A holiday or vacation is supposed to be one of the most relaxing times of your year. You’ve saved up, you’ve got excited, and you can’t wait to have a week or two off work, sit on the beach, explore new destinations and be stress-free. But if you’re one of the unlucky ones, your vacation may be cut short when your luggage gets lost in the airport, on your flight, or lands up in another country. And that definitely is not stress-free.
Make sure your bag is properly tagged
When the bag leaves your hands and makes its way down the conveyor belt, its route is completely out of your hands (quite literally), and you can’t personally get it back to yourself – unless you fancy seeing the insides of an airport basement. However, you do have a say on whether it makes its way back to you if it’s properly tagged. Grab yourself a simple luggage tag and write your name, contact number and address on it, so you can be located when your luggage is found. If you want to be really high-tech, you can buy GPS luggage tags that you can control through your phone, meaning you can track your luggage at all times.
It may sound silly, but the time you check-in to your flight can affect your chances of your luggage getting lost, or traveling safely with you. If you check-in early, your bags have more time to travel the loading bay and find their way to the plane. However, if you check-in later, they have less time to make their way to the plane and it may be too late. Giving yourself and your bag more time also allows for any mistakes to be reconciled.
Streamline your luggage
Nowadays, airports are so technically advanced that they rarely ever come into contact with airport workers. Instead, they travel the baggage ways and the routes through scanners, conveyor belts, and drops. This leaves more chance for blockages and mistakes which can be caused by loose edges, straps or tags that could get caught in the belt and hold up your luggage. To stop this, you need to streamline your luggage and tuck in any loose ends that could get caught.
Avoid tight connections
If you’re traveling long-distance, you may need to stop over or connect at a different airport before you make your way onto the second leg of your journey. However, these windows are normally very tight, and you have just a short amount of time to get your luggage from your first flight and check it into your next flight. As we’ve already mentioned, you need to check in your luggage as soon as you can to avoid any delays or lateness – and you need to do the same with your connecting flight. Try to avoid a tight connection and allow yourself enough time to comfortably make it from one flight to another.
Ensure your bag stands out
When you get off your flight, everyone rushes off the plane and into baggage claim in haste. Because of this, mistaken luggage identity can occur. As people are in such a rush, they pick up a suitcase that looks just like theirs but doesn’t check it to make sure. To combat this, you need to make your luggage stand out against the rest, so it doesn’t get confused with anyone else’s. This could be adding a colored strap, buying a brightly colored suitcase or having a distinct luggage tag.