Every time we fly, our luggage is at risk of being lost. Unfortunately, that’s part of the risk of being a frequent flyer. However, there are ways to reduce this risk. Here are 8 recommendations to follow when you take the plane so your suitcase never gets lost.
8. Get rid of old tags that are still attached to your suitcase
If you don’t remove the tags after your last trip, your baggage risks of not following you and might be sent to your previous destination! It is best to have only one tag on your suitcase: this will also make finding your suitcase much easier if it is ever lost.
7. Arrive to the airport early
As airport staff say, luggage gets lost more often if you do a last minute check-in. If you arrive at the last minute, your luggage will be sent through a maze of luggage and may not have time to get to your destination on time.
6. Ask an airport attendant to add a ‘Fragile’ sticker on your suitcase
It’s a known trick on the Internet: tell the staff at the counter that you have really fragile items in your suitcase so that your suitcase gets a special label and is treated with care.
5. Don’t overstuff your suitcase
Here, we mainly talk about not breaking your luggage, because the baggage handlers throw them to stack them. You need to know; they are not delicate with your personal items, so avoid stuffing too much stuff in your suitcase.
4. Opt for an original but inexpensive suitcase
An expensive suitcase can catch the eye of thieves and a black or grey suitcase can easily get mixed up and be picked up by someone else accidentally. Choose a bright coloured one or one with patterns.
3. Evaluate your layover time
Just make sure there’s at least an hour between your flights so your luggage is actually on your second flight.
2. Ensure very precious luggage
If you have valuable items in your luggage, you can ensure them. Take pictures before you leave to prove that you really had them with you.
1. Use a cover protector
There are protective covers that keep your suitcase safe and are so unique that they are less likely to be stolen. You can also ask the staff to pack your suitcase in a large plastic bag. No one will touch your suitcase.