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    LONDON, UK (CBS) -- Ever thought an item of clothing could save you money? The Rufus Roo travel jacket might do just that.

    Like a kangaroo, the Rufus Roo has big pouches which travelers can stuff with clothes, toiletries, books and even a laptop before wearing the jacket and boarding a plane.

    Adrian Oates is the co-founder of Rufus Roo. He says, "It's airports, it's trains, it's wherever you need to go and carry stuff and it just so happens that at airports, people are being expected to pay obnoxious fees for extra things and we think well hey, if you can carry it on your person, they're not going to charge you."

    Adrian says the jacket can comfortably carry around 10 kilograms, and he hasn't any problems from airlines when wearing it to fly. He says, "Even if you've got 10 kilos, you don't always have to carry it. We tend to fill the pockets and just use the arm holes as a shoulder bag. You just use it like that."

    Extra baggage on budget airlines can be very expensive.

    It costs between $25 and $35 to check in one pre-booked bag, with a weight limit, on a Ryanair flight, between $9 and $14 on an EasyJet plane and $13 to check a bag in with Flybe.

    But Ryanair points out their free 10 kilogram carry-on allowance allows passengers to take a week's worth of clothes with them anyway.

    So would travelers heading on holiday from London's Luton airport wear the Rufus Roo?

    Slawka Pfantsch says, "I think it's quite good." Another traveler Alan Michette says, "It does look a bit bulky." Naomi Scott says, "I reckon I'd do it. I'd wear it, I do everything for our travel." Oliver Stanton says, "No, I think things can go in bags, and that's it."

    Rufus Roo says they're now selling 1,000 jackets a week.

    They've increased production at the factory in China and may soon look for more distributors.

    The jacket comes in sizes for children and adults.

    It might not be the most stylish item of clothing in your wardrobe, but many travelers say looking lumpy is a small price to pay for saving money.

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