Best Tips to Prevent Lost Luggage

BY Travel Writer

It happens….. you arrive at your destination but your bag does not. Here are a few tips to help reduce the chances of your bag being lost when given over to the airlines.

Document your bag:  Once you pack your bag at home, photograph or video the contents of your bag as you pack – both inside and out.  Think about maybe laying out the contents on your floor at home so if the bag is lost, you have proof what is inside. This also helps with filling out claims forms if your bag is never found.

Double-check: Ask the flight attendant to double check the routing and the tag of the bag to make sure its the correct one before being placed on the conveyor belt. This is especially important if you have a connecting flight, as the bag is being touched at multiple destinations which increase its chances of being lost or missing the connecting flight.

Make your bag identifiable: The key is here is to have your ownership and contact information in multiple locations of your bag – both on the outside and inside. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number (preferably a mobile number).

Share your plans: Pack a copy of your trip’s itinerary in the inside of your bag so it’s visible when you first open the bag.  This helps if the bag tag is lost and the airlines open the luggage to find out who the owner is.

If all else fails and your luggage is lost

If your bag is lost, stolen or damaged, be sure to file a complaint immediately. If you still can’t get satisfaction, or feel the need to report the airline, contact the Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division.  Finally, if you’re wondering where lost bags go after they die, here’s your!