Dress up your luggage

Dress up your luggage to make it easier to spot on the conveyor belt

Dress up your luggage

Whether travelling on a long or short flight, the last thing any of us want to do is to spend longer than needed waiting at the baggage carousel for luggage. By making your luggage easy to spot you will ensure that you are out of the airport with a minimum of fuss. Andrea shares some tips for making your luggage stand out.

If you are purchasing or upgrading luggage – do not pick black, navy or dark green (as the overwhelming majority of people do). Choose instead brightly coloured or striking, patterned luggage that will be easy to spot. Alternatively, bags that are of a unique or even ugly design will make them more noticeable.

If you already own dark luggage, there are a number of ways to embellish your bags to make them stand out from the crowd.

  • Dress up the handle of your bag by adding stripes of bright duct tape.

  • Tie a ribbon or strip of fabric to the handle and zips of your suitcase. Make sure it is tied securely so it does not come off easily, but don’t make it too long as it could get snagged on the conveyor belt. Even better, use multiple ribbons and braid them together for an even brighter addition to your luggage.

Look in the discount bins at the fabric stores or op shops for material, ribbons or scarves in bright colours. Even a gaudy old shirt you are throwing out can be cut up and tied to your luggage.

  • Add stickers or transfers to the tops and sides of your luggage so you can recognise it from any angle.  You can purchase sheets of stickers from craft shops quite cheaply, so even if the stickers get banged and scratched in transit they are easily replaced for your next trip.

  • Release your inner graffiti artist and spray paint your luggage. You can choose to paint your bag one easily identifiable colour, or get really adventurous and use a number of colours. You will definitely find it easy to spot your luggage coming down the carousel.

  • Print and laminate your own custom luggage tags. You can have an A4 sheet laminated at Officeworks for under two dollars. Create luggage tags that are larger and brighter than normal – on the computer or using coloured textas and paper. Once laminated, cut them apart leaving enough room to punch a hole through the tag. Thread some coloured ribbon through the tag and secure to the handle of your luggage.

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    Polly Esther
    9th Jul 2014
    In that big a hurry? Then catch an earlier flight.
    9th Jul 2014
    We bought some really nice luggage tags from Woodland Park zoo in Seattle. By the time we arrived in LA, they had 'disapppeared' !! Warning to travellers going through Seattle or LA.

    12th Jul 2014
    A good tip....never have a connecting flight under 90 minutes.
    12th Jul 2014
    Seattle to LA was with Alaska airlines, not very reliable, But we had to pick up our cases at LA to go on to a Virgin Atlantic. It took 45 minutes yes 45 to get them. I think they must have been checking every case by x-ray, you know how paranoid americans are. People were fuming at that delay, especially if you have a connecting flight like we did. Why the cases couldn't go straight to the Virgin plane I don't know.
    16th Jul 2014
    So if everyone does as you say, how will anyone find their luggage?
    brightly coloured or striking, patterned luggage that will be easy to spot. Alternatively, bags that are of a unique or even ugly design will make them more noticeable.

    The best option is to take a photo and give it to the airline.

    This happened to me flying from Manchester to Perth. Eventually they found 1 suitcase in Canada, the other one did arrive in Perth with us.
    Very stressfull experience but at least we got the case back after 8 days delivered by courier.

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