Luggage tags are an indispensable part of traveling. They help identify your suitcase in the event that it gets lost or stolen, and they can also be used to identify your luggage if you’re trying to ship something via FedEx or UPS. While there are many kinds of luggage tags on the market today, I prefer ones with my name, address, and cell phone number written on them in permanent marker because they’re easy to write on (especially if you don’t have any handwriting skills) and last longer than paper ones that get ripped after one trip through an airport conveyor belt. Here’s how to attach your own
1. Write your name and address on the tag with a permanent marker.
Write your name and address on the tag with a permanent marker. This is one of the most important aspects of your luggage tag. Make sure you write in large, clear letters so that whoever finds it can easily read them. Your name should be first, followed by your address, which should include your city or town’s zip code (or other identifier). Be sure to write neatly! You don’t want people wondering why they have to squint at all these tiny words!
2. In the case of a potential loss, also write your contact information or that of a loved one, such as your cell phone number.
In the case of a potential loss, also write your contact information or that of a loved one, such as your cell phone number. This will help you to quickly regain control over the item if it is discovered by someone other than yourself. If you can, include your email address and social media handles so that you can be reached if your luggage is found.
3.0 Put the tag on the handle or strap of the suitcase with a carabiner so it doesn’t get caught in machinery.
Next, attach the tag to your suitcase’s handle or strap with a carabiner. Carabiners are strong, spring-loaded clips that allow you to attach items together securely and easily. They can be purchased at most hardware stores or online, and they’re small enough to fit into any pocket or purse.
Attach the luggage tag with a carabiner by attaching one end of the tag onto an open loop on the carabiner (the end opposite to where it locks shut). Make sure that it’s locked in place before traveling!
The luggage tag should be attached such that it doesn’t get caught in machinery but can be easily read if someone finds your suitcase.
You’ll want to attach the luggage tag in a place that’s easy for other people to find but also doesn’t get caught in machinery or cause damage if it comes loose.
Attach it to the handle/strap—this is probably the most common way of attaching a luggage tag. It’s not ideal because someone could remove it by pulling on the handle, but if someone finds your suitcase, they’ll probably try opening it by pulling on the zipper anyway. So this might be okay.
Don’t attach it outside—if something happens with your checked-in bag and you can’t find where your suitcase went because there are thousands of them waiting for pickup at baggage claim, then an attached luggage tag may help you identify which one was yours (if others aren’t doing this too). However, unless you’re checking a valuable piece of equipment that would be expensive to replace or repair (e.g., camera equipment), I wouldn’t recommend doing this because exposing your bag like this leaves room for mistakes like forgetting which bag was yours or accidentally picking up someone else’s bag by mistake (this has happened before).
Luggage tags are a simple way to make sure that your luggage gets back to you. They’re inexpensive, easy to attach and remove, and they provide peace of mind when traveling with valuables or important documents inside your suitcase. However, it’s important not only to buy quality tags that will last through many trips but also to ensure that they’re attached properly so that no one will mistake them for trash!