Destinations and Travel

Here's How to Avoid Excess Baggage on Your Future Travel Abroad

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If you’ve ever been on a plane, chances are that you’ve seen a few people opening up their bags and struggling to find a solution because they packed a little too much weight. You never want to end up in a situation where you'd be in their position and you have to find a way to clear out some stuff from your bag in order for it to get into the plane. This article will help you avoid being in such a tough and stressful situation, especially if you're already a little late.

Here Are 3 Ways You Can Avoid Excess Baggage When Traveling:

  1. Buy Certain Things At Your Destination

Whenever you're packing, you usually get this feeling to over-pack in case you'd need your extremely large shampoo bottle. Well, an important piece of information to remember is that other countries have these products too, some for an even cheaper price than the one you have. Buying things like toiletries and hair products in the place you're going to end up saving you a few kilograms in your bag, and those make a huge difference. If you're planning to stay for an extended period of time, then you'll need all the weight you can get to pack your clothes anyway.

  1. Weigh Your Bags Before You Leave

Getting all the way to check-in your bag before you travel is a really stressful situation when you don’t know what to expect when you get there. You cross your fingers and hope you're not overweight because you don’t know how much your bag weighs after you packed it. Here’s some news, there are multiple ways to weigh your suitcase while you're still at home. Having a handy little device to check the weight of your bag before you actually leave to the airport can save you so much trouble in the long run, especially if you travel frequently.

  1. Use a Light Suitcase


If you still carry around an old, heavy suitcase that’s huge and can fit all your clothes when you travel, then you might want to invest in something that does the same thing but with a lot more ease. There are hundreds of new suitcases that have a sturdy exterior shell but are extremely light and easy to handle. The weight of your suitcase itself goes into account when you're at the airport, and the lighter the suitcase, the more you can pack. Any problems with weight always occur with just a few kilograms that could’ve been spared by having a light suitcase.

Try To Use As Many Tips & Tricks as Possible

Avoiding being overweight and having to either pay a fee to get your bag on board or having to unpack things from your big suitcase onto your carry on bag is the main priority here, but you also want to have the freedom to carry the things that you want to take with you too. Avoiding unnecessary weight by combining every single trick in the book will leave you with the utmost comfort when you're packing. You'll pretty much never have to worry about heading there and finding out that your bag is overweight, especially if you know for a fact that it isn’t.

Weather Window

Tge hope is that we can shove off from the Azores in the first week back. This way we have a lot of time to sail to Porto. I know that the most dangerous thing on a boat is a calendar, and that Cruising was supposed to be the end of our scheduled lives; but two years into the voyage and we are planning on being in Porto near an airport before July 9th, so we can fly to Venice on July 9th. The longer we wait to leave Terceira, the less time we have available to us. This means that we need to leave and fast!


Returning to the boat means that we need to pack all of our belongings into weight restricted bags and set off on s very long journey. The concern that we are forgetting something is looming in the back of my mind because I can’t just “buy it there”. 

We are taking everything that we think we need to take to get the boat to Porto and finish our refit. The plan is to arrive, then finish the boat and shove off! 

Realizing You Are Far Away

At some point, it will occur to you that you have now sailed really far away from where you started.


This occurred to us when we were in a mooring field in Fort Pierce, FL. We left Baltimore, MD to go cruising in July of 2017; and have been slowly exploring the east coast of the United States as we made our way south. It wasn't until we were tied up to a ball here that it dawned on us how far we have actually come! 

It is the middle of winter and we are sitting on the deck in our in shorts and flip flops as we watch the sun set on the horizon. We had just talked with friends and family back home and they were telling us about how the weather was getting up to the 40F's and going back down to the 30F's at night. It all sunk in that we have made it so far yet our journey has only barely begun! 

This world we live in is amazing and expansive, and what better way to experience it than from the deck of a sailboat. 



Sunset is a magical time, when the sun dips below the horizon and the sky lights up with a multitude of colors. I personally like to watch as the light fades away into darkness. 

The colors always seem so rich before the disappear. You can't really appreciate light until you watch it fade away!