When collecting luggage for a trip, tourists mainly weigh it on their home scales, after which they check the weight of the suitcase again at the check-in counter at the airport.
Some airports provide special scales for luggage, but what if you don’t want to overpay for the weight of a suitcase on the way back, and there are simply no scales at the airport?
In this article, we’ll look at a few life hacks on how to weigh luggage without scales.
How can you find out the weight of a luggage: alternative methods?
Some people know that you can weigh a suitcase completely free of charge at the airport. It’s worth finding a working rack. Anyone has an accurate scale that allows you to find out the weight of your hand luggage. Usually it takes just 1-2 minutes to weigh a suitcase.
But you need to prepare for the trip in advance so as not to overpay for excess baggage. There are 2 easy ways to weigh a suitcase without scales. If for some reason one doesn’t work, the other will come in handy.
Way 1. Comparing
You can compare a suitcase with other objects whose weight is known for sure. A full water canister is an excellent option. Considering that a liter of water weighs about 1 kg, it’s better to take a five-liter container or two. There is a known case when one resourceful man learned a lot of hand luggage with the help of his cat. That pet weighed 11 kg.
Way 2. Home scales
You can use bathroom scales at home. We need to pick up a suitcase and get on the scales. Then just subtract your own weight from the given result.
The last and perhaps most reliable way is to use electronic baggage scales. They are quite compact, so you can easily take them with you on trips, and the price for them is quite low. You can buy such a gadget at the airport, in a suitcase stores or just order on the Internet.
Q: What problems can there be in case of overweight baggage?
A: There is overweight at check-in. When buying a ticket, you can always look at the permissible baggage weight and buy extra pounds in advance. This’s especially true for most Low Cost carriers, since there the ticket fare includes only hand luggage, and you have to pay for all baggage checked into the luggage compartment and/or overpay for overweight.
Q: How to reduce luggage weight in advance?
A: When you calculate the cost of the overweight of many things (5 euros per 1 kg), you’ll understand that many common things – shampoos, toothpastes, sun creams, etc. are much cheaper to buy on arrival at the holiday destination, and not overpay for them at the airport. The same time, you also win a place inside the suitcase for more necessary things. In addition, buy food, drinks, alcohol and souvenirs at Duty-Free. This weight is free of charge.
Q: Are there any more rules?
A: For trips lasting within a week, there is one simple rule: take exactly as many things as you need. No more.
You can find out the weight of your luggage at home using a conventional floor scale or using a special luggage scale. At the airport, you can go to an empty check-in counter or to the Drop off counter.
So, now we’ve told everything we know about this problem. Hope, you’ll find these tips useful on any travel journey. Good luck!