I’m one of these people who travel light, but every time I pack a bag, I can’t help wondering if I’m getting dangerously close to my luggage allowance. Airlines have been setting increasingly strictest baggage weight limits and the last thing I want is to pony up overweight bag fees—it’s a money grab.
So how to make sure you don’t go over your baggage allowance? Putting the backpack on a regular bathroom scale doesn’t give a very accurate weight. I usually end up weighting myself with and without the backpack to get a rough estimate.
Apparently, there is a better solution: a luggage scale.
EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale promises to be a practical solution to never pay excess luggage fees again.
The first good surprise was how compact the luggage scale was: the box is smaller than a paperback book and the tool itself is about as big as my hand. Great, you can take it along for the return journey!
A long-life lithium battery is included (just as well, I hate when you have find the right battery before using a new product) and so is a short instruction manual. I had a quick look through but frankly, I didn’t need it—the luggage scale is very intuitive and easy to use.
There are two parts:
- A handle with a blue LCD display, the on/off button and the unit button
- A grey strap with a clip-on buckle
To weight your luggage, simply put the strap around it, clip the buckle and lift with the handle. The weight will appear on the LCD screen, in pounds or in kilos. The maximum capacity is 110 lbs (or 50 kg)—and really, if your bag is that heavy, cut back! The luggage scale has an auto power off option so you won’t waste any precious battery life.
You can buy the digital luggage scale on Amazon. I’m pretty pleased with this lightweight and intuitive tool!
I’m adding to to my packing must-have, along with insurance and hand sanitizer (so many people are traveling with a cold or the flu this season!).