Exceeding your luggage worth restriction is a nothing sort of a nightmarish experience. One solution to this that has always been preached by every travel bloggers known on earth is the two-word magical phrase; packing light! Packing light has been nothing sort of an art form. It sounds simple.
Bring less, use organizers, use scales, and so forth—but the practice is way more difficult, and well, takes practice. So when the practice of packing light itself is not as easy as it sounds, where do you start in order not to exceed your luggage weight?
Check with your airlines
On top of the international regulation, make sure that you have the specific information. Visiting your airline’s website is usually sufficient to yield you the information you needed. Call your airlines if you’re unsure.
Get the appropriate bag
One of the fastest way to pack lighter is well, to reduce the size of you bag! If you’re used to bringing huge bags, change your habits by changing your bag. The bigger the bag means more room. More room means more urges to fill it with your stuff. More stuff means more weight. And so on. Before you know it, you’re already exceeding your weight limits.
Get a luggage scale
A straightforward way to find out whether you exceed limits. Get a luggage scale that is portable as well. It’d be a good investment to bring on your many travels.
This item may prove to be particularly useful if you especially love shopping and/or plan to shop a lot in your destination.
Even though you did not exceed the luggage weight during your departure to your destination, that does not mean you’re fine during the time going home. The condition of your luggage and the total of your belongings may very well be very different.
Having a luggage scale is going to be very handy in helping you know the exact weight of your luggage; whether you can squeeze more of that souvenir in.
Minimum to no toiletries
Only bring toiletries once you’re sure if the place you’re staying in will not provide it. But even then, consider that you can always buy these items at the nearest mini market in your destination. For items such as razors, toothbrushes, and toothpastes, your hotel or resorts would likely have them, so it’s not necessary for you to bring them.
Don’t bring items “just in case”
This is basically the same as “what-ifs” item—in the end, it’s going to cost you space and impose more weight. Things such as umbrella, that extra piece of clothes (“I don’t know whether I’m going to use it but—just in case!”), and everything that could possibly load your baggage. Just don’t bring it. Have a packing list and bring the most essential ones with you.
Compartmentalize your belongings
Take full advantage of packing organizers such as the packing cubes. They’re going to change the way you travel and pack. Travel organizers have been known to prevent overpacking. They also serve their purposes well in organizing your luggage and would minimize the frustration of digging through the endless lump of stuff and clothes.