Decades ago, riding the rails around Europe with a Eurailpass was the preferred way to get from country to country, especially for the college backpacking Euro Trip crowd. These days, flying is the way to go; with European budget airlines like Ryanair and easyJet, jetsetting between countries is a lot faster and less expensive than sitting on a train for hours.
However, there is a catch: strict baggage restrictions. There’s no “one-bag and one personal item” policy; it really is one item only. Some airlines have strict weight limits, while others have a restriction based on a bag’s size. Also, your bag’s ability to be declared a carry-on might be based on what kind of mood a gate attendant is in. On a recent flight from Geneva to London, I myself was faced with a rather surly airline employee at the gate, who forced me to pay a hefty baggage fee on the spot — even though my one piece of carry-on luggage fit within the nearby cage which determines if a bag must be checked in for a fee or not. His excuse: “But you forced it in there.” I explained to him that my extra compartment got caught on the rim when I put it in the cage, but he refused to let it slide — even though right before our eyes, my bag was definitely inside with room to spare. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy my flight.
However, now you can try to avoid arguments about baggage fees at the gate. Thanks to the folks at JAKTOGO, you can wear your luggage. There’s nothing in airline policy about what you are allowed to wear (other than you should probably have clothes on), and JAKTOGO’s products make it easy to carry all your belongings with a loophole. The basic coat has specially-positioned compartments that can easily fit: 3 dress shirts, 3 pairs of pants, 3 t-shirts, 3 boxer shorts, 3 pairs of socks, a hoodie, and a towel — everything you need to jetset over a weekend.
As the guy in the testimonial video below argues to a gate attendant, “People put things in their pocket, you know.”
JAKTOGO makes a poncho and dress as well, and they all come in a denim or leather option. Take that, surly airline employees!