Luggage Identification Hints
Here are some luggage safe-travel hints when traveling by air, car, train, or on a cruise:
Although properly-labeled luggage will increase the likelihood of it being returned to you if it gets lost, it also can send out a message to criminals that you are leaving your house available for them to rob at a leisurely pace. The point is that many people put their name, home address, and home telephone number on their luggage tags, like a neon sign that says, “I’m not going to be home for awhile. Rob me!” Instead, use your office address, if you have one, or a post office box number (which is better). Also, put your office or a friend’s telephone number, since you might not be there to answer the phone if someone is trying to locate the owner of your luggage.
Another precaution: always put your complete identification information INSIDE your luggage as well . . . taped or glued securely as a permanent part of your luggage. Luggage tags can be accidentally pulled off, or destroyed by the weather (rain or snow, for example).
Along with your identification, include your complete itinerary, or preferably someone they can call (who will accept a collect call) to find out where your next destination is (to avoid having the wrong people know your every move). That way, if your luggage is lost and then found, it still has a chance of catching up with you rather than being shipped back home.
Put your complete identification (using just the first initial of your name, especially if you are a woman; and using your business address or post office box number, if possible, so you won’t be stalked or robbed) and a telephone number someone can call to find out your next destination in ALL your “luggage” . . . this includes your video camera bag, your laptop computer case, and your purse. If there is no identification or contact number, there is no way for it to ever find its way back to you if it’s lost (or if it’s stolen and then discarded.)..