We’ve all been there. You just got off a long-haul flight only to wait and wait (and wait) at the baggage carousel, then realize that your bags did not arrive with you. Ugh. Not cool.
We all assume it’s not going to happen to us, but when it does, it’s time to start thinking about how to make sure it doesn’t happen next time, especially if you are a frequent traveler.
There are a number of ways to help ensure your luggage makes it to baggage claim, or at the very least, doesn’t walk away from baggage claim with someone else. Yikes. So, a few tips.
Stand out, but not too much.
However, don’t go overboard and opt for a fancy (read: expensive looking) bag that invites wandering hands. Even if your Gucci bag is faux, thieves may not know the difference.
Make your bag unique.
Since, yes, everyone else also has a black or khaki bag, make yours unique by adding a colorful ribbon or bag tag so right away other passengers milling about baggage claim too will take one look and say, “nope, that’s not by bag.”
It’s harder for thieves to walk away with bags that don’t blend in with every other piece of luggage in baggage claim. Make sure you can spot your own bags from a distance.
Use sturdy luggage tags.
Most importantly, remember to fill out your luggage tags and make sure they are current. Your old cell number is no use to the airline when they find your bag in Geneva.
Keep contact info inside your bags.
This way, if the airline loses, then finds, your luggage they can more easily track you down. Also include your flight details, like airline and flight number, to make it even easier to find you.
Luggage Trackers Can Help Save the Day
In most cases, if your luggage gets lost, it will be found and returned to you by the airline within a few days. That’s in most cases, not every single time.
However, if you don’t want to wait a few days, and you want to spare yourself the hassle, you do have other options.
Some airlines, like American and Delta, now let travelers like you track your luggage through mobile apps. Using the Fly Delta mobile app, for example, you can see where your luggage was last scanned en route to your final destination thanks to RFID luggage tags.
There’s even a map view so you can see at-a-glance where your bag is at any given moment, or at the very least, where your bag was last scanned and at what time.
The RFID luggage tags won’t be able to tell you where your bags went after they reached the last checkpoint. For this reason, you might want to consider better ways to track your luggage. And there are several good ones.
Smart luggage is the name of the game these days. You can either buy a luggage tracking device, like the Trakdot, to put in your suitcase. Or, you can buy a suitcase with built-in luggage tracking, like the Bluesmart One.
Both offer added peace of mind for those who just don’t want to deal with having to make a lost luggage claim. Especially not after a long flight. Hello, grumpy. Here’s what’s on the market now.
1. Trakdot Luggage Tracker
The Trakdot Luggage Tracker is a great option for frequent travelers. Simply drop this palm-sized luggage tracking device into your checked bag and make your way to your gate.
Trakdot uses a GSM chip to locate your bag’s position using local cell towers. This technology is said to be more accurate than GPS technology in some cases.
The luggage locator device can track your luggage at baggage claim within 30 feet. Not bad. Check the latest price now.
2. LugLoc Luggage Locator
The LugLoc Luggage Locator is another popular luggage tracker device. Simply place the device in your suitcase and the corresponding mobile app will let you know your bag’s location at all times.
Anytime your luggage is on the ground, you’ll know where it is. The luggage tracking device goes into airplane mode while in the air.
Built-in Bluetooth technology finds your bag within just a few feet. Check the latest price now.
3. Tile Mate
The Tile Mate, or just “Tile,” has been popular for some time as a key finder or phone finder. Just attach it to anything you don’t want to lose, like your luggage, even your pet’s collar.
Hook the Tile Mate to your luggage and Bluetooth tracking will work as a luggage tracker within a fairly close range. Maybe 100 feet, I’d say.
For longer range, Tile’s global network of users can help find your luggage. That’s a lot of people working to find your lost luggage. Check the latest price now.
4. Bluesmart One-Smart Luggage
For those who want to take luggage tracking to the next level, look to smart luggage from Bluesmart One. This suitcase’s 3G + luggage GPS tracker capabilities can track your bag most anywhere around the world.
Oh, the Bluesmart One does so much. This suitcase not only has a luggage locator, but also a built-in phone charger, scale and remote digital lock.
Is there anything the Bluesmart One can’t do? Well, it can’t make me a cup of coffee, but that’s why there’s a Starbucks in every airport terminal. Check the latest price now.
5. Raden A22 Carry-On Luggage
Raden also has smart carry-on luggage. Of course, you won’t need the luggage tracker feature if you carry it on, but if you decide to check your bag, you’re covered too.
Simply integrate the suitcase with the Raden mobile app to track your bag using Bluetooth. This bag also has a built-in power bank and weight-sensing handle.
Silent spinner wheels make it easy to get this bag to the airline desk when you’re ready to check in for your flight. There’s even a TSA-approved lock. Bonus. Check the latest price now.