There's not much worse when traveling than having your luggage lost or damaged on what is supposed to be a wonderful vacation. It does happen that luggage gets stolen or tampered within transit. It is not often we hear of travelers having their luggage lost, stolen or opened, but we often hear of luggage being accidentally damaged. Most airline employees are not dishonest, so theft is not frequent, but many airport employes, maybe due to long hours and hard working environments, can be quite careless when handling luggage, tossing it about, dropping bags and such. Here are some tips that can help you prevent lost or stolen luggage or at least minimize the trouble you will face.
Keep Valuable Items On You
It's important to remember that luggage is designed to specifically carry clothing. Packing an item that's of high value or irreplaceable isn't the smartest thing to do. If you must bring valuable belongings, such as a laptop or jewelry, it's best to keep them in your carry-on.
Don't Place Urgent Items in Your Check Luggage
Items that you might need within 24 hours of checking your luggage (like prescriptions) should be packed in your carry-on, especially if it's for something severe.
Whenever it's possible, fly non-stop. And always arrive early. Airlines recommend that passengers check in as early as 2 hours to ensure their luggage has the appropriate amount of time to properly be placed on board.
Attach Contact Information
Using a sturdy luggage tag, make an effort to list all of your contact information such as your name, address, and cell phone number. And in case your luggage has to be opened to determine where you're going, put in a copy of your itinerary.
Use TSA Locks
TSA locks have a special override tool. You and the TSA will be the only ones who have access to the inside of your luggage. If you're using Non-TSA locks, they can easily be cut by anyone.
Ship Your Luggage
Shipping your luggage ahead of time can save you a mass amount of time, especially if you're someone who tends to be late. You won't have to worry about checking your luggage or paying the extra fees that come with bringing them with you on your flight.
Taking a picture of your bag before checking it will make the entire process easier if you need to make a damage or loss claim.
Check Your Belongings
Once you've reclaimed your luggage at your final destination, always check it be for you leave baggage claim. You might be in a rush, but make the time anyway. Make sure nothing is missing.
Fly Safely and Fly Smart
Flying doesn't always have to result in lost luggage. It can easily be prevented by following the advice listed above. Never place valuable items in your bag unless it's in one that's being carried on with you during the flight. And always be prepared if something does happen to your luggage to make a damage or loss claim.