What you can do to prevent lost luggage when traveling
Something that happens more often than one would care to think about, but which can also be cause of stress and worry for anyone who is undertaking a journey by air with valuable baggage. There are a few things of course which one do well in giving some thought before you drop your luggage at the check in.
One of the most common causes of lost luggage is due to the fact of tight schedules, tight connections and late check-ins. Ensuring that you are always in good time before your flight takes off, will also reduce the risk for your luggage being lost. When planning your travel, unless of course you are traveling with children it’s a good idea to also ensure that any connecting flights are booked with ample time in between.
Of course upon check-in your bag will be tagged, but what will no doubt help should a bag go astray is of course ensuring that your name and contact details are on it. The paper tags can be torn off during transit, and ensuring that you have your name and contact details clearly and accessibly for anyone who may be tasked with finding its right owner. There are many travel bags which provide, as a feature, a little plastic pocket on the exterior of the bag in which you can easily note down your information without it being at risk of becoming lost.
At the desk when parting with your luggage, also ensure that you get the receipt, the small piece of each tag which is torn off for your safe keeping, meaning that the opposite end can always be located. Ensure that you also keep these in a safe place, in your wallet or with your boarding passes and other tickets. And of course don’t forget to check that you have the travel insurance you need to cover any lost luggage as well.
The importance of documentation
You have all heard the horror stories from people who have been robbed or lost their credentials when travelling. These stories are surely disconcerting, however here the team feels that they should not be overweighed and count as a factor to stop yourself from your dream travels. In the larger picture the risks are small, and instead of opting out due to fear, doing your research and preparing well is what is advocated here.
Of the risk of travel is depending on where you are going, and the team here would never recommend that you put yourself in a zone of conflict or where the situation is unstable, but other than that as long as you ensure that you have your bases covered. You are no more at risk travelling than you are walking home in your home city or town. Of course that means also, as when you are at home you keep your wits about you and don’t take risky routes of dark alleyways and instead choose crowded areas and known streets to make your way.
Reading up on the risks of the particular place that you are going to is important, keeping your documentation on your person, perhaps in a close to body bag, and of course ensuring that you know where the embassy of your country is should you against all odds fall victim to being mugged or lose your passport. Keeping copies of your paperwork in online storage is also a great idea, regardless of what your travel destination is, meaning that you will always have access to them, speeding up any process which may take place should disaster strike. However, disasters are rare, and by being prepared you will be able to enjoy a relaxed holiday abroad!
The best way to make your wait at the airport convenient and productive
There are a few things which are often mentioned as a challenge for those who travel a lot, especially for those who also have to travel with work and business. In these situations the reason for the flight is not to relax but to get stuff done, and with a long chunk of time at the airport, and in transit there is plenty of time lost which is simply no good to a busy working woman or man. So the team at RAK would like to give you some advice on what to do to make the most out of your ever so common airport time.
We know that if you are a frequent flyer, then you will be well on your way to develop your own airport routine, and that is not too hard to do, most airports are similar in a multitude of ways, and what the fanatics here suggests, is that you leave the shop browsing, the consuming, with the exception of some drinks as that is something that long days of flying leaves us forgetting.
Then, just ensure that you have a good work station with you, there are a countless number of great products out there which will allow you to work on your own, which will allow you to do what you need to be doing from almost any chair or table, and in an ergonomic position. After the workstation is set up, ensure that you always know what you are working on, by setting yourself a specific task, one which you have chosen specifically to do at the airport, as it’s of a nature which can be done with some noise around, and where intense concentration is not needed for longer periods of times.