Luggage weighing scales are a must-have accessory for the savvy traveller. They can save you time and money (possibly lots of money) before you even leave for the airport. Who wants to waste either?
8 reasons you need luggage weighing scales:
Decide what to leave at home
Whether it’s a business trip or a holiday you’re packing for, it’s all too easy to overload your suitcase. A set of luggage weighing scales is a great way to sense check that you REALLY want/need everything you’ve crammed in. Maybe you don’t need all of those shoes after all?
Easy to use
Have you ever tried to balance a bulky suitcase on your bathroom scales? So tricky and so very inaccurate! How confident would you be that you’re not about to blow your luggage allowance?
Luckily luggage weighing scales are cheap, lightweight and super easy to use. All you do is attach the luggage scales to the handle of your suitcase with the strap, switch on and lift. Then check the weight of your bag instantly from the digital readout.
It doesn’t matter what shape your suitcase is, you can weigh it easily with digital luggage scales.
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No nasty surprises at check-in
What could be worse when you’re stood at the check-in desk than frantically having to fish items out of your checked luggage? Or maybe having to switch items between bags? Or, possibly even worse, having to dispose of items so you don’t exceed the baggage limit – that’s never a great start to a trip.
Save on excess baggage charges
Excess baggage charges can be a real stinger! Airlines publish their tariff of charges but it’s a very expensive business. That extra outfit you’ve squeezed in could cost so much more than you paid for it! Check out excess baggage charges for all major European airlines here.
If you know your bag will be overweight, it’s much cheaper to pre-pay for an extra hold bag than pay excess baggage at the airport.
Peace of mind
Airlines don’t only have weight limits for hold bags, but for cabin bags too. If your airline allows you to have more than one cabin bag, remember that your cabin bag allowance is for their combined weight! Weigh everything before you go, take your little weighing scale away with you, and check all you bags before heading back home. Easy peasy.
Perfect for multi-centre trips
When you’re travelling to more than one destination, remember to check your airline baggage allowance for all ‘legs’ of your journey. International flights tend to have a more generous luggage allowance than domestic ones. No problem if you’ve taken your luggage weighing scales away with you.
Do your back a favour!
Even with wheels, super heavy bags can damage your back! Most airlines label bags weighing over 20-25kg as ‘heavy’ so the baggage handlers don’t get injured when lifting them.
Look after your back and check the weight of your bag BEFORE you lift it (especially if it’s a biggie). Try to split heavy items across two or more bags if you can.
Some airlines are more strict about excess baggage fees than others. While some will let you get away with a couple of extra kilos, others will charge for every kilo over your allowance. You can save yourself loads of stress just by weighing your luggage before you set off. Using digital luggage weighing scales is accurate to 0.1kg, so you don’t need to worry about being just one kilo over!