Traveling should always be a pleasant and enjoyable experience. And to maximize the fun, we always try to make sure that we take measures to prevent or at least minimize any untoward incidences from happening while traveling. Your luggage is one of the more important elements of your travel experience and it will benefit you greatly if you take measures that will safeguard them and prevent their loss or damage. Here are some tips for securing and protecting your luggage from damage, preventing loss of valuables and ensuring that you have a worry-free travel.
- Pack your own bags. Make sure that you know what your luggage contains. Many unsuspecting travelers have found themselves in hot water just because they had someone else pack their bags for them only. Also do not offer or accept to carry anything for someone else. It is so easy for drugs or other illegal substances to be planted in seemingly innocent packages that other people request you to carry for them. Be very careful about these things lest you find yourself in trouble when airport scanners find any contraband in your luggage.
- Invest in a good set of luggage. Choose luggage that are sturdy and cannot be easily tampered with.
- Invest in a good set of locks. Lock all your luggage. We have also found so much use for tie-locks (these can be bought at the hardware). We ordinarily use these to secure purses, carry on bags and luggage. I make it a point to tie-lock my purse and carry-on bags as they pass through the x-ray machine. Tie-locks are also a good alternative to locks for luggage. Since these tie-locks can only be removed if you destroy or cut them, you will easily know once your luggage have been tampered with.
- Make a checklist of items that you packed in your luggage. This way, you can make an inventory of the contents anytime and easily know if something is missing.
- Buy luggage covers to protect your bags from stains, tears and other damages due to mishandling by airport personnel.
- You may opt to shrink wrap your luggage for additional protection. Shrink-wrapping not only provides protection your luggage against damage and stains, but could also be a deterrent to thieves. A lot of major airports worldwide offer luggage wrapping services.
- Place your valuables like your money and wallet in your carry-on bags. Valuables should also include your passport, jewellery, gadgets and ID cards. This way you can keep them safe at all times and they are easily accessible.
- Always bring a roll of duct tape with you. Duct tapes are inexpensive and provide a fix-all solution to rips, tears, broken zippers and handles and other emergency.
- Do not lose sight of your luggage while they pass through the x-ray machines or as they are inspected by airport personnel.
- Make sure your travel insurance includes coverage for lost luggage. It is better to be safe than sorry. I would rather pay a premium for coverage than risk losing my things and bear the inconvenience and cost.
- Always keep an eye on your carry-on bags and make sure these never leave your side, whether you are in the taxi traveling to the airport, are at the airport waiting for you flight or at your destination while enjoying the sights. Not a few travelers have experienced losing bags and luggage just because they were not alert enough.
- When leaving your luggage in your hotel room make sure you lock them. Bring your valuables and important items like passport, identification cards, money, etc. with you. If you have to leave valuables, store them in the room safe, if available.
- When out sightseeing always keep your bags secure and close to you. Always be vigilant. Do not be flashy with your cash.
- Consider availing of door-to-door delivery service to ship your items instead of checking them in. This can be a more secure and more cost-effective solution to protecting your items, especially of you have a lot of things to bring home.