So picture it. You’re in Hawaii. Having a great time. You do a little shopping, as you do. I mean, you’re in Hawaii, you need gifts for everyone to remind them that you were off having a great time without them.
Then you might decide it’s time to head to the mall. I mean, you can only do the beach for so long, right? And at the mall your best friend will probably buy pretty much everything in his size that is on sale at Banana Republic.
Wait…what? You mean this was just me and my trip? Well at least tell me you’ve been at an airport stressed out a little, worried that the lady behind the counter was going to tell you the bag you paid $25 to check was actually going to cost an extra $120 or so because it weighed over 50 pounds? OK, good. Now you’re with me.
|Since I didn’t take any pictures in the airport to illustrate this story, please enjoy this photo I took of the sunset at Waikiki Beach…|
So anyway, that totally happened. We were in the Honolulu airport with bags that were going to cost in the triple digits because apparently you can’t bring home an entire Banana Republic store in your checked bags without paying for it. Who knew?
The airport was pretty dead and the lady behind the counter was actually really helpful. She let us spread out on the floor and repack our bags and reweigh them. And in the end I had a carry on that weighed about 472 pounds. (OK, I might be exaggerating a teeny tiny bit there.) But it is true that we were going to be charged a ton unless we shifted things into our carry ons. And my carry on did weigh a TON.
Now that I’m planning my trip to BlogHer I’m afraid. Very afraid. I keep hearing stories about how much stuff I’m going to want to get home. And even though I’ve promised myself that I’d be thoughtful in my swag haul and only take the things I really want…well…let’s face it. I’m going to do too much. It’s my first time. I’m going to get overwhelmed. I’ll take stuff I don’t need and refuse to give it away. And in the end I’m going to be facing a trip to the airport with way too much stuff and a fear of that overpriced overweight bag fee.
Well, correction. I was afraid of that. But now I have this nifty thing to save me from luggage fee anxiety. The Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale from Eat Smart is going to save me all kinds of stress when it’s time to head to the airport. You just strap it to your luggage handle. There’s a button on the top that you press to turn it on.
Then you can lift the bag with both hands. The scale registers the weight of the bag and beeps to let you know it’s done. You can read the weight from the top of the handle while you’re still holding the bag. Pretty cool, huh?
Now you might be saying, “But I can just hold my bag, stand on my bathroom scale and then subtract my weight. That will let me know how much my bag weighs.” Well, first of all, why are you being so argumentative? Secondly, it’s called shopping. No trip is complete without shopping. And you’re not going to travel with your bathroom scale, are you? Of course not. But you can travel with the Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale. And you can shop your heart out! (I recommend putting jeans in your carry on when you repack-those things weigh a ton!)
Now you never know just how an airport scale is going to be calibrated so I’d give myself a little wiggle room, just to be on the safe side. (Eat Smart recommends giving yourself an extra pound.) But you can pack yourself silly (well, at least to 49 pounds silly, then things get serious) and avoid worrying about baggage fees. And just in case you don’t know about these pounds of which I speak…it converts to kilograms, too. The Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale comes equipped with a replaceable lithium battery and a two year guarantee. Personally, I plan to take extra batteries to BlogHer just in case. I have a feeling there will be a lot of bag weighing. A lot of bag weighing…
The Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale is available now on Amazon for only $19.95.
Eat Smart provided me with a complimentary Eat Smart Precision Voyager Luggage Scale. All opinions and photographs are my own.