How to Get More Packing Space for Your Vacation
When packing for a trip, the image of someone sitting on a suitcase while another person zips it up is the typical thought. In the past few years the rules have changed. Trying to fit all your personal belongings into one suitcase to save some money doesn’t work anymore. Airlines have regulations on size and weight. If you exceed the weight or size limitations, they will come after your wallet. Knowing these rules, there are other rules to be aware of that can benefit you.
Rule 1 – Become a Sports Enthusiast
Whether or not you like sports such as skiing, baseball, surfing, etc. You might want to look into borrowing a bag from a friend. Typically airlines will not charge you extra for bringing sports equipment. How this benefits you is that you can bring a sports bag with a baseball bat and then fill the rest with the stuff you need
Rule 2 – Babies are a Bonus
Babies rock for additional carry on and check in items. If you bring a baby you can bring a stroller to check in (again filled with your stuff). Also, you can bring a carry on diaper bag; the bigger the better. The apparent downside might be if you are planning non-baby things for your vacation. However if you are planning on bringing a baby anyways, take advantage of the benefits.
Rule 3 – Pretend You are a Professional Photographer
Get a large photo bag and put a camera in it, now you can carry it on the plane for free. Photographers do not need to count their photo equipment as part of their carry on limit. It doesn’t matter if you are a skilled photographer, there is no background check to see if you are an actual photographer.
Rule 4 – Always Ask Questions
Before you leave call your airline and ask a million questions. Even if they answer no to each one of your inquiries then you are in the same position you were before. If they answer yes to one of your questions, you just scored additional baggage.
Last Rule – Know How to Pack Your Bag
Go to a store and buy a luggage scale and a couple storage bags that compress. A luggage scale is only 7 or 8 dollars and storage bags for packing are really cheap. You can often find storage bags in a dollar store. This small investment will allow you to have more space in each bag and be the maximum weight without going over.
Also, be organized. It is surprising how much space can be saved if clothes are folded neatly and stacked well. Get a bag for your personal items and pack them tightly. Fill up the empty voids, like inside shoes, with small items: hairspray, socks, underwear, etc.
These rules might help you get more baggage and space to pack, but you might end up looking like a monster covered in a whole bunch of carry on baggage. If you don’t mind then these rules will help you get to your destination with about half of your house for no additional cost.