Tips for Recognizing Your Luggage at the Baggage Terminal

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Ever think you may have a unique piece of luggage that no one else has, only to find out when you get to the airport you recognize several other strangers have that same piece of luggage? How can you tell them apart and be able to get your bags quickly and easily? Following some simple strategies can help with this dilemma.
As you shop for luggage, take into consideration colors you would be comfortable carrying around.
You may only prefer black or dark green, however realize that a lot of other people pick these colors as well.
So you will have to do something to distinguish your suitcase from other suitcases.
If you feel adventurous there are lots of colors to choose from and even prints that you can purchase to help your luggage stand out at the baggage terminal.
If you know that you need more than one piece of luggage to travel with, make sure that you travel with a matched set.
This can be cost effective as well as help with identification of pieces of luggage that are checked in.
If you are going to be gone for several days, you may need a carry on as well as a checked bag.
Make sure your carry on has a distinguishable identification mark so if you are flying on a smaller plane and you are required to check your bag at the gate you can pick out your luggage easily.
So what can you do to identify your bag quickly and easily? * Place a piece of colored tape, a large enough piece that you can easily see it, on the front and back of your luggage.
This brings attention to the luggage right away.
Consider having this a piece of duct tape or pick a fluorescent tape that would stand out immediately when spotted.
* Another idea is to have a piece of ribbon or a thin strip of fabric on the handle of the luggage so you can spot it easily when it comes off the conveyor belt.
This ribbon could be multicolored, print, or just a single color.
There are also handle covers you can purchase.
They fasten with velcro so they do not fall off easily.
* Having a special luggage tag attached to the handle is another tip.
There are generic types from the check in counter at the airport to specialized tags that can be purchased at luggage stores or novelty shops.
Again, this is so you can recognize your piece of luggage right away.
* When you check a bag in, the clerk always puts a baggage claim number on the suitcases and attach a copy of that claim number to your ticket.
This is very helpful especially if there is ever any question of a bag being yours when you go to pick up the luggage.
Losing a bag can be very stressful.
If your bag does come up missing, make sure to check in with the airline to find out if they put the bag in their secured area.
They will ask you to describe your bag.
Having some sort of distinguishable mark on it makes it easier to locate.
Sometimes having a picture of your bag is also very helpful when retrieving it.
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