Tips for Not Losing Your Luggage
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How can I boost my chances of being reunited with my luggage?
You've stayed within the airline baggage allowance and made sure your liquid items met the carry-on luggage restrictions. Now it's time to make sure you and your luggage make it to the same place at the same time.
- Make your bag stand out from the crowd. If you have the same black luggage as everyone else, try tying a colored ribbon on the handle, or use masking tape to make stripes along the side -- not fashionable, perhaps, but easier to spot on the baggage carousel.
- Pack smart. If you don't need it, don't bring it. Consider shipping some items ahead of your trip rather than carrying them with you. Your carry-on bag should include everything you need for the first 24 hours at your destination, including a change of clothes.
- Put your name, phone number and e-mail address on a label inside every piece of luggage, as well as on tags on the outside. Do not put your home address on the tags -- no need to advertise your empty house to thieves.
- Double-check the routing tag that goes on each piece of luggage at check-in. It should have the three-letter code for your destination airport.
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