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When on a recent trip, I noticed one traveler attached a colorful nylon "scrubbie" to his luggage. Not only was it cute, but really stood out from the rest of us with ribbon attached to our luggage. The dollar store sells them and really makes it easy to identify your luggage. Happy traveling!
By Tedebear from San Jose CA
All great ideas! Also, I stand near where the luggage is coming out (not on the other side of the carousel). That way no one else has the opportunity to steal my bag if it's on the carousel too long. I travel for a living, and have learned that there unfortunately are people who hang around luggage carousels just to steal bags. Sad.
I have plain, black luggage, which looks like many others. To identify mine, I took acrylic craft paint, and using a stencil, painted a flower. On the larger pieces, I used the end of a dowel to put pink polka dots on them. They were easily spotted, even at a distance!
By Marlene from Pittsburgh, PA
GREAT IDEA !! I did the yarn thing the last time I went home to La and I was not alone. I think I'll take this advice next time around. Thanks for the post !
Since so many bags look alike nowadays, we put colorful stickers from a local store (a marine supply one, actually) on our luggage to identify them on the luggage carousel.
By Pamphyila from Los Angeles
What a wonderful idea! My mother-in-love flies home to St. Louis, MO at least once every year to visit her family up there and I think this could REALLY help out when they are watching for her bags! Maybe I will print out some "Dr. Phil for President" stickers for her! ;) Thanks for BOTH ideas!
Sheila from Titusville, FL
Making your luggage easy to identify quickly saves time at the airline baggage carousel. I use a brightly coloured tape available at art or office supply stores, and create an 8 inch tall initial and stick it to my luggage. Easy to pick out, even from a distance.
I stenciled paw prints on my luggage. I had a lot of people wanting to know if I bought it that way. So many people tie things to their luggage, but I was the only one with paw prints!
To spot your luggage easier at the airport when it comes on the conveyor belt, use a decal and paint a picture on the back of your suit case. You will be able to spot it easier then using ribbons. Works great and you never need to redo this.
What I do with my luggage is put a cloth type red tape, like the gray duct tape, around the luggage. Then I put big angel stickers on the tape, and I always get my luggage the first time around!
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What I do with my luggage is put a cloth type red tape, like the gray duct tape, around the luggage. Then I put big angel stickers on the tape, and I always get my luggage the first time around! I travel quite a bit and the stickers have yet to come off! I'm an angel lover so I know what to look for! (03/14/2005)
My family has always used pom poms made out of yarn to be able to find our luggage. My mom buys yarn in the brightest colour she can find, and we can always find our navy blue and black suitcases.
To make pom poms: gather many yarn pieces (around 10 inches) length-wise, as if making a yarn doll. Knot a piece around the middle. Fold in half and knot another piece around all the yarn. (07/31/2005)