When you reach the check-in counter of a one-way trip or that of a new relationship with excess baggage, the result is never pleasant: pay a hefty fine or painfully unload one item after the other.

Rather than making it all the way to the counter with excess, a better approach would be to take inventory before time of the things in your bag that do not belong.

Deal with the baggage from your previous trips and relationships that have no place where you’re going, lest you be forced to pay a hefty fine later or hurt someone else in the process of unloading.