JUST IN CASE
Daan Dijkstra who works as ‘pack master’ at adventure shop Kathmandu says travellers constantly go over the luggage limit for no reason
THE scales at airport check-in are a heart-stopping moment for many travellers, when they discover that their over-the-limit luggage is going to cost them an arm and a leg in extra fees.
But according to one packing guru, there is a savvy way to avoid that problem.
Daan Dijkstra calls himself a “gear freak” and holds the impressive job title of “pack master” at adventure product company, Kathmandu, so it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about packing.
The New Zealander revealed that countless travellers are constantly going over their luggage limit simply because they have a heavy case.
Daan told Escape: “For me carry on is the ideal way of travel as you don’t have to worry about checking in or losing your luggage but weight is the challenge for sure.
“But my biggest tip is to look at the overall weight of the luggage itself.
“I mean people will cut off half their toothbrush to shave a gram off but overall the bag they’re taking is actually a really heavy bag.
“You need to remember that the bag weight is included in the 7kg (15lbs) and often people choose bags that already weigh 2-3kg (4-6lbs).”
Although Dan has worked for more than 20 years in the industry, even he still has things to learn when it comes to packing.
He revealed that a recent tip from a friend has transformed how he travels.
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He said: “Use packing cells. I can’t believe I ever travelled without them.
“You can divvy everything up into organised blocks, even if you’re not an organised person, the reality is that you do need to be a little bit organised when you travel.
“By just using four packing cells things are easier to find, you can separate clean clothes from dirty, dry from wet and they’re super light weight.”