From taking care of your bags to bagging the best bargain tips to make travelling a breeze
HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR LUGGAGE
Airlines handle around 2,25 billion pieces of checked luggage every year, so it’s not surprising bags go astray. Most lost bags are reunited with their owners within 72 hours, but that’s small comfort if you’re in the Maldives and your suitcase is in Mumbai. Travel expert Maggie O’Sullivan gives us advice on the best ways to ensure you and your bag stay together this summer.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LABEL
Some airlines like KLM, Air France and British Airways have introduced a digital routing label, or e-tag, which, among other things, allows passengers to pre-tag’ their luggage via an app. While it’s being rolled out worldwide, there are a few things you can do to improve your bag’s chances:
Remove any old paper routing labels and add your own tag with your name, destination address (never your home address, since this could flag to thieves that your house is empty), e-mail address and cellphone number. Tie an identical tag to a strap inside your bag with the details of where you’ll be staying.
Check that the routing label attached to your case at check-in or bag drop gives the correct destination. This is particularly important if you’re transferring flights.
PACK IT IN
If you’re travelling as a couple or family, divide your belongings evenly between cases so if one goes missing, it won’t be the end of the world.
Don’t use a black case. The majority of cases are black, so it’s far more likely to be taken from the carousel by someone mistaking it for their own. Instead, buy a good-quality colour bag (but not a designer bag that will be more attractive to a thief) and keep a note of the brand and any features in case it gets lost.
TRACE YOUR BAGS
To locate your case, you need a device that uses GPS or GSM operated via an app. There are several to choose from – see page 113 for information on the Trackimo tracking device.
Upmarket luggage brand Tumi operates its own tracer service, which essentially registers the case and owner’s details on a database. Make sure you take a picture of your bag at the check-in counter. Having a photo will make it easier for airport staff to identify your luggage if it goes missing.
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