Avoiding Travel Headaches - Ways To Identify Your Luggage

By: Gracejennings
When planning a trip there is something many leave out; something which can save a lot of time if you are ahead of the game. If you have ways to identify your luggage quickly once you deplane, you'll be able to get out of the airport much faster - and spend more time enjoying your vacation!

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.

Next time you're in the market for new luggage, you should really consider getting something that will stand out from the crowd. While this is not an option for everyone, the more adventurous may want to try bags in unusual colors or patterns like polka dots that can be quickly located at any baggage claim. Anything other than the normal black or brown bags will be a lot easier to identify.

Taking Steps To Personalize Your Luggage

One way you can make your luggage stand out is to tie a ribbon or scarf which is brightly colored or features a distinctive pattern. This, of course can work against you if others on your flight had the same idea. Always double check your luggage tags, even if you think no one else could possibly have a neon green ribbon on their suitcase.

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.

You should also have your contact information inside all of your bags. Why? In the event that your bag is lost or mistaken for someone else's bag, this can help you and your luggage be reunited. It's also useful in the event all of your tags are somehow lost during handling.

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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