Many years ago, I saw a tv program on what airlines do with unclaimed and lost bags with no tags.
Around that same time, a relative of mine went on a cruise to Hawaii from the UK. Not only did her airline carrier lose her luggage, they also kept sending to it wrong port – Hilo instead of Honolulu, Honolulu instead of Hilo…you get the drift. And of course, since luggage can’t be delivered on sea days so she basically had no proper attire for the entire 2 week cruise. She was distraught, depressed and had to spend precious vacation time buying essentials during the ports of call.
Needless to say, that television program and her negative experience led me to come up with this idea -leaving a detailed itinerary in the visible inside pocket of my suitcase and carry-on that looks like what you see above.
Contact coordinates, flight details, hotel address and anything else that would be important. If your luggage tags get ripped off, an agent could at least open your bag and find all the details to contact you.
I also leave a copy with a relative so that they know where I am in case of an emergency.
Side note: I never put my FULL address on the outer tag of my luggage – just my last name and cell phone number. Being the paranoid traveler that I am, putting full details on my outer tag is like inviting those who may handle to my “visit” my “secured” but possibly unattended home.
What are some of your travel tricks?
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