There is nothing worse than losing your luggage after a long flight. The last thing you want to do is spend more time at the airport and you don’t want your vacation to be ruined because you won’t have various items you need that you packed in the checked luggage.
You should do whatever you can to help prevent your luggage from being lost or unavailable for too long. Here are a few tips:
If possible, pack all of your electronics in your carry-on bag. Electronics can look suspicious during luggage inspections and delay the luggage from being placed on the airplane. If you do pack electronics in your checked luggage, place them all in a single quart-sized resealable bag so the inspector does not have to rummage through the luggage to inspect everything and delay the bag from reaching the airplane.
You should write out your itinerary including your final destination, your hotel and a phone number the airline can reach you out and place it on top of your clothing and other items in your luggage. This could help expedite the process of the luggage being delivered to you if it isn’t available at the airport after the flight.
#3. RIGHT ON TIME
Some travelers like to arrive at the airport very early before a flight and complete their check-in and the TSA security checkpoints to relax before boarding the airplane. The problem here is that you do not want to check your bag too long before the flight. The longer a piece of luggage sits around, the greater the chance it gets lost or forgotten. I recommend you do not check your luggage any earlier than 90 minutes before the flight.
Of course, the best way to avoid losing luggage is to only pack carry-on bags. If it is at all possible to avoid checking baggage, I recommend it. Find carry-on policies here.
You can wear layers and additional clothing on an airplane to free up space in luggage and you can pack the correct size liquids for airplanes to avoid having to check larger containers with too many ounces of liquids.