How To Be A "Perfect Packer" And Avoid Airline Baggage Charges
Every time an airline adds a fee for a checked bag, visitors to OneBag.com
jump. And so does the site's revenue.
With baggage and other fees layering costs to airline tickets, previously mundane questions like how to pack, what to pack, and how can I pack everything I need into one bag, become a mantra for cost-conscious travelers.
Every traveler wants to be a perfect packer, and 3,500 daily visitors to OneBag think they have found the answer in the site's exhaustive information dedicated solely to "the art and science of traveling light."
Doug Dyment, author of OneBag.com, knows everything there is to know about packing lightly, and his site shows it. Time Magazine
called him the "go-light Guru," and with Spirit Airlines still charging $45.00 for luggage stored in the overhead bins, and other airlines certain to follow, Dyment's advice is badly needed.
He has some of the best ways to creatively stow your bag the under the seat (no baggage fee), and claims he can pack for a six-month trip using only one bag that will always fit in the free 21x16x8 inches the airlines dole out.
He packs real clothes: respectable outfits, a couple pair of shoes, at least a week's supply of underwear.
The site's major categories are what to pack; what to pack it in; how to pack; packing lists and what to do before you go and after you arrive to insure you're traveling as lightly as possible.
He has lots of advice ("the best souvenirs are friendships and photographs") and links to suppliers of clothes, luggage, books and travel resources.
His most important tips:
• Make a packing list (he tells you how) and cut it. Strive for mobility (a smart phone not a lap top), and bring only clothes that coordinate with each other.
• Don't fold. Bundle-wrap clothes to prevent wrinkles and save space. The site offers a tutorial.
* Use a good bag, one with multiple compartments. His favorite business bag is Red Oxx's Air Boss (21x13x8 inches) weighing 3 pounds. $225.00
Traveling lightly is a skill, Dyment says, that develops over time. Have a packing plan, he adds, "a goal without a plan is just a wish."
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