Having your personal items lost or stolen on a trip can be very frustrating. Below are give things you can do to help protect your luggage while traveling:
1. PROPER Tags
Make sure that all items have clear, sturdy luggage tags that won’t break or tear off. Record good contact information where you can be reached even while traveling. Including your cell phone number is a great idea. Do not use the paper luggage tags that the airlines offer you at check-in. They easily tear and are not a dependable solution.
2. Lock YOUR BAGS
Place a small TSA-approved lock or strap around your bag. It will act as a theft deterrent but can still be opened by customs inspectors.
3. BE UNIQUE
A brightly colored bag, luggage tag or strap reduces the risk of your luggage being mistakenly claimed by another passenger.
4. BE TIMELY
Make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to get your bags checked. Avoid tight connections and make sure to ask the airlines if your bag will automatically be transferred if you are connecting through different countries. Finally, go straight to the luggage carousel once you’ve arrived and cleared customs.
5. Travel Insurance
Always have adequate travel insurance, even if traveling for short periods or domestically. Insurance covers not only loss and theft, but can also provide a clothing allowance if luggage is delayed. Make sure you keep receipts for your possessions where possible or consider making a photographic record of luggage contents, in case you need to make a claim.