If you are planning a trip to another country, whether for business or leisure, you will need to consider the size of your luggage. Luggage weight is measured in kilograms.
When I began my career as a flight attendant, I didn’t know much about the airlines’ luggage policy. But I quickly learned that weight was the most important factor.
I kept my clothing to a minimum and chose clothes made of cotton because they weren’t heavy. I avoided any items that might take up space inside my suitcase. I also chose things that I could wear over and over again. For example, I bought a few pairs of underwear, a few T-shirts, a couple of pairs of jeans, and some comfortable sneakers.
My goal was to carry the smallest number of items that I could without compromising on quality or comfort. That way, I would have a lot of room in my suitcase to bring back souvenirs, gifts for family and friends, and other items I needed to take with me.
So as you think about packing for your trip, keep in mind that you may need to consider your weight. You’ll be less likely to encounter problems if you weigh less.
bags and a small duffle bag, which were good for hauling a day’s worth of clothes, toiletries, and the like. In the larger leather bags, I carried only the essentials. I’d never checked a bag on any airline because I figured I would never need to do so again.
However, after working for years as a flight attendant, I decided that this was no longer an option. In fact, I realized that I needed to check bags because I was so often forced to do so, and sometimes my bags were lost.
But there’s a good reason that most airlines allow you to check baggage. If you’re traveling light, they know that you won’t need many bags. They also know that you may have forgotten something or left behind an item that you need. Plus, they know that if your bags get lost, you won’t be happy with the airline’s service.
So if you are planning a trip and need to check your baggage, here are some things to consider:
Airline baggage rules vary. Many airlines allow you to check one bag that weighs less than 100 pounds (45 kg) and one bag that weighs more than 100 pounds (45 kg). Some airlines even allow you to carry a carry-on bag that weighs less than 20 pounds (9 kg).
There’s an old airline joke: “A plane leaves New York for London carrying only one passenger, but only one suitcase.” This joke is really true when you consider the number of restrictions that airlines impose on you. However, there are some exceptions: Most airlines allow you to check a second bag weighing up to 50 pounds (22 kg).
You also may be able to check a third bag. The number varies by airline. The airline you travel on will tell you when you make your reservation.
You may think that checking baggage makes your life easier. However, if you’ve ever lost a bag, you know that it’s not so simple. And if you don’t check your bags, you’ll be at the mercy of someone else. It’s a lot better to have control over your bags.
Some airlines require that you check all three of your bags. Others allow you to check two bags and carry a carry-on bag. The most popular airline luggage policy allows you to check only two bags but gives you the option of carrying a carry-on bag. Most airlines will charge you extra for this carry-on bag.
As a rule of thumb, always check two bags unless you have a very small carry-on bag. This way, if your bags get lost or delayed, you’ll be covered. You also don’t want to carry more than one bag in your overhead bin because the flight attendants have limited space to store bags.
Many people use a combination of checked and carry-on bags. I prefer to keep all of my bags in my checked bags. This way, they’re close at hand, and I won’t have to worry about losing them.
What about carry-on bags?
You may wonder why anyone would take a carry-on bag. When I worked as a flight attendant, I used a carry-on bag as well. I had to decide which items I’d need for my trip. I wanted to pack light because I was traveling to different countries where I wouldn’t find the same products or services.
In addition, if I left my bags in my home country, I’d be forced to check them. So I made a list of what I needed to pack and packed only what I needed.
It wasn’t easy packing a carry-on bag. In fact, I found that it was impossible to pack everything that I needed. If you are traveling by air, you’ll probably also find it difficult.
For example, most airlines allow you to carry two purses and one briefcase.