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Q | To avoid fees while traveling through Europe what is a good amount of luggage to carry?

I am traveling from Australia to Rome to Brussels and back the same way. What do you suggest is a safe amount of luggage to carry and a safe weight limit to avoid fees? -Barry, Australia

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Karina Baigrie - Four Dots on the Map   

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G’day Barry from a fellow Aussie traveller. We have been traveling around the world for nearly eight months now and flown numerous times. My advice if you are traveling solo is to take one carry on and one medium-sized bag to check in.  A backpack is very handy and easier to get around if you are up to carrying one, otherwise
choose a bag with wheels. Either way aim for no more than 15 kilos of luggage for a trip of that length.  If you are arriving in winter then wear as many of your winter clothes on your person and your heaviest shoes to reduce the weight of your bags.

Keep your carry-on bag to a small backpack that you can use as a day pack as well. Carry all your important gadgets and documents  as a change of underwear and your toothbrush in case your luggage goes astray!

Check on your airline’s website to read their baggage policies and if you stick to what they say you can’t go wrong. Also, for long-distance flights, consider investing in a good eye mask and ear plugs to get some sleep.

Since you are away long enough that you will need to do laundry, you may want to consider taking a few washing machine tablets or a laundry soap so that you can do your own wash. Even washing some underwear in the sink in your hotel will save you money rather than getting everything laundered. Some apartment-style hotels will have a guest laundry; we had a nice place in Nuremberg, Germany with a reasonable priced self-service laundry. Look out for those extra facilities when you book accommodation; it will save you time and money in the long run.

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