1. Pre-departure travel hacks to prevent lost luggage
There are a few things you can do before you fly to make it less likely your luggage will be lost. First things first, we’d suggest seriously reconsider whether you actually need to put stuff in the hold – if you can get by on hand luggage, definitely do that.
If you do need hold luggage, you should make sure your stuff is as identifiable as possible. The head of a German airport recently claimed that plain black suitcases were making identifying lost luggage more time-intensive. In other words, there’s never been a better excuse to go wild glamming up your hols with a brightly-coloured suitcase or some distinctive ribbon. At the very least, get a hardy, easily identifiable luggage tag.
Other things you can do is to take pictures of your luggage (and its contents) and plaster your case (including any tags) with as many copies of your name and mobile phone number as possible. But don’t include your home address or phone number, otherwise potential thieves could find out that you aren’t home.
If you want to be super sure about taking your bags on holiday – or if you’re transporting particularly valuable stuff – taking out travel insurance can reassure you that, even if your bag is lost, you won’t be out of pocket. Although, obviously, this depends on individual insurance policies and coverage.
And while it might seem a bit like tempting fate, you can buy digital bag tags that let you track your luggage on your phone. These will let you know whether your luggage has arrived at the right airport or terminal. You’ll want one with a long battery life – like Apple’s AirTag, for instance, which claims a battery life of an entire year. That’s plenty of time to track down your bag.