There are few travel annoyances more avoidable than paying an overcharge for luggage that’s too heavy. If the charge for overweight luggage is $50 each way, that’s $100. So pack smart and keep from paying heavy-luggage fees. First, pack a smaller bag than you think you’ll need. If you choose a smaller bag, you also have to choose more carefully which items you’ll actually pack. Pack the lightest option. If you know you’ll need a jacket when you get to your destination, do you pack the full-length all-weather coat or the fleece jacket that’s maybe not so stylish, but is warm and weighs just ounces? Pack the jacket and wear the coat on the plane. Pack things you can throw away on a long trip (an old nightgown, a sweateryou hate). Put some of the heavier things in your carry-on (books, a camera). Have extra room in your bag? If you packed efficiently and still have room, blow up one of those portable pillows to fill the space. The pillow keeps things from shifting and getting wrinkled but doesn’t weigh anything. If your bag is underweight when you leave home, you have room for souvenirs and other purchases you may want to bring back. Shoes can weigh more than just about anything else in your bag. Keep them to a minimum. Pack some slipper socks (or regular socks) instead of slippers. For the full story on this topic, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.