Check before you travel 1

As we went out the door a in May to head for our Bristol airport accommodation, I suddenly had a horrible feeling about our luggage. I had thought I was being clever by packing all our things into just 2 suitcases, which according to a hand-held travel scales at home were weighing around 25kgs each.

suitcases / Foter / CC BY-NC

Not a problem I thought as we had a 50kgs limit between the three of us. However, as we were about to head out the door I suddenly had a nasty niggle that there was a maximum allowance per piece of luggage. I checked our boarding cards and sure enough, there it was in black and white, a maximum allowance of 23kgs per piece. Bugger!

This meant me ramming another two suitcases into the car to bring with us to repack the bags, the night before our flight, as we didn’t have time to do it at home. What a palaver!

So what have I learnt from this episode? Always check the maximum allowance per piece of luggage for your airline BEFORE you start packing. I’m so glad I discovered it at home rather than in the airport at 5am where we’d potentially have had to dump a load of stuff to get under the allowance or pay excess baggage.

So always, always check, then recheck what the regulations are for your particular airline regarding luggage weight before you pack and head to the airport as each one is different and it’ll save you time, hassle and money!

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