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Don’t leave the airport without it: 6 tips to ensure you hold on to your luggage

by Kobus Van den Bergh | Sep 22, 2017
  • It’s not because you were irresponsible, it’s because you weren’t informed. Losing your luggage is heart-breaking and it’s an administration nightmare. However, there are ways to decrease the chances of this happening. Let’s see how you can ensure you leave the airport with your luggage in hand.
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    Don’t let your bag tag dangle

    It may sound odd, but dangling or loose tags increase the chances of your bags being lost or stolen. It’s 2017, there is no need for cardboard name-tags on your luggage. These days you can track your suitcases with microchips or codes. Removing old tags from previous trips will also prevent your bags from being misplaced.

    Mo’ layovers, mo’ problems

    Flying non-stop prevents your luggage from constantly being transferred from place to place. So the less layovers you have, the less chance of your luggage going astray.

    Sometimes you’ll have no choice but to book a layover when travelling. If that is the case, try and extend your layover to at least more than an hour. This will give you and your luggage time to board the same flight to your destination.

    Label your luggage clearly

    Label your bags with your contact details on the inside and outside. It’s also a good idea to make copies of your itinerary and place them on top of your clothing inside any bags you check in.

    Your itinerary could include all the hotels that you will be staying at. If you’re worried about your privacy, then just give the hotel address and refrain from providing specific details about where and when you’ll be in your room or not.

    If that still makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, you could include your home address in the hopes that someone sends your luggage to you once it has been found.

    The earlier the better

    The earlier you check-in, the safer your luggage will be. It may come as a surprise, but it takes time for handlers to process and load your luggage. Arriving minutes before departure puts your luggage at risk of boarding another flight to your destination, which is not ideal. Try and get to the airport a good hour or two before your flight departs.

    Carry it on instead of checking it in

    By carrying your luggage on board with you instead of checking it in at the airline desk, you can hit two birds with one stone. Luggage fees are starting to become more expensive so you will not only reduce the risk of losing your luggage, but also save costs.

    Just ship it

    If you’re going on an extended trip and you can’t help but take more luggage than usual, you should consider shipping it to the airport you will be landing at.

    Carrying a number of bags while travelling can make it tough to keep track of all your belongings. Shipping your excess luggage means that you can rest easy knowing your goods will arrive at one place all together.

    In most cases shipping your luggage will mean it’ll take longer to arrive at your destination. However, you can plan in advance and send it three or four days prior to flying out.


    Our shipping service offers quick, reliable and affordable international shipping to numerous countries across the globe. Give us a call on +44 (0) 80 8141 5520 or pop us an email on shipping@1stcontact.com for any enquiries. 

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