That sinking feeling when you misplace your bag is never good. Panic often sets in too, making it hard to remember where you left it. Let’s be honest, losing your bag can ruin your whole day. Especially if the bag you lost contained travel documents, your purse or your child’s favourite bedtime toy. Here are our tips for keeping your possessions safe.
According to an annual Transport for London report, people lose a lot of stuff on the move.
Between April 2015 and March 2016, for instance, they lost 32,929 mobile phones, 11,509 umbrellas, 43,277 items of clothing and 43,068 bags.* So, if you want to avoid becoming a statistic, follow our organisation expert tips for keeping your precious belongings safe when you are on the move:
1.Take less bags.
If you make an effort to travel around light then there’s less to lose. One of the biggest reasons for items being left behind is simply having too many things and not enough hands.
2. Make family members responsible.
If you are travelling with kids, then it’s pretty much impossible not to have extra bags. But you can make life easier by getting your kids to carry their own little rucksacks and by getting your partner to help you stay focused by counting the number of items you have with you, and re-checking throughout the trip.
3. Label and mark everything.
Paper luggage labels can seem old-fashioned, but they are still essential if you want to make sure people know this bag is yours. Another good idea is to tie a brightly coloured ribbon or luggage tag on your bag or case so it’s clear to identify.
4. Invest in a GPS tracker.
Smart technology can help you find your bags if you have accidentally misplaced them or if they are moved from where you left them. Vodafone now offers a great little smart device that clips onto your bag. V- Bag by Vodafone lets you track your bag’s location via your phone even when you’re not nearby. It also allows you to set-up a safe area, when you leave your bag in a left luggage store, for example, it will alert you when someone moves it away from your set “safe perimeter” (GPS and Vodafone network coverage required).
*Source – http://content.tfl.gov.uk/