A recent survey by the AAA showed that 68% of American families are planning to take a vacation this year, with JFK being the busiest airport on the 4th of July. As expenses weigh on people’s minds, one charge that is easy to avoid is an extra luggage fee for an overweight suitcase.
Over-weight baggage fees can quickly add up
With some airlines charging significant amounts for excess baggage, it is worth investing in a light-weight digital luggage scale. This will come in handy both before you set off on your trip and prior to the return leg, to account for the souvenirs you may have purchased.
More and more airlines are using luggage as an additional revenue stream, particularly the budget airlines. Be sure to check when booking if the ticket price includes a checked-in bag and if so, note what weight of luggage is allowed. Different airlines tend to have different weight limits. Many of us may have lugged a heavy suitcase around the airport to avoid checking in bag, but this can add to the stress of travel on the day. It’s worth checking-in your luggage in if you can.
DIY methods to weigh luggage before a vacation
If you don’t have a luggage scale, it is possible to weigh your suitcase yourself. The most common approach is to use a weigh yourself using bathroom scale, then weigh yourself a second time while holding the piece of luggage. However, this is not completely accurate and should you wish to squeeze one more last-minute item in your case, it is recommended to use a more precise measure. The last thing you need when you are trying to get organized ready for vacation is to be precariously balancing with a heavy case on a bathroom scale!
Digital luggage scales help you travel to the airport with confidence
High quality luggage scales are a great investment pre-vacation and will save you money in the long run. You can use them to check your bags before leaving for the airport, meaning a much more relaxed check-in process. It also allows you to take any extra heavy items out at home rather than being forced to leave them at the airport. Digital luggage scales are lightweight and can be packed in the suitcase to use for the return journey. Even if the bags should be lighter after a successful holiday with sunscreen used up, trinkets, gifts and mementos to bring home can easily add up in weight again. The great thing about having a good luggage scale is also that you can use it again and again as part of your pre-vacation routine.
Why choose Truweigh luggage scales?
We have been making and selling digital scales for over 30 years. The HOOK digital luggage scale will help you keep your baggage under the weight limit. With its compact handle-shaped design, it’s very easy to use and will fit snuggly in your case so it can travel with you. There is a back-lit LCD screen with a helpful auto-hold feature to lock the weight once it’s stable. This means that you lift the bag to weigh, the display then locks in the reading so you can put everything down and read the weight when you are ready. The HOOK luggage scale has a Power Lock switch to prevent battery drainage when you are in transit. If you are flying abroad the scale also converts easily between lb and kg.