The Best Luggage Scales, According to Travel Experts

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Why We Love It: The extremely popular Etekcity scale has an automatic tare function, can give readings while in motion, and includes a thermometer.

What To Consider: It doesn’t have a backlight, which makes it harder to read the display.

Other frequent travelers recommend Etekcity’s digital luggage scale, a lightweight but extremely handy option loaded with functions. The scale was designed with durability in mind but weighs in at just under 5 ounces, so packing it won’t tip you over the edge of the weight max. If your luggage needs to be climate-controlled, it also includes a thermometer to keep you on track.

“When it comes to maintaining a luggage weight within the allowance, I am an absolute dictator,” says Becky Moore, founder of Global Grasshopper. “There is nothing worse than overpacking and being faced with surcharges. Especially after the painstaking process of finding great deals on flights!” According to Moore, the Etekcity can give accurate readings even when on a moving surface, and she appreciates its automatic shutdown feature to save battery life, although the lithium battery can power up to 500 uses before needing to be replaced. Shawn Richards, Expedition Coordinator at Ultimate Kilimanjaro, adds that he uses the Etekcity for its easy-to-read display, accuracy, and ability to weigh packages and gear as well as luggage.

Units: Pounds or kilograms | Graduation: 0.1 pounds  | Capacity: 110 pounds

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