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Fed up with carry-on charges? This jacket lets you wear your luggage instead

Sep. 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM ET

Jacket Suitcase Lets You Avoid Carry-On Fees
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This Jacket Suitcase Lets You Avoid Carry-On Fees

When airlines first started charging for checked suitcases, travelers were forced to figure out how to cram a week’s worth of clothes into a single carry-on bag. And now, as carriers such as Frontier, Spirit and Allegiant begin making passengers pony-up for carry-ons, too, some travelers are getting creative to beat the system.

Enter the Jaktogo, a suitcase-jacket hybrid with stealthy pockets that, according to its manufacturer, are big enough to fit three shirts, three pairs of pants, three boxers, three T-shirts, three pairs of socks, a hooded sweatshirt, a laptop, shoes and a large towel. (Do people really pack large towels?)

At any rate, it holds up to 22 pounds, can be folded into a bag or worn like a coat and rings up at $109.99. There’s also a “lady version,” called the Dresstogo, that hides six pockets under a balloon skirt and sells for $93.99. You wouldn’t want to wear it out on a first date, but wearing it on your trip will save you money for cocktails once you reach your destination!

Dislike sleeves? You might prefer the Ponchotogo, $93.99, which is ideal, the company says, for travel to “warm climate destinations.” Denim and leather styles run between $240 and $320.

True, carry-on bag fees generally hover around $25, but if you’re a frequent traveler—and don’t care how you look, like, at all—this may be your next luggage splurge. Just please take pictures. Your Facebook friends insist.

Lesley Kennedy writes for ShopAtHome.com. Follow ShopAtHome on Twitter @shopathome and Lesley on Google+.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.

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