What steps do you take to avoid losing your luggage when traveling? Do you label it?

What steps do you take to avoid losing your luggage when traveling? Do you label it? If so, what information do you include?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    inb4 carryon poorgays

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I never understood the point of labeling it yourself. Why? The airline puts enough info on it anyway.

    When I go through airports that are known for theft, I use older, cheap, battered bags. No lock, nothing. Or even cardboard boxes.
    You can either choose bags no one cares about, or you can choose luggage that looks civilized and nice. You can't have the two things at once. If you're rich enough, no need to worry about theft, like who cares if your bag gets "lost"? You can afford a new one, you have insurance, etc.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you're paranoid about it then use airtags or whatever the generic equivalent is.
    Other than that, cover it with something bright, easily identifiable, and unique to you so others won't accidentally pick it up and you can easily find it when you see it.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don’t try very hard. I have distinctive metal tags on the handles of my cases that have my name and number on them and are easy to spot on a carousel, which helps because most of my bags are pretty generic black cuboids.

    I occasionally wish they were of a more unusual color or finish, but have never had a real issue.

    The worst thing I’ve ever personally experienced was one occasion on which a very old woman from El Salvador picked up my bag by mistake and took it home (after a flight from San Salvador to California). Her son called me and apologized and I told him to bring it back to the airport. He did.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I usually use a luggage strap like pic related to make my suitcase stand out a bit.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This is genius. Thank you!
        I just ordered and was gonna use these gay little handle wraps on my next international trip.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Losing your luggage on a US or European carrier is a gift. They have to reimburse you a ridiculous amount of money. You can get all new shit. Keep your important stuff on you in a backpack and check your junk. Even if it's late by a day, you can go on shopping spree and just submit your receipts. They have to reimburse you. Lufthansa is really good about it.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    label them

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Checked luggage = anything I am prepared to lose or can replace on my trip. So clothes and shit
    Carry on = shit I can't go without, laptop/phone/chargers+converters/documents

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Pretty much this
      I don't pack that much anyway so realistically all I'm losing in my checked luggage is like a week of not very expensive clothes.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I custom-printed a sticker of an angry Jesus and put it on my suitcase, to remind sticky-fingered people that He is watching.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Love that for you, that's such a grannypilled power move

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I take carry-on so I never have to deal with shit like waiting around for your luggage or "losing it." Checked luggage also limits your ability to be more mobile when traveling. It's useful of course when doing business travel or moving countries but outside of that it's unnecessary.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Use a oversize bag so your always able to pick up your shit at a special counter upon landing and it's more likely to be not lost due to having special treatment

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My friend from Budapest wraps her bag in cellophane. No one ever bothers to open it.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There is flap where bags come out of the wall. You watch near the flap to see when your bag comes out. Wtf are you idiots doing in the meantime?

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I travel a lot for semi-working trips, I carry a lot of relatively expensive gear. My bags are all labeled, and I put a piece of paper with contact info on it in each bag. I put one in my wallet two. Never had it be a factor with checked bags, but a stranger in Malaysia did bring my lost wallet back to my hotel.

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