Weighing your luggage before leaving the house will save you the stress of not knowing if your bags are too heavy and there are simple ways to do this. Purchase a luggage scale to easily figure out the weight of your bags. No problem if you don't want to invest in a special scale! Use a normal bathroom scale, checking the difference between your normal weight and your weight when holding luggage.
Method 1 of 2: Using a Bathroom Scale
Step 1. Place your scale in an open area
This will make it easier to weigh your luggage. Keep the scale away from walls and furniture to prevent luggage from leaning on something.
A good place to do this is the kitchen or any room with a good open space
Step 2. Measure and record your weight
After turning on the scale, step on it and wait for the numbers to appear. Write your weight down on a piece of paper so you don't forget. Step off the scale when finished.
- If you know more or less how much you weigh, use this number to check whether the scale is accurate or not.
- Writing down your weight is important as you will have to subtract it from the total weight later.
Step 3. Hold your luggage and step on the scale
Now you will weigh yourself holding your luggage. Keep all your weight in the center of the scale and note the final measurement as well.
Wait until the scale is zeroed before climbing on it again
Step 4. Subtract your weight from the final measurement
This will leave you with the full weight of your suitcase. Do the math in your head, on paper or using a calculator.
- For example, subtract 60 from 80 if you weigh 60 kg and the total weight when holding the bag was equal to 80 kg. The weight of your luggage will be 20 kg.
- Check the weight restrictions on the airline's website to make sure your baggage is within the allowable limits.
Step 5. Place luggage in the center of the scale if it is too heavy
Put a stool or something similar in the center of the scale if your bag is too big or heavy to hold. Zero the scale so that the weight of the seat does not appear or subtract it from the total value after placing your luggage on it.
Turn the bench upside down so that the seat rests on the scale and position the suitcase between or on the legs
Method 2 of 2: Weighing Your Bags with a Bag Scale
Step 1. Purchase a luggage scale to measure the weight of your bags
This is a great idea if you travel frequently and need to constantly weigh your bags. Luggage scales can be found online or at department stores. And you can choose from a wide variety, which even includes digital versions.
- Luggage scales are small and portable, making them easy to use on any trip.
- Most airports sell luggage scales.
Step 2. Zero the scale
Press the power button and wait for the numbers to reset to zero if your scale is digital. You can zero other scales by manually moving the hands to zero, just like on a watch.
- Make sure both hands are at zero if your scale is not digital.
- It should come with an instruction manual that you can check if necessary.
- Digital scales will need batteries before being used.
Step 3. Attach your suitcase to the scale
Different types of scales can come with a hook or a handle. To measure the weight, position your bag's handle in the center of the hook or attach it securely to the scale's handle.
Try to position your suitcase so that the weight is evenly distributed
Step 4. Lift the bag slowly using both hands for up to 10 seconds
The scale will register more weight than real if you lift it too quickly. Slowly lift the scales, trying to keep the suitcase as still as possible.
Using both hands will help distribute the weight evenly, allowing for more accurate measurement
Step 5. Look at the scale and check the weight of the bag
The scale will lock up once it reaches the right measurement if you are using a digital version. That is, the numbers will stop changing. On other scales, the hands will move to the number that indicates the weight of your bag.
- You may need to wait a little longer for a digital scale to accurately calculate your weight. Be patient and continue to hold your luggage, trying to move as little as possible.
- On normal scales, one of the hands will reset to zero as soon as the bag is released while the other will remain at the obtained number so you don't forget it.
- Check your airline's weight restrictions.
- You can also make arrangements to arrive at the airport earlier and weigh your luggage there, so you have time to move whatever you need to carry in your carry-on bag.
- Consider weighing your luggage for free at the post office.
- Keep in mind that if you add more stuff to your bag after you've measured your weight, the number won't be the same.