IF you are going away for a while, say on a week-long business trip or on a much-needed wellness retreat which would last for nearly a month, you will probably have to travel more than just a carry-on bag.
This means you will likely be packing many of your prized possessions and valuables in your check-in luggage. And you will have to let it out of your sight for hours the moment it rolls away from you on the conveyor belt at the check-in counter.
Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, the ingrained fear of your checked luggage “disappearing” at the pick-up point is something every flyer can relate to.
The anxiety is real as you rush to the baggage carousel upon arrival to avoid an accidental luggage swap. And believe us when we say that every other passenger is probably feeling the same way, because the last thing you want to do after a long-haul flight is to leave the airport with someone else’s toiletries or undies.
So as the influx of luggage, boxes, and some knapsacks roll up on the conveyor belt at the same time, how can you ensure that you will find yours easily in all that frenzy? Here are some tips to spotting your luggage easily:
A pop of color
It always helps to buy luggage that is not too “mainstream”. By that, we mean go big, bright, and bold. Have you always secretly liked a nice, pastel shade or are you a closet blinding neon fan? Now would be a good time to show your true style off.
Do you prefer to be a little bit of a minimalist? Go subtle and decorate your luggage handle with a narrow strip of fabric instead. But do not just tie a ribbon around it – really wrap it around the handle in interesting ways like in multiple knots or criss-cross patterns.
Make an art project out of it and embellish your luggage with stickers. Pick up a handful of colorful or sparkly ones from your local craft shop and let your creativity flow. Alternatively, collect them as you travel and let your luggage do your travel-bragging for you.
Strap it up
A belt strap is useful in more ways than just one because aside from making it easier for you to identify your luggage, it also keeps your luggage from bursting at the seams. Pick up a belt strap at any department store and secure it around your luggage prior to checking in.
All in the details
Not only should you always fill in all your details on your luggage tag, but you should also opt for a bright and noticeable one. Better yet, look for a novelty tag (such as one that is shaped like your favorite Marvel character or emoji) or one that can be personalized with your name or initials.