How To Recognize Your Luggage In The Airport

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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How To Recognize Your Luggage In The Airport

You know  that uneasy feeling of trying to identify your luggage as all of the suitcases appear on the baggage carousel in the airport baggage claim area? Of course you do! Who doesn’t!

In order for someone to quickly claim their luggage and move on to their destination, they must be able to easily identify their bags. If you, like so many people, have a hard time picking your suitcase out of the sea of luggage, you’re not alone.

To quickly locate your luggage on the baggage carousel, try one (or more) of the following tips. Many of these tips aren’t permanent, so they can be changed out with the seasons, as items wear out, or if someone else in the family is traveling with the bag.

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Use Luggage Tags That Stand Out

No passenger easily identifies a luggage just by its appearance. What if someone else has the exact suitcase as you? Some airlines provide luggage tags; it isn’t advisable to use those because other passengers could use them too. Opt for recognizable tags instead; such as those with logos, to ease identification.

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Use A Luggage Strap

With a luggage strapsecured around your luggage, you locate it in no time. And, luggage straps help hold you bag closed, which can be helpful if you’re really packed that bag.

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Use Stickers

Using stickers to decorate your bag singles it out from others. Colorful stickers can be attractive and fun for adults and children. Try using some kids stickers or even a bumper sticker. If you prefer not to have brightly colored stickers, try using stickers with letters on them.

Use Fabric

Tie a ribbon, scarf or piece of fabric onto the handle of your bag. This method isn’t permanent, so you can change it any time.

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Use Colorful tape

Use some washi or duck tape on your bag. The simple act of placing colorful tape on the suitcase itself or around the handle helps takes out difficulty out of identifying it.

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Sew It

If you have soft sided luggage, sew something onto the piece.

Paint It

If you have hard shelled luggage, paint something onto the piece.

Do you have a favorite tip on how to recognize your luggage at the airport?


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5 comments

Sarah Bailey September 12, 2019 - 1:05 pm

My Mum always used to tie a neon coloured ribbon around our luggage when we went away. It really made it easier spotting it going around.

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Kacie Morgan September 12, 2019 - 4:30 pm

I never used to think about this until I began travelling with a plain black carry-on, from Primark of all places. After a few times of travelling with it, I soon learnt to try a brightly coloured ribbon around the handle so I could spot it on the luggage carousel.

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Rebecca Smith September 12, 2019 - 5:52 pm

These are some fantastic tips! We saw some interesting ways of identifying luggage on our recent trip to Cyprus – various bits of ribbon or string, really vibrant suitcase colours. It was quite intriguing to see what everyone did to make theirs stand out.

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Melanie williams September 14, 2019 - 7:15 am

There are some really top tips here. You think that you know your luggage, but when it is in with all the others it is easy to make a mistake xx

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Jenny September 14, 2019 - 9:00 am

We always craft out luggage labels from Duck Tape. they have so many lovely patterns that they always stand out.

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