As backpackers, there’s an issue that most of us suffer from – a weight problem.
I’m not talking body weight either, although if you’re like me, extra luggage isn’t the only addition that I find myself bringing home.
I’m talking about that feeling when you arrive at an airport, hand over your passport to check in for your flight then hold your breath as you haul your heavy bag onto the scale and pray that it’s underweight, before having to plead with the check-in staff that you’re just a backpacker, as you hand over the equivalent of a week’s accommodation in over-weight fees.
That’s not to mention those of us who enjoy collecting a few souvenirs along the way, a hammock from Nicaragua, a bottle of tequila from Mexico, and a few more shot glasses to add to your collection.
Or maybe you’ve booked an internal flight from Sydney to the Red Centre to realise that the weigh allowance is only 10kg, and have no idea how much weight that actually is.
But before you start throwing away bottles of sunscreen or oversized shampoo bottles, that’s where Weighitz comes in.
Lighter than the hanging scales which usually weigh more than half your toiletries combined, Weighitz are nifty little scales which weigh less than 3lbs and can weigh practically anything from your backpack to you.
These colourful miniature scales are small enough to fit inside your daypack, and the best thing about these scales are that they are wireless.
The readings from each scale are sent to a smartphone application via Bluetooth which combines the weights and gives you the correct weight reading.
You can even use it to measure calories and track your diet if you’re not one of those fortunate people who lose weight when they travel.
So if you’ve only got one week left before your return flight home and have overindulged on too many calzones in Italy or sampling the local food a bit too much for the waistline, then you can measure your BMI and start tracking your weight as you begin your fast diet plan to get back into shape so that you can arrive weighing less than you did when you left.
The app even recommends recipes which is perfect for those of us who can’t cook more than the standard pasta dish on our travels.
It converts measurements from ounces to cups so the next time you decide to get all Gordon Ramsay in a hostel kitchen, you don’t have to tear the kitchen apart to realise that there are no scales.
You’ll be able to weigh all your ingredients and dazzle your fellow travellers with the perfect pasta dish. Pancakes for breakfast anyone?
This story was brought to you in partnership with Weighitz.