Don’t Just Manage The Situation, Contingency Plan To Reduce Hassle
Nothing can spoil a holiday quite like a lost suitcase. After spending hours trawling the high street for new holiday outfits, perfectly packing those essential items and toiletries and looking forward to taking off your travel clothes and heading straight the hotel pool, it’s frustrating waiting at the luggage carousel only to realise that your suitcase hasn’t made it to your destination.
Although airlines and airports will make an effort to track down your luggage, it can be days until you’re finally reunited with your suitcase. This wait can put a serious dampener on your break, especially if you’re only going away for a week.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a lost luggage back-up plan so that your week in the sun isn’t completely ruined by a lost bag. Here are our top tips on how to create your own lost luggage plan.
As long as there are luggages being lost, there is a chance it can be yours. Hence always pack with this in mind to minimise the hassle if or when it does happen.
Selective Packing – What to Check-In, What to Carry-On
Split your packings up between check-in and carry-on bags using these premises:
- Do not check-in anything that can’t be replaced or replaced immediately e.g. medication, contact lenses, or anything that you know will not be reimbursed for when it goes missing. For example, most airlines’ contract of carriage absolves them from liability for lost jewellery and electronics etc.
- As most insurance will cover essential items, such items can easily to replaced when in cities hence checking in most of these items will not present too much of a problem. However, if you are setting off to some small island or remote areas further away from modern conveniences, you may want to bring more in your carry-on.
- Consider packing a full day or two of essentials and attire to tie you over in the unfortunate event that you do lose your luggage.
Cross Pack by Sharing Suitcase Space
Using our LeanPac®Combination System Packing Cubes, get everyone in your group to fill one cube with essential items such as phone chargers, medication, shorts and t-shirt and underwear. The idea is that no individual should have all of his or her belongings in a single bag. Once the cubes are ready, swap them with another person in your group and take someone else’s in return. This way, should a case go missing, they’ll at least have something to wear for a day or so and can access their vital essentials.
MANAGEMENT OF THE SITUATION
Take Photos Of Your Luggage & Contents
Its far easier to show airport staff a photo of your luggage rather than explain its appearance, especially if their English isn’t great. Make sure that you take photos of your suitcase once it’s packed so that airport staff can easily identify it should a label have slipped off.
Its also a good idea to take a photo or two of your open suitcase with some of the most valuable items inside as this can be very useful if your suitcase never appears and you need to make a claim on your travel insurance.
Credit Card Receipts
If your luggage isn’t likely to show up anytime soon and your travel insurance covers you for expenses relating to replacing missing items, use a credit card to purchase replacement items of clothing and other essentials. This way, you’ve got a complete record and receipt of anything you’ve had to buy to provide to your travel insurance company once you arrive home and need to make a claim.