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We’ve all been there. Anxiously biting our nails whilst waiting at the luggage carousel.
Why hasn’t my bag come out yet? What if it’s lost? What will I wear all holiday!
And then – there it is, gliding along without a care in the world. You run up to greet it like a long lost lover.
Lost luggage can quickly turn your dream holiday into a nightmare. But we have one word for you: Luggage Tags. (OK two)… Attaching these nifty little fellows to your bag means on the rare occasion your suitcase does go walkabout, 95% of the time it’s returned to you, pronto. Very rarely does a bag disappear forever. And if it does, it’s probably because some inexperienced traveller forgot to attach a travel tag.
Don’t be a foolish flier. Jet-set like a pro and load your travel gear with luggage tags before your transit. But what does one write on these travel tags?
Include too much information, and they can actually work against you. Luckily, our handy guide sheds light on the situation.
Definitely, write this on your luggage tags
Include your name as it is written on your tickets, passport and boarding pass. For those who are dubious of sharing too much personal information, however, writing your initials and surname will suffice. Travelling in a family with multiple suitcases? Simply write one primary contact name, usually the traveller whose name the booking is in, on all suitcases.
Taking your mobile? Include your number but make sure your phone can be used in the country you are travelling to and include the country’s prefix code. Airlines try your mobile number first, as this is the quickest way to contact the traveller and reunite them with their baggage, so make sure it’s turned on once you’ve landed and you can receive calls.
For your outbound destination, it’s paramount to include the address, email and phone number of the hotel or place you are staying. This is especially important if you’re travelling sans phone, as it’s the only way the airline can contact you in the event of lost luggage. The hotel’s details are also handy if the reception for your network is sketchy, your phone breaks or your charger doesn’t work. Again, remember to include the country code for the hotel’s phone number.
Email is another quick and convenient way for the airline to contact you if they can’t reach you by phone. An email also allows you to keep all the information on file, such as the airline’s contact details and instructions on how to retrieve your luggage. Ask your hotel to print the emails for reference and filing. Never rely on digital devices to store important information in case these are stolen or break.
Never ever write this on your luggage tags
It may come as a surprise, but avoid writing your home address on luggage tags, even for the inbound flight. Why? Because this alerts burglars that your home is empty for at least a couple of days. Don’t even include a family member or friend’s address as potential thieves may think it’s your address and plot to burgle the house, which will be a nasty surprise for your loved ones.
If you’re not content with simply including your mobile and email on the luggage tags for the return trip, jot down your work address also. This is a safer alternative and ensures the airline has plenty of information to contact you in the case of misplaced luggage on your return journey home.
Home Telephone Number
Writing your home telephone number on luggage tags is just as risky as including your home address. Thieves can link your address to your telephone number, consequently opening your home up to potential burglaries. Add your mobile phone number, or a family member’s, as an alternative or similarly, a work number will also be helpful.
Our favourite luggage tags
Ever waited at the luggage carousel and picked up three suitcases only to realise they aren’t yours?
Tut tut, classic rookie traveller mistake. Any savvy traveller worth their salt knows to add bright and bold luggage tags to differentiate their suitcases from the crowd’s.
You can’t get more vibrant than these fluorescent Glo Luggage I.D Tags by Go Travel. Available in zesty colourways, such as fuchsia, grass green or tangerine, these dazzling travel tags instantly brighten up any dull suitcase. Offering the utmost security, the Glo Tags keep personal information safely hidden inside their ‘snap-lock’ design, which keeps the tags firmly shut. With two supplied per pack, these luminous luggage tags are a snip at only £6.00.
Too much hassle? You can track your suitcase on your phone
Luggage tags… such a faff! If this sounds like you then welcome to the digital age darling.
You don’t have to go all analogue if you don’t want to because travel tags can be avoided completely if you track your suitcase on your phone.
How does one achieve this? Well, you could invest in a digital luggage tracker such as LugLoc or Trackdot, which track your luggage using GPS and Bluetooth. Or, you could purchase a suitcase with all this GPS magicary built in. Is there such a product? Yes, there is. Hello Rimowa E-Tag Suitcases.
These babies are like upgraded versions of Rimowa’s most revered styles and include an inbuilt electronic tag that not only allows you to check in remotely but tracks your luggage through your phone. How cool? Hurrah – we are no longer at the mercy of the airlines! Even if they misplace your bag, you’ll know exactly where it is at all times.