If you’re planning to have a quick trip or flying internationally, luggage tags are essential travel accessories that you must have. They make identifying your luggage fast and easy.
If filled with the right information, luggage tagscan be a lifesaver for your belongings. That is why it is important to attach a separate luggage tag with all the necessary information to ensure that your luggage is returned to you if it gets lost. But you also don’t want to reveal too much personal information in your luggage tag. This guide will tell you what information you should write on luggage tags to help you ensure your luggage is ready for your next trip.
Information You Should Include In Luggage Tags
The information you provide on your luggage tags should make it easy for airline or transportation employees to contact you if your luggage is lost or mishandled.
- Name: You must write your name on your luggage tag. Your name should be on what is written in your passport, airline tickets, or boarding pass. If you’re traveling with your family with multiple suitcases for family members, it is recommended to put one primary contact name on all suitcases.
- Contact Number:Write the number where the airlines will be able to reach you. If you carry a cell phone and can be contacted at your destination, your destination’s contact number is often the best way for the airlines to reach you. If you are traveling to another country, be sure to write the complete contact number (country code, area code, and phone number).
- Alternate Phone Number: Writing an alternate phone number, like a voicemail line or contact number of someone you trust to receive messages for you, is an excellent option in ensuring you will still receive important messages while traveling.
- Hotel or destination contact number: If you have your hotel or destination’s contact number, you can also write it on your luggage tag. These can be helpful if you will not have or limited cell phone access in the area you are traveling to. Be sure to include the country code if you are traveling to another country.
- Email Address:If you have access to email on your travels, this can be helpful. Airlines often send email communication confirmations, so it is useful to have multiple contact options on your luggage tags.
Information You Should NOT Write In Luggage Tags
A lot of travelers write their home address and home phone number.
It’s not a great idea to write this information because you never know who might be reading and getting information on your luggage.
- Home address: A lot of travelers write their home address on their luggage tags. Writing home addresses in the luggage tag is not a great idea because your personal items or even your identity can be stolen if you are not careful with information that you put out into the world. However, it is entirely up to you what information you will write in your luggage because others feel that having a home address is practical if their luggage will get lost. If you’re not comfortable writing your home address but feel the need to include it in your luggage tag, consider using your office address or work address if you work outside the home.
- Home Phone Number: It is not also a great idea to write home phone numbers on luggage tags because potential thieves might get access to your luggage. This kind of information is precisely what thieves want to get. Since your luggage is attached outside your suitcase, potential thieves could quickly get a copy of the information in your tad and rob your house while you’re away.
What To Write Carry On Luggage Tag
For carry on luggage, your luggage tag should have the following information:
- Your name with your first name shortened to one letter.
- Your email address on the next line.
- Your cell phone number with the right country and area code.
Like your checked luggage, your carry-on luggage should also have two luggage tags, One on the outside with your full name, email address, and cell phone number. The tag inside your carry-on luggage should duplicate the information you placed in your checked luggage.
Always keep in mind that sometimes carry-on bags may become a checked bag at the gate if storage compartments become full before you board the plane.
What to write on Your Child’s Luggage Tag
You should avoid writing your child’s name on their luggage tags for security reasons. It’s important to protect your child’s identity. Instead, write your name and contact information. The goal is to provide the information required so that your child’s luggage will be returned to you if they get lost. Place these tags on your child’s stroller, luggage, backpack, or diaper bags. If your child is traveling with a companion, place your child’s first name and the name of the companion on your child’s luggage tag.
Luggage Tag Tips
Clearly write all the information on the luggage tag. It is best to print all the information, so it is legible.
- Use durable, waterproof, and easy to identify luggage tags.
- Place a secondary luggage tag inside your checked suitcase so that if the exterior luggage tag gets accidentally ripped off, the luggage tag inside will work as a backup. Use a sturdy tag in color or design that can be identified easily for your outside luggage tag. For your inside luggage tag, place the tag in an area where it will be visible as soon as you open your luggage. Include some additional information on the tag like your destination, alternative contacts for your destination, and home. The inside luggage tag may be used if your luggage is lost or the outside luggage tag is lost.
- Always remove any airline stickers before checking your bag. Having too many tags or labels on your suitcase may make it harder for the baggage handlers to find the right label, so your baggage might be misplaced if they use the wrong tags.
Protect Your Luggage with Luggage Tags
Luggage tags serve an essential purpose in protecting your luggage while traveling. It allows people to easily and quickly identify who the luggage belongs to. It also provides a way for your luggage to be returned to you if you lost them at the airport. Writing the necessary information on your luggage tag is also a way for you to ensure that your travel or vacation is enjoyable and successful.