Over Packed Over Weight

I pack and repack weeks in advance...its part of the fun in planning for me.  Because I was flying Allegiant, I decided to limit myself to one bag which they only allow to be 40 lbs.  Got it to 39.9 lbs ...Ready to walk out the door and stuffed all my New England brochures and maps in the bag at the last minute.  Yup 2 lbs over and they nailed me $50 ...so much for my bargain fare! No time to remove paperwork from bag so bit the bullet and paid ...can we say dumb Debbie dumb.

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I pray every time I check luggage.

I weigh my bag about three times before my cruise. The last time is just before I walk out the door. I have never been over weighted. My problem is after my trip. I have even requested a scale from the cruise line or hotel if I think I might have a problem. My husband is good at estimating our suitcases' weight. Since his bags are always under weighted, we move my stuff over to his bag if I am close to the limit.

We invested in a luggage scale from Amazon. It is digital and has a carrying pouch. We take it with us. Coming home our bags were 48.8 and 48, just under Southwest's 50 lb limit. Without the scale, we would have been over on ours, and DD would have been under, and DH would have been beside himself Surprised

39.9 ? You really didn't leave enough wiggle room for scale deviation. Next time, get it down to 39 lbs even. Possibly even 38.

We usually fly SW so we have the 50lb. limit. I generally can get sown to 42-43lbs, the DH is usually 38lbs. When we "dress to the nines", he also takes a hang-up bag...so... I have carry one of my dresses in it as well (anything to help me keep the weight down).Wink We don't buy much, but I usually carry an expandable bag the can be my second carry-on. A scale is very handy as well.

We try to weigh our luggage at home. one time we were extremely over our 50lb limit and had to buy a bag from the gift shop at the airport so that we can take some things out of our luggage

Not sure about the overpacking, but I sure know I am over weight Wink

Yes indeed! Weighing my luggage is stressful enough! No way I'm getting on that darn scale!!! Yummy I am my own "flotation device"! lol

Last time I flew, bought a $10.00 or so scale from WalMart. Accurate enough - it showed 49 pounds, the airline showed 48.8 pounds.

And yes, I do seriously overpack.

I always struggle with overpacking. My husband usually carries a back pack with his laptop, more than once I've had to transfer stuff into it.


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