When the conveyor belt stops and your baggage is still nowhere in sight, it only means that your baggage is somewhere out there – lost.
Losing a baggage happens all the time. Even seasoned travelers are not spared. There are many ways to lose your baggage and with the number of people flying every year, lost baggage has become a common occurrence.
But there are ways not to lose your baggage and keep your valuables safe while you travel:
- Pack the most important things.
If you can pack light, then do so. Valuable items such as jewelries, small electronics and medications should be included in your carry-on bag. Also, pack extra clothing in your carry-on just in case you lose you baggage or until you reunite with your luggage in the event your luggage was in another plane.
- Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will reimburse you if your baggage is lost or damaged. It also covers lost documents such as passports, travel visa and the like. It doesn’t cost much to get insured for one off trips.
- Check in early
Arriving at the airport early is a standard requisite among major carriers. It will also give you enough time to check-in your baggage properly. Most lost baggage arise from late check-in. And if possible, get the same carrier if you’re traveling with a connecting flight. Your baggage will stay with the same carrier and the likelihood of losing your baggage is minimal as compared with transferring your luggage with a different carrier in your next flight.
- Label and mark your baggage properly
Make your luggage stand out in the multitude of luggage in the carousel. You will have an easier time locating your luggage if you put ribbons and other what-have-you’s on your bag. The more distinct it is the better to easily spot it. Always label your bag with name and address just in case somebody has mistakenly picked up your bag from the carousel.