The art of business travel: 4 tips to avoid lost luggage

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11 Feb 2014

Air travel is supposed to be one of the safest forms of transportation – and while that might be true for the passengers, it certainly isn’t true for their items of luggage. So let’s take a look at four ways to reduce the chances of your luggage disappearing, turning up late, getting lost or being stolen.

Adopt the ‘one bag’ philosophy

There’s no better way to keep your luggage safe than to keep it in your sight at all times. So, where possible, it’s a good idea to limit the amount you take with you and opt for carry-on luggage rather than hold. If you can cram everything you need with you into one suitcase it’s much easier to keep track of things – and you’ll also save a lot of time at check in.

Be different

It’s probably fair to say that most travel bags look very similar. There are the black ones, the dark blue ones, and that’s about it...So make your bag stand out. Be different and choose a bag that won’t be confused for being anyone else’s. You could choose a vibrantly coloured bag, or choose to customise your existing bag with a sticker of your business logo or a great custom printed luggage strap that ensures your contents are not scattered across the airport carousel. That way, if you have to put your luggage in hold, you’ll be able to recognise it instantly when it carousels past in the busy baggage reclaim.

Non-recognisable items

In the interests of security, a laptop bag that looks like a laptop bag is far more likely to be stolen than a normal, non-specialist bag that happens to hold a laptop. So you’re probably better off not choosing the laptop bag that’s very obviously a laptop bag like our Urban Sling made from recycled materials Instead you should go for something that doesn’t immediately tell people what it is you’re carrying around with you.

Tag it

Luggage tags are a business travel essential – and there’s no excuse for not using one. They’re a great way of clearly identifying who the luggage belongs to if it ever gets lost, and it’ll tell the airline company everything they need to know to get it back to you; your address, your intended destination and other vital contact information like your phone number and email address.