10 Essential Tips On How To Keep Your Luggage Safe
If your luggage has nothing distinctive about it and the labels attached somehow get damaged or misplaced during transit, it is almost virtually impossible to verify which luggage is yours out of the 100’s of look-a-likes. Even though it’s very uncommon for luggage to get lost or damage during transit, your bags could end up being that random one that does get misplaced. Below are 10 tips on how to keep your luggage safe to help prevent these scenario’s happening to you.
1) Ensure you Insure it
Insurance is one of the most important things to remember before setting off on your travels – both for your belongings and your healthcare. Getting the right travel insurance ensures that if anything did go wrong, you’ll be able to recoup the costs of any stolen, lost, damaged belongings or medical expenses.
2) Lock it up
Invest in a good lock for your luggage that can provide a little extra protection during transit, then make sure all zips and locks work before you travel.
Remember the harder your bag is to get in to, the less a thief will bother – they’re always looking for an easy target, so don’t make yourself one!
3) Take care of your prized possessions
Passports, cash, phones, laptops, credits cards and anything else valuable or precious should be kept with you at all times. It’s probably a good idea to make sure you have the right hand luggage to keep all of these prized possessions in. Keeping your most important items close provides you with the means to get around if in the unlikely case your suitcase did get misplaced during transit.
4) Make your bags disguisable
Nowadays many bags look so similar that it’s all too easy for another traveller to accidentally take the wrong luggage from the conveyer belt (baggage claim). To avoid this from happening to you, invest in coloured baggage labels where you can write your contact details (name and contact number) to help you identify your own bag.
5) Obtain proof before you check-in
Write a list, take a video or photograph of the final contents of what you packed within your luggage. Worst case scenario, if your luggage did go missing during transit you can advise the airport staff in detail what you had inside your bags.
6) Low Key Is Best
If you’re the type of person who loves travelling with designer gear, then try and do it as discreetly as possible. Nothing screams ‘target’ more than Louis Vuitton suitcase!
7) Pack and carry your own bags
Make sure that you are certain of your luggage contents when you’re crossing borders, catching flights or passing through customs. Don’t offer to carry anything for anyone else. This might seem like common sense, but there are many stories of travellers just trying to help out their new found travel companion who seemed like “such a good person” at the time.
8) Know the destination you’re travelling to prohibited laws
Research what you’re allowed to pack and what you’re not allowed to pack to the destination you’re travelling to. Remember that depending on your destination their custom laws will vary, you don’t want to feel like your holiday has been stolen from you because your bags are stuck in customs due to you packing an item that is illegal in that country. It could be as innocent as fruit or wood carvings – In some countries the penalties are much harsher than a verbal telling off.
9) Flight itinerary
Place a copy of your flight itinerary and contact information inside your luggage to help airport staff find you if your luggage happens to be the 7 out of 1000 of luggage which are mishandled during transit.
10) Remove old air waybills from luggage
Air waybills contain your flight information; the last thing you want to do is confuse the air porter staff with an old air waybill attached to your luggage. So make sure all flight information from your previous flight is removed from your luggage before your travel.