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Luggage Lessons to Make Your Trip Easier

When you’re looking forward to a trip, you’re likely not thinking about your luggage. However, by doing a little preparation, you can make your trip much easier. Here, our EWR Airport parking company shares some luggage lessons that are worth learning:

Carry-ons

We’ve mentioned several times throughout our blogs that opting for carry-on luggage instead of checked luggage can make your trip go much more smoothly. By skipping the checked luggage, you won’t have to worry about the airport or the airline losing it. In addition, when you pack all of your belongings into a carry-on, you’ll have access to everything you need at all times and you’ll always know where your possessions are. In addition, you’ll save money, as most airlines allow passengers a carry-on suitcase free of charge.

 

Bold Bags

At our EWR Airport parking company, we’re a big fan of bold pieces of luggage. If you’re in the market for a new suitcase or bag, choose one that sports a unique pattern or a bold color. It will be much easier to spot when you have to find it among the other pieces of luggage in baggage claim.

Contact Information

If you’re checking your luggage, it should have your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address) attached to the outside. The easiest way to do this is to invest in a durable luggage tag, but if you don’t have one, you can usually fill out a paper tag from the airline. In addition, your luggage should also have your contact information inside (preferably in an easily-accessible place). This way, if your outer tag gets lost or destroyed and someone else ends up with your luggage, they’ll have a way to contact you.

Weigh In

Every airline has a limit for how much your checked piece of luggage can weigh (many times, it’s 50 pounds). If your luggage weighs more, you’ll either have to take some of your belongings out or face hefty overweight fees. To avoid a surprise when you check your luggage, weigh it before you leave the house. You can easily do this with a luggage scale or if you don’t have one, simply step on a regular scale while holding your luggage to figure out its weight.

Lost Luggage

When the airport or airline loses your luggage, it can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with – especially since all you probably want to do is relax on your vacation. To make things easier, it’s important to know what to do if your luggage is lost. First, check your other baggage claim carousels to see if there are any pieces of luggage left behind. It’s possible that someone grabbed your bag instead of theirs by mistake. If you find one, you may be able to contact the person and switch bags. If there are no leftover bags, head right to the airline customer service desk and let them know that your luggage is lost. Make sure you provide a detailed description of what it looks like and what’s inside. After that, make sure you inform your hotel of your situation so they can keep a lookout for your luggage.

Fees

In the travel world, there are several fees associated with luggage: a checked bag fee, an overweight fee, and an oversize fee. The amount varies by airline so before you fly, make sure you’re aware of how much each of these fees is. To avoid them, pack a carry-on or make sure your checked luggage is under the weight limit and size limit.