Luggage is a vital part of any trip, nearly everything you need for the trip should be inside. Check your luggage prior to your trip and make sure that all parts are in working condition and have no rips or tears. The last thing you need is a zipper that comes apart at the airport while the handlers are moving your luggage.
When buying luggage, choose quality bags that are well-built and made to last. Avoid the fancy luggage as this can be a target for thieves. Fancy gold latches, big brand names and classy leather finishes can all be indicators that thieves look out for. Sticking with the classic look over the showy styles will typically be safer.
Tagging your suitcase with a bright and distinctive marker will make the luggage easier to spot on the carousel and prevents another traveller from mistakenly taking your bag. This will also make it easier for baggage handlers to identify your luggage, should you be unable to retrieve it.
When packing your suitcase, make sure it is in compliance to the weight allowances set by the airline and it will be advisable to weigh your bags before leaving for the airport. If your bag is overweight, consider using two smaller bags. This is usually more of a hassle to most people, but it can help save you on surcharges for the overweight bag. Check with your airline to determine the weight allowances that is applicable to you. You also have the option of using services that will pick up and deliver your luggages to your destination.
Retaining proper identification in your luggage will help in the event of lost luggage, especially when you can communicate clearly towards describing the appearance of your luggage.
Being prepared for security will make the screening process much more pleasant. Check the respective local’ authority website for banned and prohibited items such as liquids and gels. They also often have rules in place on how such items should be packed. Always use clear plastic bags inside your luggage as the screener can easily see inside. Locking your bags is also highly recommended.
Equip your carry-on bag with the bare essentials in case your main luggage is lost or delayed. This is especially important if you will be travelling with children. Again check with the local authority websites for carry-on bags. The rules are a little different. While some items are allowed to be checked-in together with your main luggage, they are not allowed in your carry-on baggage.
Planning ahead carefully on what goes into your luggage, will definitely make your travel experience much more pleasant and enjoyable.