This Super Lightweight Luggage Scale Will Make Flying a Breeze

A digital luggage scale
A digital hanging luggage scale by Etekcity. Etekcity

Why you don’t have this yet: You didn’t realize there was such a simple way to avoid those nail-biting moments eyeing the scale at check-in.

Why you want this: As flying becomes more and more expensive with fewer and fewer amenities, there is no greater indignity than being hit with a $50 fee because your luggage is a pound or two overweight. While there are some household hacks (like weighing yourself while holding your suitcase) for under $10, you can spare yourself the hassle and mental math.

What the experts say: Jada Wong at Business Insider writes that she bought the Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale in preparation for a long trip to Australia: “It saved me from having to pay $80 in overweight baggage fees on that trip alone, and three years later, it’s done the same when I went to Greece, Iceland, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, the Maldives, and more.”

Wong adds that the negligible weight of the scale (under 5 ounces) means that you can bring it on your trip and ensure that your baggage doesn’t become overweight with added souvenirs.

What the people say: It possesses useful features. (“Researched a few options and am really satisfied with the purchase. The option to weigh in metric or standard is great for ensuring that I am within the standards for any carrier or location. … The way that you attach the luggage is easy to use and allows for flexibility. Other models with a metal hook can get awkward on some suitcases.”)

It weighs accurately. (“Considering the price I wondered if this would work—but it does work simply and correctly, and the airline weights for my luggage were within 1 lb of what this little scale said.”)

The Etekcity Digital Luggage Scale is now $8, or 24 percent off the regular price.