Say adios to excess baggage costs with fashion site's new weigh before you buy function (and if all else fails they offer a featherweight sarong that ties seven ways)
This year 27% of UK travellers will exceed baggage limits
Excess baggage charges will total 1million PER DAY during peak season
The average holidaymaker packs 3.5kg too much resulting in a charge of 48
Shopping site style-passport.com has weighed over 700 items, including suitcases, sunglasses and swimsuits
13:01 GMT, 17 July 2012
It is not a very glamorous way to start your holiday, but repacking a suitcase at the airport check-in desk has become a depressingly common part of the getaway routine for most of us.
Increasingly complicated baggage rules are confusing travellers (27 per cent of us will exceed baggage limits this summer) and leading to hefty charges that are sometimes pricier than the original flights.
Now one travel specialist shopping site wants to banish rip-off excess baggage for good by introducing a weigh before you buy function on everything it sells from suitcases to sunglasses.
Style savvy: The fashion site wants to help shoppers avoid excess baggage charges this summer
Style-Passport.com is a luxury fashion and beauty brand specialising in everything travel.
Run by a group of ex-glossy magazine
editors, the site sells a mix of designer, boutique and high end high
street buys covering every aspect of holiday style including beach
holidays, city breaks, staycations, festival weekends and even spa
breaks (harem pants and killer pool wear of course).
Following feedback from fashion-mad
customers who were spending more on excess baggage fees than their
holiday wardrobes founder Sarah Walter recently introduced the weighing
function across every product on the site.
Weigh-in: Shoppers can check the weight of their 'suitcase' before they check out
For frequent fliers needing a stylish
carry-on a Missoni hold-all weighs in at 1.8kg while the carry-on
trolley is over a kilo heavier at 2.9kg.
This could mean difference between
dressing to impress or leaving those all important killer heels behind
(a pair of jungle print Opening Ceremony wedges weigh 1kg exactly).
Sarah says: 'Far too often we are all
caught out at the airport with extra fees because of excess charges and
we are trying to make sure this is a thing of the past.
'We want to make it easier and
cheaper for people to be able to go away and enjoy a well earned rest.
It seems that these are avoidable charges and we are trying to make sure
they remain avoidable by doing the homework for our customers.
'Whatever you need for your holiday is on the site with its weight clearly displayed to make
sure you are absolutely clear about how much you are carrying.'
Know your limits: Online luggage allowance chart compares all major airlines
Still struggling with your weight …
How about a multi-tasking sarong (whose cost-per-wear is less than a cocktail)
One of the site's best-selling products is the 79 Indonesian Silk Sarong. Weighing just 0.12kg this clever piece of silk can be worn at least seven ways, giving you a different style every day for a week including the ‘Beach Bum’ (worn as a maxi skirt tied low around the waist), ‘Cocktail Hour Curves’ (tied as a halter neck and finished with a metallic evening belt) and ‘Balcony Book Worm’ (worn as a strapless bandeau dress finished with a frill).
Visit style-passport.com for more information
How will you wear yours: The multi-tasking, best-selling, hard-working 79 Indonesian silk sarong