Updated: Jun 8
If you’ve ever spent a lot of time standing at a check-in desk, it’s probably because you’re arguing with the check-in agent over the weight of your bags. If you’re lucky, the agent will let you squeeze by with a few extra kilos. If not, you’ll be paying anywhere from $50-800 for extra baggage for adventure travel. That’s not something you want to have to pay for last-minute, especially if you’re running behind schedule. Make sure you use the following tips to ensure you don’t have to spend more on excess baggage than you did on your ticket!
Know Your Airline’s Baggage Rules
Some airlines have a piece system, while some just go by weight. Make sure you know the difference, and the fare rules for the ticket you’re on.
One of the best airlines for extra baggage allowance from Australia is China Southern, with two 23kg checked bags included with each standard ticket. This is extra helpful when you’re off to climb peaks in Nepal. Those ice axes are heavy!
Got Gold Status? Frequent flyer cards often give you extra baggage – check your status to see the rules. With Virgin’s Velocity, if you are a gold flyer, you get an extra 23kg kilos per traveller.
Pre-Book Your Oversized Baggage
If you know you’re going to be over your allowed baggage weight or piece limit, make sure you pre-book extra bags. It’s often up to 50% cheaper to book extra baggage online than it is to pay for it at the airport.
With Qantas, it will cost you a whopping $35 per kilogram if you try to pay at the airport!
Large duffle bags are the best for lots of equipment. 100L bags are plenty big enough for everything, but be aware that they will probably weigh too much if you fill them up with heavy gear.
Hard tubs just don’t work (see photos). We know from experience exactly how to pack gear for long expeditions so it arrives in the same condition it left in. If you need country or activity-specific advice, let us know.
Even more important than how much to pack is what to pack. Lay out your gear before you go so you know everything that is going in your bag.
Make sure you have the basics in your carry on in case of lost luggage:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Change of clothes
Phone charger or battery pack
Anything essential to your trip (Boots, visas, permits ect ect...)
DON’T Take on board:
Liquids over 100ml
With these tips, you shouldn’t have any issues with your baggage for adventure travel. If you have questions about your baggage allowance, contact your travel agent for more information.