How to Prevent Lost Luggage

We know you’re about to embark on holiday trips this month, so read up, take note, and never miss your luggage again! Pick a unique luggage Something neutral will always be a beautiful classic, but because it looks like every other luggage on the carousel, it’s going to be difficult to locate it. Pick something […]

  • November 13, 2019

We know you’re about to embark on holiday trips this month, so read up, take note, and never miss your luggage again!

Pick a unique luggage

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Something neutral will always be a beautiful classic, but because it looks like every other luggage on the carousel, it’s going to be difficult to locate it. Pick something in a bright color like pink or green; or if you can also pick something with a catchy print or unique style.

Choose a direct, non-stop flight or a flight with a long layover

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Delayed or lost luggage often occur due to luggage transfer problems. By booking a direct, non-stop flight, there’s less chances of the airline mishandling your luggage. If you have no choice but to book connecting flights, make sure you have a long layover so you have enough time for both you and your luggage to make it on time for your next flight.

Book a dependable airline

Sure, you need to book that promo fare right this instant. But have you checked their records? Do their flights leave on time, so you and your luggage can get to your connecting flight? Do they offer travel insurance, should they mishandle your luggage?

Take photos or take notes of what you packed

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For the worst case scenario of missing your luggage, having a list or even better, a photo, will help the airline locate your misplaced luggage.

Remove old airline or security tags

Old tags point to a different destination which might confuse the airline staff. Make sure there is only one tag attached on your luggage, and that should be the newest one. Once it’s attached, double check if the agent attached the right luggage tag.

Put ID tags on your luggage

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Most travelers attach an ID tag outside their luggage. To cover all bases, place one inside your luggage, along with your contact details, travel itinerary and information such as your hotel and their contact details. If your outside ID tag gets broken off and your luggage goes missing, there’s extra info left inside the luggage so the airline can identify it and send it your way.

Protect your luggage

There are two ways to do this: by getting luggage straps or by using a luggage cover. These items will also make it easier to identify them on the baggage carousel.

Check your luggage at the right time

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Follow the recommended time frame to check your luggage. Your assigned check-in counter should be open three hours before an international flight and two hours before a local one.

Ship your luggage instead of checking it

If you’re traveling with more luggage than usual, maybe it’s a smarter, convenient option to ship your bags ahead of your trip than checking it at the airport.

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