way to go. But you need to know how to take it easy with your packing list. Pack light and travel without the burden of that extra $15 or more per bag.

You Will Need
* Packing list
* Carry on bag
* Mini toiletries
* Sealable plastic bags
* Multi-function clothes
* Laundry detergent or soap (optional)

Step 1: Create a packing list
Create a packing list that includes only the items that are absolutely necessary for your trip — and stick to it.

A packing list will help you to stay focused. Most people use only about half of what they pack, so edit, edit, edit.

Step 2: Choose a carry on
Choose a carry on bag that has a rectangular shape to maximize interior space. All carry on luggage should measure less than 45 inches when the length, width, and height are combined.

Step 3: Buy miniatures
Purchase miniature toiletries or fill small bottles with shampoo, conditioner, soap, or lotion and place them in sealable plastic bags.

Step 4: Choose multi-function clothes
Choose multi-function clothing items that can be worn more than once. If you are traveling in a cool climate, choose a sweater or jacket that can be worn with multiple tops or bottoms.

If you are going to be away for a long period, you may want to pack laundry detergent to keep the clothing you pack to a minimum.

Step 5: Roll your clothes
Roll your clothes instead of folding. This will maximize your space and keep you from having to iron later on.

Step 6: Be a one-bag packer
Be a smart, one-bag packer. This will set you apart from the poor souls that paid extra and still have to wait at baggage claim after a long day of travel.

Did you know? The Unclaimed Baggage center in Scottsboro, Alabama, has been selling unclaimed baggage items since 1970.

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