Did you know that there are ways of ensuring that your baggage gets to the destination with you? Here are a few tips.
1. Put your name on your baggage
Always put your name and flight no. on the baggage itself. And add your mobile phone number, if possible. Cause sometimes baggage labels get torn off. So if there’s no information on your baggage, we won’t know where to send it.
2. Remove old baggage tags
Do you travel a lot and leave all sorts of labels/tags and baggage stickers attached to your suitcase? That may look cool, but it isn’t a great idea. It can confuse the baggage sorting system, because it doesn’t know which tag to read. That’s why we advise that you remove all labels and stickers from previous trips. Why not head out with a neat and tidy suitcase?
3. No loose parts
Make sure your baggage is in good condition when travelling. Avoid broken locks and zips. If your baggage has loose-hanging handles, put it in a flight bag or have it sealed. After it is checked in, your baggage passes through a sorting system. Loose-hanging handles can get hooked behind protruding edges and tear off. And that might just be the handle your baggage tag was attached to… Right?!
4. Is your baggage checked through to your final destination?
Make sure your baggage is properly labelled. You may be flying to Paro via BKK from KUL. It’s not always standard practice to check baggage through to your final destination (Depends on airline’s agreement). That’s why it is always best to ask about this when you check in. It can be very annoying to arrive in Paro only to discover that your suitcase is still in Bangkok, because you thought it would be labelled through to where you are ultimately going.
5. Sufficient transfer time?
If you have to catch a connecting flight, make sure you have enough time for transfer. You yourself may be able to run like crazy and catch that flight, but your baggage can’t! Unless you have bought a bag with feet. Then it can. ;).
6. That’s MY suitcase!
Make your suitcase easily recognizable. Not only for yourself, but also for others. It regularly happens that Mike get’s home with Nancy’s suitcase “because it looks exactly like his”. So why not stick on a fun label? Or a ribbon? Or a nice photo of yourself? Anything that says: “This suitcase is MINE!”
Hope these tips will help you :-)