2. Pack Light
Did you know that airlines generated $3.5 billion in checked baggage fees in 2015? In the old days, planes used to include this in their ticket price and let you bring lots of luggage when you flew. Unfortunately, as most travelers know, these days there’s a hard limit on how many bags you can check when you’re flying. No matter how long you’ll be gone, you typically only get one, if you’re lucky. After that, there can be a steep additional charge for every suitcase. What’s more, if your first suitcase is heavy, you might get charged for that extra weight, too. Actually, more and more airlines are charging even for one checked bag, and some even charge for carry-ons. It’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing rules, so consumers have to watch out for this and almost expect some sort of extra luggage charge on top of their ticket price. It’s best to pack light these days and bring only the bare essentials.