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Make Your Check-in Luggage Easy to Distinguish
What if your check-in bag looks exactly like someone else's?
You manufacturer could have flooded the World with identical bags... And this can be a nightmare at the airport.
Don't lose your bag, make it distinguishable!
I had gone through two odd experiences when I had a hard time finding my bag.
Once, I picked someone else's rolling back from the belt (oops!). It looked oddly similar to mine.
Trust me: I have an excellent memory, but it can still happen... with so many variations of bags on similar shapes, sizes and colours (many of the same brand), my mind was spinning...
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It's much worse when you find yourself surrounded with 100 % identical type bags.
I had this nightmare at Kuala Lumpur's airport, when I had to wait a very long line and find my Samsonite rolling bag put aside, near a baggage carousel, along with 7-8 other bags. 75 % identical.
I was able to distinguish mine thanks to my luggage tag and my metallic locks on the zipper handles.
Clearly, much more is required to make a piece of check-in luggage easy to distinguish. Others might not look at small distinctive signs and may take your bag.
And then you'll never see each other again!
How heart breaking...
So, here are a few tips for you...
#1 Wrap special tape around the handles
Pick a unique-looking colourful tape and wrap it around.
Single colour tapes aren't bad, but it's best if yours has a pattern, writing or drawing on it.
This way, if someone accidentally grabs your bag's handle, they will immediately notice it's not theirs.
I personally think the best idea to distinguish your check-in bag is to wrap such tape around its handle. The handle is the best component to differentiate.
(You don't have to put duct tape right on your bag's handle - you should put some insulating material around the handle first).
#2 Put stickers or embroidered logos on your bag
The bag itself can host such emblems. It's a stylish way to distinguish your bag, if you won't regret it afterwards...
Back in the 1960's and 1970's there it was fashionable to have all sorts of embroidered logos or stickers on your travel bag.
#3 Secure either a strap, belt or web around your bag
The strap mustn't be a sticking one that leaves glue remains on your bag, but one that can be locked.
It can even be a web that wrapping around your bag.
The problem with these straps and webs is that they can get your luggage stuck somewhere.
Your bag might get "hung up" and then things could get more complicated (luggage loss and other issues)...
#4 Use a distinctive luggage tag
If you want to remain more discreet (if you're a business traveler, then it's surely the case), then try picking a distinguishable luggage tag.
Nothing outrageously "screaming", just something that stands out.
#5 Tie something onto your bag's handle(s)
You can tie a distinctive colourful strap or belt or something else hanging that distinguishes it.
It should stand out from a longer distance, so that it repels others from picking it up and makes you remember it's yours...
#6 Use spray paint to mark the bottom of the luggage or the wheels
A brutal way for differentiating your bag.
Perhaps if your bag is "ugly enough" or if you just carry cargo boxes, sacks that don't even fit into the category of bags, you can use the spray variant.
The disadvantage is that the bottom part is the least noticeable. Of course, you can go on spraying your entire bag, but that's so silly!
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