3 Quick Baggage Tips for Travelers By a Traveler - Inspect Your Luggage
In all my years of travel, I must say, I have only had my luggage lost and recovered twice.
Overall, 80% of the time my luggage has arrived to its destination.
There’s nothing like watching travelers be mesmerized by the luggage carousel in baggage claim. Watching it go round-and-round in anticipation of their personalized neon bow-tied, scarf-draped, or designer LouisV luggage appear. What really irritates me is how the baggage handlers toss the luggage like it's a Glad trash bag.
Does that ring a bell? The answer is “YES!”
However, this time I was blindsighted. Yup, happens to the best of us.
The one thing I lost sight of and need to add to my list is ‘damaged luggage’. I didn’t realize until I was half way home in the car my nice Wenger luggage was damaged (big sigh).
Rock, Paper, Scissors - You never know what’s gonna happen.
Here are three quick reminders to keep in the back of your head:
Tip #1 – I have always taken it for granted, but going forward, I will be inspecting my luggage after I take it off the belt. Most times your just happy to get on with your vacay.
Tip #2 – Most luggage companies come with a limited lifetime warranty. Most luggage companies don’t cover improper handling or damage caused by carrier. Upon arrival, check for any damage to your luggage and take pictures with a time/date stamp. Doesn't hurt to take pictures before you leave either - helpful evidence.
One more thing.
Tip #3 – Next, notify your carrier in person before leaving airport or, at the latest, 24 hours after receiving your bag for domestic and 7 days for international travel. Failure to report any damage, releases the carrier from any liability. Every carrier has different rules and regs, so check their individual policy.
And you know what?
It’s true. I missed my opportunity.
Now you know the rules. Jus sayin. In the end you will have to weigh the price of getting new luggage to the incovenience of justifying your case.
Is it worth it? Something to consider.
P.S. Also, at the end of this blog post, I ask you a simple question. I'd love to hear your answer.
Question: Do you have any baggage? Ahem, I mean baggage stories to help traveler?
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