United Airlines just announced that they are increasing checked baggage fees $5 per bag (will be $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second bag) if you pay the fee at the airport vs. online.
Either way, these additional fees add up. A family of four with just one checked bag could end up paying an additional $160 for checked luggage a round trip flight.
Traveling with kids — particularly young ones — involves a lot of “stuff” so this is frustrating news. Figuring out ways to pack light is now a matter of cost, not just convenience. I checked around the web to see what advice my family travel blog friends have to share on packing with kids.
Delicious Baby – Debbie’s information is the most extensive I found online. Her list includes packing checklists, as well as tips for traveling light.
SimpleMom – 13 tips for packing light. Two important ones here are to bring just enough diapers for the first few days and use the hotel’s crib or pack-and-play (properties featured on Ciao Bambino are required to provide this service). Even if there are fees associated with using them, it’s likely to be less than the $30-40 you’ll pay to check them on the flight.
TravelMuse – This article includes links to travel accessories that help organize and compress clothing, i.e. maximize the space you do have.
Cookie Magazine – Yolanda Edwards, the Travel Editor for Cookie Magazine, did a post about a Pack Me check list on Going Places. It looks like a good tool to ensure you cover all the bases, and then pare excess items down accordingly.
I dread packing for trips and I’m a notorious over-packer, with and without kids. Time for a packing remodel …