Whenever my husband I go to France we usually take four suitcases, two each. It is not that I am taking a million outfits or ten pairs of shoes, in fact on the way over to Europe the suitcases are nearly empty.
We bring them for the stuff we want to bring back: food, DVDs, books, clothes, did I mention food? Believe me, there is a ton of mental calculation that takes place to ensure that we can (a) get it all in and (b) we won't be overweight.
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And that's where our handy-dandy scale comes in!
Instead of playing the guessing game, a couple of years ago I bought a scale. I have had peace of mind ever since. Now as we shop our way through Paris or any other place we visit, I can tell day-by-day, hour-by-hour how close we are to the limit.
There are many versions of these scales out there. There are electronic ones, but my preference is a manual one (like the one I have from Travelon). It's cheaper and I don't have to worry about batteries running out or any other electronic snafu.
You don't have to be an international traveler to need one of these and I highly recommend that everyone has one. It is small, slips into the side of your suitcase and weighs nothing