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Avoiding Travel Headaches - Ways To Identify Your Luggage

Jun 9, 2008
If you are getting ready to go on vacation or a business trip, you can save yourself a lot of time at the airport with one simple step: making your luggage easy to spot. Having ways to identify your luggage can help you to get out of the baggage claim area quickly and off to your destination.

It can be hard to tell which luggage is yours on the airport baggage carousel - so many travelers have identical luggage! The most common size, style and colors of luggage account for almost all of the bags in the claim area. Just count how many identical black suitcases you see next time you are at the airport. I'm going to guess you give up counting quickly! Almost all bags are the same and thus hard to tell apart. Baggage is often mistakenly taken by the wrong traveler for this very reason.

If you're looking for some new luggage, why not get something a little different this time? Unless you have your own custom designer, you may not be able to have a luggage set which is unique to you, but if you move away from the normal black or brown, it can go a long way towards helping you identify your luggage so you can find it quickly in the airport. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you could opt for bright colors or eye catching patterns; while not for everyone, it certainly makes it easier to spot your belongings.

Prepare First To Avoid Losing Your Luggage

You can make your luggage stand out from all the other bags on the carousel by tying a brightly colored ribbon or patterned scarf to them. You should go for a color or pattern which is more unusual to minimize the chance that someone else with the same idea will accidentally grab your luggage or vice versa. For this reason, you should always check your luggage tags, no matter how unique you think your ribbon or scarf to be.

Another problem with ribbons or scarves is that they could become caught on something during the handling process. Not only can this slow down or damage the handling equipment, your luggage identification may become damaged or removed completely. If you still want to use this strategy, make sure you also include an actual tag listing all of your contact information.

Additionally, you should put your contact information inside each bag. If your luggage is lost or switched with that of another traveler, this can help your bags find their way back to you. And if your luggage tags should somehow come off in transit, you can then prove your ownership of your luggage to airport personnel.

A growing number of travelers have turned to personalized luggage tags as a way to keep better track of their belongings. You might be surprised at the variety of looks you can find and while possible, it's not likely your fellow travelers will choose the exact same ones. Embroidered luggage tags in particular have gained popularity recently but there are many options from which to choose. Because really unique ways to identify your luggage are key to finding your bags quickly, try to go for the most unusual tag you can find.
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