Just landed, excited and very enthusiastic to visit all the exotic places that you had read about on the internet, that gorgeous hotel you friend told you about? Then as you anxiously wait to board the taxi to your hotel, you realize that one of your suitcases is missing! All the excitement and enthusiasm quickly turn into disappointment and frustration, where could you have lost it? Did you forget to pick it up from the baggage carousel?
Did someone mistakenly pick it up? All these questions run through your find as you race back to the departure terminal to seek help with airport security. Well, this happens to each of us at least once in a while, losing our luggage Samsonite luggage or other when traveling. I got a few tips below to help you handle your luggage better when you are traveling, so you don’t end up spoiling an anticipated vacation before it even starts.
These tips will not only help you avoid losing your luggage but also keep your luggage from being tampered with.
Start by Choosing the Right Luggage for Your Travel
Less is more is how the adage goes when it comes to travel luggage. The less your luggage the better your chances of having a more comfortable journey. It is always easier to have your eyes in one bag rather than on two or more. Before traveling, it is important to always plan for the trip, the gear to carry, the types and sizes of the bags to use and so forth.
Planning ahead will help you avoid carrying unnecessary baggage that would hamper the comfort of traveling by increasing the travel costs or making movement difficult. Minimizing on the stuff that you carry with you will go a long way in improving your travel experience and reduce the risk of losing your belongings.
Have Your Eyes on the Luggage at all Times
From the airport, the train station or the bus stop always have your eyes on your luggage safe. Travel stations tend to have criminals marauding for unaware travelers to take advantage of them. Falling asleep on the bench due to exhaustion is a common site in such stations, however good a quick nap may do you in rejuvenating your energy levels, it is an avenue for trouble. Loss of luggage or loss of important travel documents happens in such scenarios. Therefore, it is paramount to be alert and always be watching out for your luggage- For those travelers in the company of kids, it is also important to put that extra effort and keep an eye on their bags as well. Since kids are easily distracted, it is vital to help them out is the adult and also because such stations are havens of such distractions.
Use the Right Types of Locks to Secure Your Bags
Keeping your luggage tamper proof is essential in securing your valuables Ice it in a train station or an airport. Traveling stations, especially international traveling stations are filled with all types of criminals. Drug traffickers, animal traffickers and the such. Such people may take advantage of oblivious tourists and plant illegal stuff in your luggage in case the law catches up with them. Keeping your luggage locked at all times will help in such scenarios, and in case the locks are broken anyway a solid alibi will be in place. Being familiar with the specific luggage lock requirements of your destination. This is important to avoid the destruction of those expensive locks you invested in. Sometimes even zip ties can do the trick, they don’t guarantee the safety of your belongings, but you will know when your luggage has been tampered with.
Keep the Valuables with You Apart from the Rest of the Luggage
Traveling, especially in this day and era is synonymous with carrying of expensive electronics, that costly camera, tablet or mobile phones or any other sophisticated electronic devices. Having such valuables with you at all times during your travel is paramount, especially since such devices don’t require so much Space. Carrying a day bag or pack to hold these devices and have it on you at all times will reduce the risk of you losing your valuables. The same applies to expensive jewelry, if you cannot leave them in a safe at the hotel you are staying at.
Have Valuables in Unorthodox Places Within the Luggage
This tip might be just that; unorthodox, but if it will help in keeping your valuables safe, then it is a tip worth considering. Goons who make a living from targeting innocent oblivious travelers tend to go for those items that are conspicuously expensive. Those things that are given attention. So applying the reverse psychology on them can be a great way to improve the security of your valuables. Putting some of those valuables that cannot be carried at hand in that rusty duffel bag with cheap clothes, won’t draw attention to your luggage, therefore keeping it safe.
Have Travel Insurance for Overseas Trips
Be it a trip to that famous game park in Africa, that oriental temple in Asia, foreign trips come along with many risks. Ensuring such a trip is essential to guarantee your safety and comfort while you enjoy your holiday experience. Apart from protecting your belongings, it is also essential to have health insurance for you and your travel partners as you enjoy your time away from home.
Be Familiar with Quarantine Laws
Understanding the laws on luggage, knowing what is legal an what is illegal in your new destination is essential in avoiding trouble with the law. Some rules do in some countries consider things that were acceptable in your home country as contraband. Such items will get you in trouble with airport security, and moreover, you may end up losing them all together.
Considering or even trying out the tips above will improve your traveling experience next time you will be planning a vacation. Your vacation should be worth the wait, the saving, and the planning. Apply the tips above to make your travel comfortable and less expensive, and most of all keep your luggage safe and valuables secure and tamper-proof.