Most Unusual Solution to Baggage Fees Yet

From time to time, FareCompare notes with approval the many ways clever travelers save on bag fees. Passengers who stuff coat pockets with underwear, for example, or the uber-ambitious fellow who wore his entire wardrobe of 60 shirts and 9 pairs of pants. Now a new method has come to our attention: Wearable luggage.

How to cram everything in a single carry-on

Wearable Luggage

According to a Europe-based company called Jaktogo, “Only fools pay for extra luggage” and naturally they have the solution which is wearable luggage. As you can see from the photo, no fashion designers were harmed – let alone used – in the creation of this clothing:

Creative Engineering

However, an engineer was involved and came up with several luggage looks, all of which appear to convert from a conventional bag to a poncho, dress or coat. All styles include numerous pockets and other compartments to hold your stuff and there’s even a video on the site to show you how to pack these things.

The bag fee chart

Bag Fees Can Be Expensive

A first checked-bag on most U.S. airlines costs $50 round-trip while even slightly overweight bags can add hundreds in fees. Low-cost European carriers such as Ryanair can be even higher. So while wearable luggage can be an interesting conversational ice-breaker on a plane, a one-time investment in an outfit-as-luggage can foil fees and save money. If you dare.

Jaktogo products range in price from under $100 to up to $350 or more depending on materials and your sense of style (or lack of same). Our question for readers: Would you mind looking like an idiot to save a few bucks – or quite a few bucks?

Images from Jaktogo.com

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Published: September 18, 2013