Avoiding check-in baggage fees. Why not wear them all?

At the end of last year, a piece of travel news that made it around the world was the story of a Chinese man who wore 70 items of his clothing just to avoid the check-in baggage fees due to excessive baggage. He would have gotten away with it too – if he had not additionally stuffed his pockets with batteries and USBs and other electronics that set off the metal detector. You can read the rest of the story here – Chinese man wears 70 items of clothing to escape excess baggage fee

man-wears-70-items-of-clothing-at-airport-to-avoid-baggage-charge-1355770641-8673(What? what do you mean I have too much on?)

I get it though. Excess baggage fees can be ridiculously high. And airlines are now enforcing stricter weight limits on both your carry-on and your check-in bags. So what would you do if you find yourself with a little extra things in your bag?

Enter, the Luggage Jackets. There are companies out there who have actually designed jackets with pockets that would make Doraemon green with envy. It looks like you could easily stuff in a few kilograms of extra clothes in there! and sit down semi comfortably. I think.

Now because this is a website focusing on travel, fashion and glamourous travelling, I simple could not bring myself to

a) buy

b) own

c) review on my own these jackets

But I have to say the reviews and product testing on these jackets were pretty amazing. I’ve included an excerpt from an awesome product review done by Skyscanner here.

Jaktogo

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The Jaktogo is designed to be used in bag form for most of its life, then converted to a jacket to pass through check-in and boarding – thus saving you money.

Capacity: 5/5
The Jaktogo has several massive pockets, and had the biggest capacity in our test. You could probably get a week’s worth of gear in here or more.

Style Factor: 2/5
It’s big, bulky, has no shape, and there are straps dangling off it; you won’t be winning the ‘best dressed at the airport’ award wearing this. For the ladies there is the ‘Dresstogo’, which looks not unlike a large bin bag and didn’t impress our female tester. However, the Jaktogo does also come in leather and denim versions which look marginally more stylish (but are about twice the price).

Rufus Roo

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Capacity: 4/5
The Rufus Roo has four large, deep pockets, and two smaller ones, which were enough to get a Scotsman’s entire wedding gear inside, including kilt and shoes, and the Roo’s pouches can easily handle a weekend’s worth of clothes, plus a laptop, books and toiletries. The makers recommend you carry no more than 10kg in it – which is plenty

Style Factor: 2/5
To get the most out of the Rufus Roo, the makers recommend buying a large size. The baggy fit certainly allows you to bulk it out with your belongings, but the oversized, loose-fitting waistcoat isn’t exactly the hottest look on the catwalk.

For more product reviews, and details on product review for the Rufus Roo and Jaktogo, please check out Best Wearable Jacket Review

As well as this hilarious product test write up through Gatwick Airport – Does my baggage look big in this?

My advice, let’s stick to smart Glamourous Travelling shall we? We all know it’s possible to look good without carrying your entire wardrobe with you.

What do you think? Would you ever test this out?

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