Holiday-goers – particularly those who have placed their luggage in the hold of an aircraft – often experience a pang of anticipation as they await their bag on the other side. Standing at the baggage carousel, it is a waiting game as to when theirs will surface first or last. For most, any fears are unfounded as their belongings are safely returned to them. Yet for a small few, they face the horror of realising their garments and personal items became lost in transit.
Experts from MyBaggage have told Express.co.uk that putting sense before style may well save a passenger from luggage stress.
They advise to plump for luggage “out of the ordinary”, which therefore may not be matching or perfectly coordinated, so it is easy to spot and less likely, consequently, to get lost.
They said: “Instead of opting for a boring black case, pick a bright colour – sometimes, the uglier the better.
“You could go even further by choosing an unusual shaped case too.”
They added splashing a suitcase with stickers or unusual handle grips could also do the trick.
The travel gurus suggested to “go weird and wacky” with luggage as well as coloured tape.
A spokesperson added: “We’re all familiar with the scenario – you’ve flown to your chosen destination and queued through passport control, but now you’re up against another half hour wait while all the luggage is put through the carousel at reclaim.
“In order to streamline the process a little and avoid the whole ‘is that case mine, or not?’ palaver, we’d recommend using at least one or two of these tips to make your luggage easier to spot, so you can get out of the airport and start enjoying your holiday as soon as possible!”
They finally urged those who do not want to go ugly on their choice of suitcase to opt for a multicoloured luggage strap wrapped around the middle instead.
Meanwhile, the firm also had some sage advice for travellers wanting to protect their hand luggage garments.
They have revealed a simple trick, involving an everyday kitchen item, which will help travellers protect their goods, particularly in a carry-on bag.
They told Express.co.uk: “Pack straighteners or other hair tools in an oven mitt.
“It’ll protect them and everything else if they’re still a little warm.”
If the irons are still hot while in the case, there is a danger they could singe clothing, melt cosmetics bags or even burn through the suitcase itself.
While a mitt might seem pretty chunky, it could prove essential in preserving travellers’ items.