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The Ultimate Packing List and Tips

by Natalie Simpson |

Here at Scrubba we're put together the ultimate, and we mean ULTIMATE, packing list and tips with the help of a few of our favourite travel bloggers. We've covered everything from, a curated packing list, managing your money while travelling, how to pack efficiently, our favourite travel tech and accessories and a few helpful questions to ask yourself before, during and after your packing process. Hopefully we can make the dreaded task of packing a whole lot easier.


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The price you pay for packing too much

by Maylynn Bloom |

 
Ever feel like you're blowing out your travel budget before you even board the plane?
 
The hidden costs of traveling can catch us out if we're not careful and one of the most common cost surprises can be extra fees at the airline check-in counter before you even start your holiday.
 
In 2013, excess baggage fees cost travelers $3.35 billion, according to a report by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and it looks like 2014 saw travelers paying even more.  While the total revenue from airline baggage fees for 2014 has not yet been released, figures from the first three quarters indicate that airline baggage fee revenues for 2014 will likely exceed that for 2013 and the trend is not letting up.  The first 3 quarters of 2014 saw airlines rake in $2.65 billion, with the final figure for the last quarter yet to be confirmed.  Traditionally the final quarter's revenue exceeds any other quarter, which would put the total dollar intake for extra baggage in 2014 beyond the previous year's.
  

Know your airline's baggage guidelines

Not knowing your airline's baggage and fee policies ahead of time can see you hundreds of dollars out of pocket before you even check-in.  Most airlines have recently tightened weight and size restrictions on luggage and imposed heavy fees for bags that exceeds the limits.  Some airlines charge as much as $200 for extra baggage at the counter!  So best to check your fare's rules and regulations regarding luggage before heading to the airport.

For information on general baggage fees across major international airlines, click on Smarter Travel's ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AIRLINE FEES.

 

Don't blow your travel budget out before you even board.  Pack a Scrubba wash bag and reduce your overall luggage.  It only weights 145g (5oz) and folds up small enough to fit in your pocket.

 

 

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/delta-united-collect-most-baggage-fees-n138796

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/subject_areas/airline_information/baggage_fees/html/2014.html

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-airlines-made-335-billion-in-baggage-fees-in-13-2014-05-05

 http://www.smartertravel.com

Tags: carryon, clothes, clothing, light, pack, packing list, Scrubba, Scrubba bag, scrubba wash bag, wash

Airlines checking out on free check-ins

by Maylynn Bloom |

The trend towards increased baggage fees continues with U.S. airliner JetBlue canning free check-ins.

American airliner JetBlue has announced major changes to their previously lenient and flexible baggage rules in response to calls from shareholders to boost revenue.

The once consumer-oriented airline seems to have adopted a more commercial-based philosophy with increased baggage fees and reduced leg room due to extra seats being installed, enabling more passengers on-board per flight, which will inevitably result in tighter restrictions in carry-on luggage.                                  

Prior to new changes, the airline had gained increasing popularity for its customer service, offering free snacks, drinks, in-flight entertainment and generous baggage allowances, however new fee structures means no more freebees when it comes to checked luggage. As of 2015, JetBlue customers will have the option of choosing from one of 3 types of fares: budget, mid-range or premium. The budget fare will exclude any checked bags, allowing for carry-on luggage only while the mid-range fare covers a carry-on and 1 check-in and the premium fare buys 2 check-ins and some extra loyalty points. Just how much these fares will cost has not yet been released.

JetBlue has assured that passengers will still enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks and entertainment included in all fares.

JetBlue is one of the last of the American airlines to jump on board the trend towards increased baggage fees and other airlines are sure to follow. Virgin America and Frontier airlines reduced free perks and increased baggage pricing earlier this year.

Many major airlines in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East already have strict baggage allowance policies, including carry-on weight restrictions.

Want to avoid extra baggage? Pack a Scrubba wash bag. It’ll save you time and money. You won't have to pay for excess luggage and you'll get to walk straight through the arrival gates and out the door while other passengers hang around waiting for their extra baggage.



Sources for this article include:
https://time.com/money/3595360/jetblue-fees-legroom-hate
http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/11/19/coming-soon-on-jetblue-bag-fees-more-seats/19266701
http://www.smartertravel.com/blogs/today-in-travel

Tags: airline baggage, carryon, light, pack, packing list, Scrubba, Scrubba bag, scrubba wash bag, travel laundry, weight restrictions

Heavy restrictions on heavy packing

by Maylynn Bloom |

Airlines are pulling in the waist line on overweight carry-ons by introducing heavy restrictions on heavy packing.

 

Come November 25th, Jetstar Australia will drop it's carry-on luggage weight allowance to 7kg. This is a 30% reduction from Jetstar's previous allowance of 10kg, bringing the airline's cabin baggage weight regulations in line with it's domestic competitors Qantas and Virgin as well as several international airlines, including Air Asia, Air New Zealand, Comair, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and many others. Some airlines are even stricter, such as Sun-Air with a carry-on allowance of only 6kg.

Jetstar and Virgin Australia have also announced plans for enforcing new restrictions with baggage officers posted at departure gates specifically dedicated to monitoring luggage being carried to planes. Attempting to board with extra baggage might see travelers slumped with stiff fees upwards of $50 or more or see overweight hand luggage sent down the check-in belt and charged as checked bags.

 With feedback from many passengers being positive about the crack-down against excess cabin baggage, more airlines are sure to follow the trend in reduced baggage allowances. Comments from travelers on social media have supported the crack-downs, expressing discomfort and frustration when overloaders take up too much overhead and underfoot space.

To date, airlines in the United States have not applied such strict rules around cabin baggage allowances, however it's easy to get caught out when traveling internationally, as connecting flights in other countries may very well be one of the many other airlines enforcing tighter restrictions and travelers might find themselves paying unexpected fees.

In light of new restrictions, Jetstar has reduced its checked luggage fees to encourage travelers to check their extra weight in. So now travelers can expect to pay slightly less for each check-in bag, but might find they have to check more in due to reduced carry-on allowances. 

The best way to reduce your overall luggage is to pack fewer clothes and plan for a few laundry washes during your trip. So why not pack a Scrubba wash bag? It only weights 145g (5oz) and folds up small enough to fit in your pocket.

Click here for more practical tips on how to reduce your carry-on weight at the gate.

For information on general baggage fees across major international airlines, click on Smarter Travel's ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AIRLINE FEES.

 

Links to sources for this article include:

http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/tigerair-to-crack-down-on-oversize-cabin-baggage-20140911-10fo60.html

http://www.ausbt.com.au/jetstar-slashes-carry-on-baggage-allowance

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/jetstar-orders-weightloss-regime-for-carryon-baggage/story-e6frg95x-1227104003922

http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/10/jetstars-new-cabin-baggage-officers-to-start-on-oct-13/

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