That tropical getaway is enticing you like the ukulele-strumming, hula-dancing bobblehead atop your file cabinet. And that mini plastic palm tree glued to the top of the water cooler oasis is a reminder you need a spring break vacation, complete with beach bars run on island time.
But this week, some of the major airlines have launched new rules for their lowest fares restricting use of overhead bin storage. That means you have to pack smarter than ever or prepare to pay up. We have unique gifts to help you save money and travel like a pro so you can be on the beach in your stylish maillot de bain and not in sweat pants, awaiting way-laid luggage.
This rolling leather carry-on is designed to fit under an airline seat, while maximizing packable space. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the bag is made from full-grain cowhide that provides rugged yet soft durability. Side pockets keep reading material handy, while a front pocket keeps your laptop or tablet ready for easy onboard deployment. The bag unzips to reveal a spacious 13″-wide main compartment with a solid fabric wall built across its lower third to keep folded garments tidy.
If you’re checking luggage, be mindful of the 50-lb. weight limit most domestic airlines impose to avoid yet another fee. We have a couple of suggestions to help you meet the limit. First is this 26″ hard shell suitcase with an integrated digital scale. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it displays its own weight in seconds when lifted by the scale-integrated handle. Constructed of durable thermoplastic polymer (ABS) with an exterior layer of polycarbonate, the suitcase withstands the bumps of baggage claim and the bruises of cargo storage.
Easily weigh any suitcase with this portable digital scale. The device’s strap clips securely around luggage handles and its large LCD panel accurately displays the weight while a hold function locks in the reading. The scale’s ergonomic shape makes it easy to grasp with one or both hands and it’s compact enough to take along so you can test the weight of your luggage on the return trip – bearing all the souvenirs and unique gifts you bought for friends and family back home.
Experts claim the sweet spot for finding the lowest airfares is about seven weeks out on a Tuesday afternoon. With planning and patience – and the right luggage – you’ll save on airfare and have more to spend on fun at that beach bar.