Most folks have a personal info tag on their luggage. Then the airlines add another one and finally the cruise line provides a tag to get your bags from the terminal to your cabin. Let’s start with the personal tag.

The personal tag was probably put on when you bought the luggage and hasn’t been updated since. Bad idea. You need to change the tag each time you travel. You should actually add multiple personal tags to your luggage. Put one on the handle and one on each of the major zipper pulls. Why? Anything hanging on the outside of your luggage can easily get torn off. The odds of all of them getting torn off is much lower.

On your tags should be your name, a direct-to-you phone number (like your cell phone), your destination contact phone, and your email address. DO NOT put your home address or land-line phone. You’re traveling; anyone who reads your luggage tag knows you’re not going to be home. That includes the experienced thieves who linger in terminals for just that reason. Why exclude the land-line phone? It doesn’t take long to get your address in a reverse phone directory. Plus, what good would it do to call your home if you’re on the ship when your luggage is located?

Airline tags are printed for you but make sure to check that your name and the destination are correct. Also, be sure to remove any old tags.

The cruise tags should contain your name, ship and cabin number. Most lines have moved to online documents so you can print them yourself before leaving home. You can also get the old style tags at the terminal if you like, just be sure to put the necessary info on the tags before handing them over to the porters.

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  1. Arlene Martell says:

    I love this luggage tag tips. I did not think that putting my home address was a problem, but you never know who is looking at your luggage! I am going to use this tips for my next trip. Thanks!

  2. Chris Molnar says:

    Good point on the home address – I never even thought of thieves hanging out at airports looking to see which houses would be empty.

  3. Sylphy says:

    Something I would add to this is to laminate your cruise tags with packing tape at home ahead of time – that way they have less of a chance of getting ripped off between the dock & your room. 🙂

  4. Anne Betts says:

    I agree completely. I also favour internal luggage tags reflecting my itinerary and lost-and-found tags as suggested in the following “Luggage tag tips:”
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  5. Malcolm says:

    The issue with thieves knowing that you are home has another solution: has luggage tags with a code, alongside either a phone number and website address. Anyone finding lost luggage can call the number or go the website and enter the code. Then they can speak to, or email/SMS the owner. Personal details are kept private at all times.

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