How to Avoid Lost Luggage in 16 Easy Ways

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Travel is growing day by day in each country. Every individual wants to see the world. But with travel, there are increasing travel problems you need to take care of.

You don't want to make your trip memorable saying that on this trip you lost your luggage.

Airports are being upgraded but there are chances of human errors from which your luggage might get lost.

Planning in a proper way for your luggage can help you avoid lost luggage problem. Small things like being careless of not removing the old airline tag while you travel. Can also make your luggage get lost.

If you do not plan for your luggage as you do it for your trips. You will end up being in a stressful situation.

Rather than following procedures after your luggage gets lost. It is better to take precautions well in advance.

Below are some ways and baggage tips from which you can avoid lost luggage problems when you travel.

1. Book Airlines which Have Low Lost Luggage Issues.

Data is available via different sources from which a person 
can know which airlines have the most lost luggage cases registered.

You can even google it and search for your country-specific data and records of luggage getting lost.

Avoid booking flights in airlines having the most records of luggage getting lost.

You will straight away decrease the probability of your luggage getting lost. There are also cases in which airlines were blamed for mishandling the luggage.

2. Remove Old Baggage Tags of Airlines.

While you go for your new travel destination. Do not forget to remove the old airline's tags from your baggage.

It is important to do so to avoid confusion with the human staffs which are handling your luggage.

It can even confuse the automated baggage scanners on airports.

If humans or machines get confused due to your old airline's tags. They can route your luggage to a wrong counter or flight.

3. Study the Airline Policy.

Every airline has their own policy and it is important for you to read it.

You have to read it because many airlines do not give reimbursement for your luggage getting lost.

Some airlines do not provide help if you have valuable items in your checked-in baggage. Like jewelry, electronics, cash etc.

Some airlines also offer added services for taking care of your luggage. But you have to pay extra to avail that service.

Airlines also have different weight and bag counts allowed per person. This is very important to read because you don't want to end up going with 3 bags while your airlines have allowed you only one.

Airlines policy can change time to time without informing the customers. It is better to read it before you book your tickets or before your travel date to avoid lost luggage problems.

4. Carry Important Items in Handbag.

You should always carry important items which you can't stay away from, in your handbag.

People forget important stuff in their check-in luggage and later remember that it's left behind.

Pack your important stuff well in advance in your handbag so that you don't make a mistake later. Try to avoid packing handbag on airports. Do it before you leave your house.

Here is the list of some important item which you should carry in the handbag.

  • Medicines
  • Passport
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Flight ticket and important document
  • Mobile USB Cord but no power banks (as power banks are not allowed in some flights)
  • Water bottle
  • Travel pillow
  • Some comfy clothing (if needed)

This list depends on your personal choice. Try to avoid overfilling your handbag. Avoid items which are not allowed in security check or on-board.

5. Pack Fragile Items Properly.

It is recommended to avoid fragile items while you travel but if you cannot resist then pack it in a proper manner.

Baggage is stopped when there is a breakage of fragile items inside the bags. Let it be a wine bottle or a gift you taking home for your dear ones.

Fragile items like glass, wine bottles should be bubble wrapped and kept in the middle of the suitcase. Then again re-wrapped in clothes to avoid breakage.

Avoid hard items besides fragile items inside the bag. Follow proper packing tips which you know.

6. Make a List of Items.

There are chances that you might forget what you are carrying in your bag if your baggage is lost.

Make a list and keep it with you in the handbag.

By any chance, if your luggage gets lost, airlines will ask you about what you had in your bag.

Airlines who ensure your luggage won't give you the full amount of money of items you had in your bag. The list will help airlines to know about what deductions are to be made. What is covered and what is not.

If you do not have a list, identifying the bag items is hard and you also might not get the sum of money which is insured.

7. Mark Your Luggage to Avoid Lost Luggage.

You can buy a bag tag from a store near your house. Write your name, number, and address on the bag to label it.

In case your baggage gets lost there are chances of airport authorities to call you. If you have the number written on the bag 

If you do not want your address or number to be written. Write your hotel address and number with your name on it.

8. Decorate Your Bag to Make it Look Distinctive.

Tagging your bag with the name tag is essential for the airlines. But decorating it will avoid your fellow travelers to mistakenly take your bag and walk away.

Avoid buying a plain black bag as it is very common and someone else can walk away with it understanding its own.

Buy a bag with bright colors and different than other textures. Some companies also allow you to emboss your name on the bag.

Tie a bright color ribbon or a scarf on your bag handle to make it easy to recognize.

You can also use travel stickers to make your bag look distinctive.

9. Shrink Wrap Your Check-in Bag.

People consider shrink-wrapping the bag to keep the baggage safe from any misleading bag opens.

If the shrink wrap is being fidgeted with you will come to know when you get the bag in hand.

It also makes your bag look distinctive from others helping you to avoid lost luggage problems.

It keeps the inside items safe and you will be sure that anything is not missing from inside. Even if the bag breaks out due to mishandling. Shrink wrapping it will keep the things intact.

10. Ship Your Luggage.

This option is the safest if you have experienced luggage getting lost earlier.

Ship the bag from your house to the hotel you are staying and travel stress-free in flight.

Inform the hotel well in advance about the delivery that they are going to get.

You need to plan the shipment on an early basis as it might take 4 to 5 days to reach the destination.

You will pay extra for the shipment but you will be stress-free. No need to worry about your luggage.

Shipping can be done via many shipment services like UPS, DHL etc. 

Chose the best suitable and famous in your country.

You will also be able to track your luggage while it is in transit.

11. Go For Smart Luggage Tags.

Smart luggage tags is an upgraded option where you will get a smart tag which will track your luggage while in transit.

There are many service providers who will take care of the smart tag you buy.

Smart tags also come with an opt-in option of insurance.

You will get a tag which will have a microchip fitted inside. Fit that tag in the handle of your bag. You will need 1 tag each for baggage. If you have 3 check-in bags you will need 3 smart tags.

Never lose your luggage if you have the luxury and valuable items in the bag. Buying a smart tag is a good option.

12. Take a Picture of Your Bags.

Prevent lost luggage as a picture is worth a thousand description if you lost your bags.

Take a picture on your phone and even take a color print out of that picture. Keep that extra hard copy with your passport.

In case you lost your luggage it will be easy for you to give the hard copy of the bag photo to the airport authorities. This will help them recognize your bag easily.

The photo which you clicked on the phone should clearly show the bag tag and your name on it. This will help you to prove the airport authority that you are the real bag owner.

13. Check In Early.

Plan your travel and reach the airport at least 2 hours before any flight departure. Let it be domestic or international.

It is good to not be in a rush when traveling. You will be at peace if you complete procedures on time. There are fewer chances of you making a mistake when you reach early.

The airlines will also have plenty of time to route your luggage to the right spot and flight.

If you arrive in a hurry you will also make the airport authorities to hurry. This increases the probability of your baggage to be left out or mistakenly routed to other flights.

14. Go for Baggage Insurance.

There are 2 ways in which you can buy baggage insurance.

  • Directly buy the insurance at the airline's check-in counter. Let the check-in attendant know that you want to buy baggage insurance. He/she might help you with the procedures. You need to pay some extra amount on the counter itself. Some airports do not accept cash, keep your card ready.
  • Go for a third-party insurance provider. There are reputed companies who offer baggage insurance while traveling. Approach the company agent and get your baggage insured. You need to inform the company about your travel details if you buy from the third party.

15. Book Non-Stop Flights.

Booking non-stop flights are the best way to avoid lost luggage problems.

You will reduce your lost luggage problem by 75% if you have a direct flight booked.

Most of the lost luggage cases are recorded when people are traveling via connecting flights.

If you have connecting flights make sure to read the connecting flight policy. Some flights directly transfer your luggage to the connecting flight, but some don't. So know what is there for you.

16. Avoid Short Layovers.

If you have a tight schedule of the next flight there are more chances of you losing your bags.

Short layovers of the connecting flights make hard for the airport staff to quickly transfer the bags from one flight to another.

If you have connecting flights the layover time should be at least 3 hours to avoid lost luggage issues.

There are cases that the first flight will get delay and you don't have time to catch the next flight. Same happens with airport staff. They are short of time to transfer the luggage and then it's left over at the airport itself.

If you are confused then the best policy is to ask the check-in counter staff. On how you should work on your luggage at the next airport.
March 5, 2019