The £9 holiday essential which could save you hundreds at the check-in desk

Avoid additional bag charges with this handy little gadget

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(Image credit: Amazon)

It's that time of year where lots of us are looking forward to our summer holidays - and at the same time  doing everything possible to make the travel part as easy and affordable as possible. 

Aside from finding the best luggage deals, there are lots of ways to ensure keeping travel costs down. But one of the best essentials we've found for saving hundreds, is this £9 digital luggage weighing scale at Amazon. The nifty little device takes up little space, and makes it super easy to check your lugagge weight before arriving at the check-in desk (to lots of extra baggage charges). 

For woman&home's ecommerce content director Lindsey Davis it's an essential item. "Overpacking paranoia hits me before both out and inbound flights, so I picked the PJP Digital Luggage Scale up before my trip to Lake Garda last year and have taken it on every trip since. It takes up just a few inches of hand luggage space and makes sure I don't overstuff my case with souvenirs (read: wine).

"It is really easy to use – one button to switch on/off and change units of weight – and you simply loop it round your bag and lift to weigh."

Something else to help avoid any extra charges is knowing the size of the baggage the airline you're flying with allows. Easyjet cabin bag sizes and most other low-cost airlines have strict limits, which will be checked before boarding, so it's definitely worth ensuring your bags adhere to the guidelines to avoid any surprises at the airport. I found two brilliant easyjet and Ryan cabin bags, both tried and tested, for under £25.

For more savings, these are the (under £40) travel essentials I never go on holiday without, and some more picks below to make life that little easier (and cheaper). 

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.