Hi, fellow traveler! Have you ever experienced hastily re-packing your bags at the check-in counter of the airport to remove your excess baggage?
I am a frequent traveler here and abroad. In one of my trips to China, I thought I’d collapse when I was wearing five layers of clothes at Shanghai Airport on my return flight to the Philippines. Ha ha ha! What with all the weight of the clothes that I was wearing. Sometimes it is cheaper to just leave unnecessary items behind instead of paying for the excess baggage or of wearing several layers of clothing.
1. Know your weight limits!
- the number of pieces of luggage you’re allowed to take with you
- maximum weight for each luggage.
- carry-on baggage
- check-in baggage.
And double-check any specific restriction on sports equipment or music equipment, there may be additional handling fee charges.
If you know in advance that you are likely to exceed the limit, some airlines like Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirPhil Express, Zest Air and Air Asia will allow you to purchase an allowance for an additional bag in advance from their websites using your credit card instead of charging you for excess baggage upon check-in at the airport.
2. Weigh your bags before your trip!
If you need to re-pack to adjust your baggage weight, it is best done at home. Avoid exposing your undies and brassieres in front of everybody at the terminal.
If you travel a lot, it might be worth investing in a mechanical or digital luggage scale. Just like this one. I bought mine from True-Value in Cubao for P600 plus. I don’t really remember the exact amount. But I still have the luggage scale up to now. ( Note: This is not a sponsored post. I am just relating my personal experience.)
I saw this @ CD-R KING and it only costs between P100 to P150.00. I don’t know why mine costs 6 times more. So you decide.
3. Size does Matter!
I hate it when Cebu Pacific ground personnel almost always reprimand me about my luggage when in fact it could easily fit in the metal size guide. Pahiya sila. Ha ha ha! And yes you are only allowed up to seven (7) kilos of carry-on luggage and up to 1 to 2 bags per passenger depending on the airlines. That excludes camera bags, shoulder bags and laptop bags.
4. Know the cost of going over the limit
5. The return journey
Be aware of the potential weight difference after your holiday shopping sprees, and please be honest. Being in the state of denial won’t help you solve your luggage problem.
Know what’s worth taking home and what you can live without. Because sometimes it is better to leave them behind than pay the excess baggage fee.
6. Ship your luggage
In most developed countries, a post office is your first choice.
Spend some time working out whether it’s better value to send a number of smaller packets, rather than one massive box.
If standing in line at the post office isn’t your idea of a good time, consider using a freight forwarding service to send your excess baggage home. You may arrive back well before your extra luggage does, but that’s a small price to pay to sail through check-in, don’t you think?
Ow, don’t forget to consider the customs charges that will be imposed on the items you will send through the post or courier. They might be higher than the costs of the items that you will ship through the post or courier.