Lost Luggage During Holiday Travel

Published by November 22, 2011

Many people have been faced with the issue of lost baggage, especially during the busy holiday travel seasons. Although most travel insurance policies provide coverage if your bags are lost, stolen or damaged on the trip, follow these tips to decrease your chances of having to file a travel insurance claim.

  • Pick bright or odd color luggage that stands out among black and brown bags. Know the brand name of your luggage and attach a colorful ribbon, scarf, or decals to it. It is also a good idea to take a photo of your luggage and carry it with you just before you go.  A photo can be a big help to lost luggage staff at the airport. It will also help when you have to make a claim.
  • Attach two or three tags with your name, home address and number to the handle or zipper of each bag that you are checking. There is less chance that all of the tags could get torn off during transit.
  • Put a copy of your itinerary and your destination’s address inside each piece of luggage. That way, if they do get lost and are found, they could be easily forwarded to your hotel.
  • Make a list of what you are carrying in your luggage and keep the list with you in your carry-on bag.  Remember, it is best to pack only the things you can afford to lose in your checked baggage.