Normally around this time of the year when we hear the words “Weight Watching”, we think about the diets we resolve to keep AFTER the first of the year. However as travel expert consultants, when we say these words we are thinking about your holiday packing.
I recently returned from a 24 day trip to Australia. For this latest trip, my bag weighed about 35.2 pounds total – which is about 5-10 pounds heavier than my usual weight for this length of trip since my husband kept stuffing his clothes and paraphenalia into my bag!
The first packing tip. Think obsessively about how much everything you are taking weighs. Let’s start with the item that will probably weigh the heaviest –your bag. If you don’t know how much your bag weighs and your googling efforts fail to ascertain this information, weigh yourself first and then weigh yourself hugging the bag to your waist. Subtract the difference. Voila – c’est simple!
I personally use a 22” Titelist roller duffel bag. It weighs 6.9 pounds. If your bag weighs over 8 pounds, you are losing valuable weight allowance in the bag alone. (Last May, I finally relinquished my old faithful Briggs & Riley bag; it weighed over 13 pounds!!)
I like the duffel bag because it is soft sided which accounts for its lightness but it also has a hard platform base so I have a safe place for my wine purchases! Plus lots of zippered pockets as well as a “wet pocket”. Of course, handle and wheels for easy manoeuvering. For short trips, I could carry it on as its dimension fit the requirements (10.5H X23.5W X11D = 44.5 linear inches < 45 linear inch maximum).
Step 1 of your weight loss program – weigh your luggage!
P.S. For checked luggage, most airlines limit the checked bag weight to 50 lbs before incurring additional charges. However, many of us cannot lift 50 lbs without potentially hurting ourselves so having light weight luggage is a gift to yourself!