10 Ways to Decrease Your Chances of Lost or Stolen Luggage

Avoid Lost Luggage

Here are some suggestions of what you can do to keep your luggage from being lost or stolen, or at least keep these situations from getting worse.

  1. Write your name on your luggage (or make sure to have it on a luggage tag). Write your name inside your bag, too.
  2. Write down important information about your bag before you board your flight. (Color, Size, Brand)
  3. Make a list of everything in your bag. You’ll need this so the airline can reimburse you.
  4. Make your luggage stand out. Use a colorful bag or luggage tags, ribbons, stickers, etc.
  5. Avoid short connection times. This is a no-brainer. The shorter the time between flights, the less likely your bag will make it to your connecting flight.
  6. Keep any important documents, money, and other valuables in your carry-on bag.
  7. Don’t check-in late. 
  8. You can also get travel insurance to make sure your reimbursed for your lost luggage. (I’d use this as a last resort. Who wants to spend extra money? However, some credit cards provide travel insurance if you book the flight using your card.)
  9. Fly with an airline that handles luggage better. Lessen your chance of your bag being mishandled.
  10. The best way to make sure your luggage doesn’t end up lost or stolen is to keep it with you. (The key is to travel light with just a carry-on)

Check out Airfare Watchdog’s 2014 List of Best U.S. Airlines (including best for mishandled luggage).

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