Making Weight (not you, your bag!)

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Most airline carriers restrict passengers to 50 pounds per checked bag (on international flights your first checked bag is free). When traveling abroad for the first time, many students think that the bigger the bag the better the packing. This simply isn’t true! Many of the really large suitcases will weigh well over your 50 pound limit once you fill them.

Even when you select a smaller bag (I recommend 24-27 inches), keeping it under 50 pounds is challenging. Here are some suggestions if you are having trouble getting your bag to 50 pounds:

Remember your suitcase’s weight is a part of that total weight limit. Select the lightest bag possible (but make sure it is still durable)!

Does anyone else have tips for dealing without over weight luggage?

PS - click here for my tips on packing your carry on.

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