If you look over the internet, you will see how many people complain daily about lost or missing luggage that took 3 months before it was given back to them. In some cases, they already gave up waiting because there seems no hope of ever finding their luggage again. While this occurrence is not really that rampant, still it can possibly happen to anyone.
Then again, if losing your luggage is very possible, so is making sure your luggage is safe. There are many ways to keep your luggage safe. You can invest in TSA certified locks to make sure no one other than the authorities can look inside your bag. You may also place a copy of your itinerary inside each of your luggage so that whoever finds them may find you easily.
Another option, which is actually the most popular one, is to place tags on each of your luggage. Baggage tags have become so common that you need not stick to a standard style but can already choose from a very wide range of options. Now, you can be able to protect your luggage while being stylish. How to choose the best bag tag? Here are the ways.
No need to sacrifice style
As I have said earlier in the article, luggage tags have already evolved and there’s no need to stick to a standard style. You can now freely explore what kind of baggage tag you want personally. Most luggage come with attached matching luggage tag but you can cut it off and replace with something that you really like. You can even make one yourself!
A personalized luggage tag will also help in serving its purpose. If you make your own baggage tag, no other luggage tag will look the same as yours. This will lessen the risk of it being lost or stolen. You can also put more effort and make it as unique as possible (without looking tacky) so you could easily spot your luggage from a distance.
It should last through a storm
What good will your unique bag tag do if it easily gets damaged and torn away? If you are going to buy (or make) your own luggage tag, be sure that it is very durable and is made from tough materials. People who handle luggage in airports are not exactly the most gentle people in the world. Just like how careful you are in choosing a durable luggage, you should also be careful in choosing a tough tag.
Stay away from luggage tags that are made up of paper and paper-like material. Chances are even before your luggage is handled by airport personnel, it’s already torn off by some random passerby. Your choices of durable material include hard plastic, metal and thick fabrics. Aside from the tag itself, also check the durability of the chains that connect the tag to your bag.
It should conceal your personal details
Among the factors you need to consider in choosing a luggage tag, the most important factor may be privacy. Yes a luggage tag is meant for you to be identified as the owner but you should be identified by the right people with just enough information. To do this, you can buy a luggage tag that has a cover to protect the written details.
If buying one with a cover is impossible or if you already have your own baggage tag, write in small letters. This way, random passers by will not have any access to your personal information, most especially your name. Or at least, try not to catch too much attention. If you are being too flashy in strange places (or anywhere even), you might as well wear a sign saying “I am rich, rob me, quick!”
What your luggage tag should include
Privacy is really important so aside from knowing what to do with your bag tag, you should also know what to write and what not to write inside it.
First, your name. I know we’re talking about privacy but I guess you have no choice but to write your name on your bag tag. How else are they going to identify you? To minimize possible risks, you can write just the initial of your first name and then your full surname. If the luggage is a minor’s, don’t write his/her name. Write the name of his parent instead.
Then, your phone number. If possible, do not write your personal phone number or the number of your house. Instead, write the contact number of your office or company. Also, you can write the phone number of the hotel or inn where you will be staying. Then, write your email address. Though it is not as risky as giving out your name or contact number, it may be best if you write an alternate email address (which you don’t use for personal and business transactions) that does not contain your full name.
Last thing, avoid writing down any address. You can write the name of the hotel where you are saying but no more than that. Never write down your home address or office address or anything that may attract criminals.