A few small changes to the way you manage your luggage can help avoid unnecessary airport delays.
At Corporate Traveller, we understand how important it is for your travel to be smooth and efficient. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination to find that your luggage has gone astray, with those all-important documents, your business suit and more inside. So here are some packing tips that will see you hit the ground running.
To help ensure your bags reach your destination with you:
- Always remove old airline tags and attach a label with your name and contact details where you can be reached at your destination. A copy inside the bag is a good idea too, in case the label comes off the bag.
- When you check-in your bags, make sure you get the correct number of luggage claim stubs and that each is marked with the right destination.
- Avoid bag damage by securing loose handles and straps, which can get caught on conveyer belts.
- Locking your bags makes it more difficult for anyone to tamper with your luggage, but remember to use TSA-approved luggage locks if travelling via the USA, where your bag may be randomly searched.
- Mark your bag with a brightly coloured strap to make it easier to identify on the baggage carousel.
- Take medication in your carry-on baggage. Make sure it is in its original, labelled container and carry your doctor’s prescriptions with you.
- Never wrap or package gifts and souvenirs. If security personnel need to inspect them, the effort will be wasted and it will slow your progress through immigration.
Sometimes even the most careful planning is not enough. To minimise the impact of lost luggage, consider the following:
- Make a list of items you have packed and their estimated value. Keep it in a safe place until you return home.
- Report any missing or damaged items before you leave the airport, this will speed up tracing your luggage and processing claims.
- Don’t travel without a USB stick. It will allow you to keep back-up copies of important documents and presentations, should your luggage get lost or your laptop damaged.
- Always pack at least one change of clothes in your carry-on luggage as well as your toiletries, so you won’t have to go shopping prior to your meeting if your bag is lost.
- Power chargers for your phone and laptop are another must for your carry-on luggage.
- Make copies of all of your important travel documents (passport, tickets, itinerary, drivers licence etc) and store a set in a pocket of your carry-on luggage.
- Keep customer service contact numbers in your wallet in case you find yourself with a dead battery and a delayed or cancelled flight.
Rules on what must be carried in checked and carry-on luggage change and vary from airline to airline, so check the regulations each time you fly.
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