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Extreme packing beats baggage fees

How long this will last, nobody knows…but people want to know how to beat extra baggage fees…and they want to know what the best travel vest or travel jacket is to help them do that.

In the spirit of my travel vest reviews, I’ll tell you about this new approach to avoiding baggage fees, and which of the products on the market today, I think is the best travel vest for the job.

In a June 2012 article, the Seattle Times wrote about this extreme travel trend.

Basically, because you are not weighed when you get on the plane, anything you wear is not considered extra luggage–even though you could pack 30 pounds of gear in your pockets–you’d still avoid an extra baggage fees.

This is good news to the savvy traveler out there, because at the time of writing this, the airlines have yet to start weighing passengers. So, you can still wear your gear on you, take off your travel vest or jacket when you go through security, put it back on, and off you go.

I use this method to avoid checking a bag for short trips, and for trips that are casual.

If I don’t need a suit or sport coat, I’ll wear my preferred travel vest (which happens to be the Scottevest) and then will have one carry one bag, plus my computer.

What do I put into my vest?

  • All my documents
  • Tickets
  • License and passport (if needed)
  • Phone, iPod, iPad
  • Headset
  • Wallets
  • Digital camera if I am using one
  • Book to read
  • Journal or pad of paper, with pen
  • Sunglasses

That’s just a short list. Funny how having these items in your vest really opens up extra space in your carry on bag. It works great for me, even though I am not stuffed to the gills with extra gear in my pockets–but I could be.

Will this “extreme packing” trend continue. I predict: yes.

If airlines continue to jack up prices on extra bag fees, and luggage fees, then I think people are going to get creative about how they get their gear on board.

So, if you want to minimize your carry on bags, and want a practical travel vest for keeping you organized on the go, then I’d suggest the Scottevest. The Magellan and VOMP, also on the travel vest reviews here, do not carry what the Scottevest can manage.

Plus, the Scottevest actually looks good when you are not “packing” gear. I’m not one for looking like a fisherman all the time, so I have found the right vest for me.

Let me know if you are extreme packing these days, and what kind of tricks you use to avoid baggage fees.

Maybe you think you know the best travel vest to use, or have your own travel vest you’d like to review?

Go ahead and tell me all about it below.

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