It seems like since travelling by air plane became popular, the most common and nerve wracking issue to occur is losing your luggage. When travelling by air plane, the simplest solution is to pack all of your belongings on a carry-on bag, but depending on how long you will be travelling for and what you actually need for your trip, this can be an impossible solution. If you do need to check some bags, I have a few tips on saving you from the stress of losing your luggage.
First, I would highly suggest checking in for your flight early. People often forget the behind the scenes process of what it takes to check a suitcase and just assume their bags will magically go where they are supposed to end up. Because it is a real process that does take time, it is suggested that you arrive early and check in an hour to an hour and a half early. When you check in close to boarding time, it is more likely that you will be separated from your bags. When there is time for processing and transporting luggage, it will most likely go smoothly; problems are more likely to arise when you are rushing.
If possible, a good idea to keep your bags together is by getting a direct flight. There are a lot of risks for your luggage when taking connecting flights. It is common for bags to not make it onto the next flight, especially if the first flight is delayed or if there is little time between the landing and take off time. Much like how it is a good idea to arrive early for check in, it is a good idea to either have a direct flight, or to have connecting flights with a bit of a wait time in between the arrival and departure times.
One of the most important things to do in order to keep your belongings and bags safe is to put your name, address, and contact information on a luggage tag outside of the bag. There are technologically advanced tags, such as the Super Smart Tag that features a code that anyone can use to report it online if your bag is found, in the event that it is lost. Once the code for your bag is submitted, you’ll receive a text message, e-mail, or phone call saying your luggage has been found. You can enter your itinerary on the website so the airport staff will be able to view your plans and forward your luggage to your next expected destination. Another good luggage tag option is Magellan’s Retriever Tags, this is more of a basic tag, but it is very efficient. These vinyl tags have instructions written in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, French and German that tell baggage agents to check your itinerary inside the bag and to send your luggage to your next expected destination.
Besides the outside of your bag, it is a good idea to include your identification and your travel itinerary inside of the suitcase. This way airlines will be able to track you in transit if your bag is delayed or misplaced. If they do find your bag, instead of sending all your belongings to your home address, they will be able to send it to where you are and where you will need it.
Lastly, you should accessorize your suitcases with something that will help differentiate your bag from someone else’s. Most luggage looks very similar, but if you use a colourful or specifically patterned luggage strap or ribbon, it will help you to recognize your bags on the carousel right away. Not only will this be convenient for recognizing your bags, but it will also help cut down on time spent looking for it at the airport and will leave you with more time to enjoy yourself.
There is never a definite way to determine the future, which is why you should make sure to keep things like medicine and the most important things in your carry on bag, but if you follow these tips, you should greatly decrease the odds of losing your luggage while travelling by air plane.