A traveler has revealed the three mistakes people make when checking in their suitcases that can lead to lost bags.
This year has seen chaos at airports, including staff shortages and strikes, which have seen luggage regularly go missing.
But there are ways vacationers can either avoid losing their belongings or speed up the recovery process, The sun reports.
In an article for The Washington PostChristopher Elliot explains the three things people can do to keep their luggage safe once they’ve checked it in.
Take a picture of your bag
This simple step can be very useful if your luggage goes missing after it has been checked in.
The recommendation is to take a photo of your bag from four different angles, and its contents, on your phone before each flight.
In the event of loss of baggage, passengers are required to describe what their baggage looks like and what it contains.
With so many similar cases, a photo gives a very clear description of the baggage and helps airport authorities to narrow their search field. Some airlines or airports will even ask for photos if a case goes away, so it’s best to be prepared.
Track your luggage
Fixing luggage can help people do more than just take pictures of their bags.
Using devices like AirTags, passengers can pinpoint the exact location of their baggage, which they can then pass on to airport staff members.
Christopher says luggage manufacturers are now pushing their passengers to use tracking devices.
He wrote: “Luggage manufacturers openly encourage their customers to track their luggage. Samsara Baggage, for example, offers a small pocket for an AirTag in some of their bags.
Have proof that the baggage has been checked in
“The more information you provide to your airline, the faster they can find your missing baggage,” says Christopher.
Airlines will issue passengers with a barcoded baggage tag once their baggage has been checked in.
This tag can help identify any lost luggage, so it is important that passengers hold their side of the tag until they collect their luggage.
However, the barcode will also provide the airline with important information about the bag and its intended route.
Without this, the staff will only have the details on which the passenger needs to proceed.
This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced with permission