How much should you pack?

Brian Athey

When flying to Buenos Aires, it’s important to contemplate what to pack and plan ahead.  Do you really need extra pair of sandals or that fun floppy hat you only wear while drinking whiskey?  Do I have space for bringing gifts back, and if so, how much will those gifts weight?  The consequences of not knowing this information could have trip-changing repercussions.  Imagine spending all but $35 dollars, arriving at the airport ready to return home, and then being told your luggage exceeds the airlines limit!  Bam!, next thing you know you’re washing dishes at the EZE airport (a bit drastic but you get the point).

1.  Luggage: most airlines from the states will allow check-bag free.  The second bag varies between airlines

http://www.airfrance.com/indexCOM.html

AIR FRANCE                        Weight Limit:  23 kg. (50 lbs)            2nd Bag cost:  U$S 50

http://www.ana.co.jp/wws/us/eng/int/others/information/main_c_fr.html

ANA                                     Weight Limit:  23 kg. (50 lbs)            2nd Bag cost:  free (2lim)

http://www.aa.com/international/internationalSplashAccess.do?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=espanol

American            Weight Limit:  23 kg (50 lbs)             1st bag cost: U$S 25                                                                                                                         2nd bag cost:  U$S 35                                                                                                                         3rd-5th bag cost:  U$S 100                                                                                                              6th bag cost:  U$S 200

http://www.united.com/page/middlepage/1,,52070,00.html?navSource=Dropdown07&linkTitle=travelrequirements

UNITED AIRLINES            Weight Limit:  23 kg. (50 lbs)            1st bag cost: U$S 25                                                                                                                          2nd bag cost:  U$S 35

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT:  U$S 125 fee for bags exceeding the weight limit!!!  (remember-no washing of dishes!!)

http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/baggage/index.jsp

DELTA                                    Weight Limit:  23 kg. (50 lbs)            1st bag cost: U$S 25                                                                                                                          2nd bag cost:  U$S 50 (international flights)

http://www.tam.com.br/b2c/vgn/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=97981ed526b72210VgnVCM1000003752070aRCRD

TAM                                    Weight Limit:  23 kg. (50 lbs)            1st bag cost: free                                                                                                                          2nd bag cost:  U$S depends on the country

http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/index.html

AIR CANADA                        Weight Limit:  23 kg. (50 lbs)            1st bag cost: free

2. Liquids: its important to remember that liquids should be kept under 3 oz (90 ml) and this applies internationally.  These items must all fit in a 1 quart sized clear cellophane bag-which, you will have to prove to security is really hand lotion or a 2 in 1 conditioner.

3.  Need vs. Want:  Remember to be honest with yourself about what you’re really going to need.  And also, don’t be afraid to try something new.  Maybe instead of bringing soap you can buy “jabon Guereño” at a supermercado.  Best of luck and safe travels!


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