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Top 10 Baggage Tips

Travel Tips

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Read the following tips for good advice to help you avoid many common problems that passengers have with carry-on or checked luggage.

  1. Limit your stopovers. Non-stop, one destination trips help limit the possibility of lost or damaged luggage. The more transfers, the more likelihood of damage.
  2. Do not put heavy items in the overhead storage bins. Take great care when storing heavy items in the overhead bins. The potential for causing injury increases when heavy bags shift during flight and the pieces fall on unsuspecting passengers. Lighter pieces can still cause safety problems after shifting.
  3. Watch your weight. Most airlines permit passengers to check one piece of luggage, but in some cases passengers are charged a fee for luggage exceeding the airline’s proscribed weight allowance. Check with your individual airline to determine baggage weight limits.
  4. Put your contact information inside and outside every bag. Always put your contact information on the outside of every bag and the same information, with a copy of your itinerary, inside every bag. It is a good idea to do the same with all carry-on luggage, just in case you have to check it at the last minute.
  5. Customize the look of your bag to make it easy to identify. Customize the appearance of your luggage to make it easier to spot on a baggage carousel or to prevent another passenger from inadvertently taking your bag. Choose a distinctive color of luggage, add colored tape to the handles, etc. to increase visibility.
  6. Keep valuable items with you. Never pack valuable items in checked luggage. Money, laptop computers, electronic files, and other items of high importance should be kept in a carry-on bag, preferably one that is small enough to stow under a seat, as the airline may insist on you checking larger carry-on bags if the overhead bins become filled.
  7. Never pack your medications in checked luggage. If at all possible, do not separate yourself from any ‘must-haves’, including medicines. Carry your certified prescriptions with you in case of emergencies or if you have to verify medications to security personnel.
  8. Know the Cost of a Checked Bag. Always check your air carrier’s regulations regarding carry-on and checked luggage. Some airlines may charge extra for more than one bag or for overweight pieces. Check to see what regulations exist for over-sized or specialty pieces including musical instruments, sporting equipment, etc.
  9. Make sure that the airline luggage tag is correct. Every piece of checked luggage should have a three-letter airport identifier that matches your destination airport. Make sure that you keep the stub from your checked luggage. This stub is a critical document that will be needed if your luggage is lost by the airline or if you are trying to prove that you own a particular piece of luggage.
  10. Immediately report the loss of checked luggage. If your checked bag does not arrive at your destination, immediately report this problem to the baggage agent on duty or to any other available representative from your airline. Time could be of the essence to re-capture your luggage.