Finding out you have picked up the wrong luggage from the carousel when you reach your destination is one of the more common travel mishaps and can lead to a stressful time.
Our top 7 tips will help to ensure that your luggage is easily discernible from you fellow travelers.
1. Choose colourful luggage.
By far the 2 most popular luggage colours are black and red, if you avoid these colours then you will vastly reduce the number of other suitcases on the carousel that look like yours. Patterns, print and pictures can all be found on the wide variety of luggage available these days, you can even buy personalized luggage with your own picture transferred onto the suitcase ( a recent start up Ugo Bags is doing just that). One of the major brands producing bright and colourful luggage is American Tourister with their Prismo range.
2. Use a luggage strap.
Luggage straps are extendable strip of tough fabric and give added security to your suitcase and prevent your belongings from spilling out if your case is damaged. The side benefit is that they are available in many different colours allowing them to act as a way to identify your luggage.age straps are extendable strip of tough fabric and give added security to your suitcase and prevent your belongings from spilling out if your case is damaged. The side benefit is that they are available in many different colours allowing them to act as a way to identify your luggage.
3. Tie a ribbon around the handle.
One of the most common ways to identify your luggage is to tie a piece or pieces of ribbon around one or both of the suitcase handles, it is a cheap method and works very well, especially if you pick several different colours to make your own unique sequence of colours.
4. Spell your Initial in duct tape.
You might think that duct tape is only used on luggage in emergencies when it has been damaged during transit however it can also be used to identify your bag. A pattern or your initials will work just as well.
5. Turn your suitcase into a work of art with fabric paint.
If you have artistic flare then your suitcase might be a good vehicle to show off your skills with the added benefit of creating a unique piece of luggage.
6. Put a bumper sticker on your luggage.
Bumper stickers are a great way to personalise your luggage, you can pick a humorous one, something you like or a shout out to your home town. Pictured “I love my travel agent” is available at Cafe Press here.
7. Use an old scarf or bandanna.
You may have a favourite old scarf or bandanna that is getting to tatty to where, give it some extra life by turning it into identification for your luggage. You can either use the whole thing or cut it down to size if t’s too large and then tie it around the handle of your suitcase or bag.