Lost Luggage? Calling It "Misplaced" Doesn't Help Matters. These Tips Might!

August 1, 2019

Oh, the agony of waiting at the baggage carousel for your luggage. The anxiety of not seeing your bag slide down and onto that conveyor belt can give the most seasoned traveler stomach knots.

If you’ve ever had your luggage lost, the struggle is real. Mine went missing on a trip to Hawaii. I landed on Kauai wearing long pants and a sweat shirt – it was three gamey, expensive days before my stuff and I were reunited.  

The journey your luggage takes from check in to pick up is impressive:

The good news is that about 97% of lost bags are reunited with their owner within about three days. A few things you can do to make sure your luggage makes it back to you if it gets misplaced?

Put good information on your luggage tag, but not too much. Include your email address, first initial, and last name. Add a cell phone number and perhaps a local number where you can be reached during your travel. 

Leave your home address off of the luggage tag. According to security experts, criminals look for these tags because they are basically an invitation to rob you. They immediately announce that you aren’t home and give every potential wrongdoer directions to your house.

Soon, the issue of what to put on your luggage tag may not even be an issue. Digital luggage tags already provide a secure way to track your bags and allow airport workers to scan for private information.

Until then, some foresight and planning should have you and your underwear reunited in a timely fashion if they and the rest of your belongings get separated – bon voyage!