Why You Need a Luggage Scale & a Chance to Win One

Why You Need a Luggage Scale & a Chance to Win One

Until recently I never needed a luggage scale and I think most people

luggage scaleprobably did not either. Unfortunately the airliners are getting stricter about luggage all the time. Now days it seems like the airlines always weight your bag and if your bag goes over weight it can cost you a lot.

My mom was recently charged $50 and her bag was only 2 pounds over the limit! 

Now I recommend getting a Digital Luggage Scale.
The cost of a luggage scale is minimal and can save you lots of money when traveling.
As you can see they are pretty small and cheap. The most expensive scale I’ve seen was $30 which is still cheaper than paying the extra baggage fees.

Luggage scales really come in handy in Europe. There are a couple of low cost airlines in Europe that are super cheap to fly around on as long as you do not need to check any bags. The sticking point is keeping your carry-on suitcase below a certain weight to make sure you do not end up having to pay. Like Ryan Air allows a free carry on, but it has to weight under 40 lbs.



By | 2018-01-21T19:29:42-07:00 August 15th, 2014|travel essentials, travel gear, Travel Tips|20 Comments

About the Author:

Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.


  1. Deborah August 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Didn’t even know they had these. Great to know about for sure!!!!

  2. Charlet August 18, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I always check baggage.

  3. Charlet August 18, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Travel money saving tip… Whenever you can, prepack snacks! Check ahead on websites or call to see if the place you are going allows outside food.

  4. Pech August 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I don’t usually need to weigh my bags unless I am trying to squeeze a week worth or more, or if I bought a lot of stuff, or as you pointed out, travelling overseas which fulfills both those criteria! Packing a lil scale then saves you so much hassle versus hoping your hotel room already has one or asking for one to be sent up

  5. Nancy August 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I try to use just carry ons to avoid the hassle of luggage transfer and pickup if my trip is short.

  6. Nancy August 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    To save money on travel, I always pack a plastic cup, packets of tea mix, and some snacks in my carry-on. I eat a big breakfast and have a snack for lunch.

    • Meagan August 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Nancy, That is so clever. I try to always at least take a water bottle, because my kids are constantly thirsty on planes and I don’t want to be stuck waiting on the drink cart.

  7. Dawn S. August 20, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I would only take carry-ons until I got married, but now I like to check bags on airlines that give free checked bags for military 🙂

    • Meagan August 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Dawn, I love that United lets military check a bag. We do that too when possible. Unfortunately we are usually traveling without my husband and I do not get the option without him.

  8. Dawn S. August 20, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    To save money, especially on flights, I try to stay open to flying at less convenient times and look at other nearby airports and layover options in case that would give a lower ticket price.

  9. Diana Flynn August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    I prefer to check bags because it makes things easier while on the plane. When I travel without my toddler I do prefer to carry on!

  10. wen budro August 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I do check bags because Alaska Airlines lets Alaska residents check 2 bags for free.

  11. wen budro August 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    To save money on trips, I take along my own food and snacks and a portable DVD player for entertainment.

  12. K. Finn August 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I try to find out what I can buy at my destination that is just as cheap as bringing it with me. I also use kayak.com to compare hotel prices.

  13. Fiona N August 21, 2014 at 6:02 am - Reply

    I would take carry-ons because I want to save money for the souvenir gifts 🙂
    Thank You

  14. Fiona N August 21, 2014 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I always bring some snacks and instant noodle cups when I travel!

  15. Brandi Goolsby August 21, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

    We check bags AND take carry ons lol! Curious to know…..why didn’t your mom just take some of the clothes out of her bag – for just 2 lbs? I’ve seen people literally putting shirts/ jackets over what they had on to make the weight requirement lol.

  16. Rachel August 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    It honestly depends on the duration of the trip. If I’m spending the weekend in NYC I’ll bring a carry on. On the other hand if I’m going to Jamaica for 10 days I’ll definitely do a checked bag.

  17. Peggy Johnson August 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I have checked bags and carry-ons. I like to have room to bring back items.

  18. Diane L. August 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    When we go on vacation, it is generally for a week or more, so I can’t get by with just a carry on. I always check a bag.

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