When traveling, there are some very important key factors that should be taken in account when transporting luggage, whether it be big or small, one or many. Many people do not realize that labeling their bags is that big of a deal. However, it is one of the first things a traveler should do to prevent any mishaps if there should be any mix-up in the transferring process throughout the trip.
Bringing only carry-on luggage is strongly advised, considering you lessen the risk of having your bags stolen or reported lost. The lighter the bag is the better. This is especially true if you are planning on storing your baggage in the overhead storage compartment. If you have to bring extra baggage that the overhead storage bins cannot contain, or are attempting to carry on an item of 40 pounds or heavier, you must comply with the airline's policy to check the bag(s).
This is mandatory to ensure that neither you nor anyone in your vicinity is harmed by heavy luggage if it should happen to fall down. Once you arrive at your destination, it is best to immediately report to baggage claim and retrieve your baggage before stopping for anything. To ensure that you will be sure to be able to identify your luggage, it is wise to customize your bag(s) in appearance, making it easier for it to immediately grasp your attention.
Valuable items that are of great significance are to be kept out of sight, either within the luggage that they were originally packed in, or beneath the seat where it cannot be stolen or fall out of the owner's reach. If checking bags, one should be sure to confirm their airport's three-letter identifier code, which is labeled with the traveler's destination location. For this reason, it is crucial that all the information on the baggage is correct, and falls in line in regards to the travelers' information to avoid any mistake in transit. In case such a mistake should occur, the traveler should make sure to hold on to the document provided at baggage check, which will help the airline's to assist with validating your claim of any lost luggage.
Though it is a great thing to be positive, one should always be prepared for the worst. Even if you are sure to follow through with all baggage claim and travel precautions, you should still plan ahead just in case of negligence on behalf of the airline, or simply ill-luck. Thinking ahead of what may happen if there should be a delay or problem with retrieving your suitcases by packing special emergency items needed during your stay there is equally important.
If there should happen to be an emergency that occurs within the duration of part of your trip which requires an evacuation, you should remember that it is a vital to you and everyone aboard to leave their valued possessions to prevent any problems with the passengers departing from the craft. Damage done to baggage is something that should be immediately checked for. If major damage is done to a passenger's luggage, they may be entitled to filing a claim for compensation.