Do I Really Need Luggage Tags? | Another Thoughtful Promotional Gift for the Traveller
We really couldn't have written a better explanation of why every bag needs a luggage tag ~ from your carry-on to your checked luggage, and even something packed inside. Following are a few excerpts of an interesting article written by Vanessa of Turnipseedtravel.com, but the full article is well worth reading:
In the digital age, are luggage tags still necessary on airlines? And do you need luggage tags for carry on bags? YES! Here are all the rules you need to know about travel, airlines, and luggage tags.
Put your email address, first initial, and last name. Also, include a phone number where you can be reached during your travel. For privacy, limit the information list on an external luggage tag. If an airline needs additional information, they will look for a tag inside your suitcase.
Sure, it's great that your airline sticks a comprehensive and high tech temporary luggage tag to your suitcase. But that's not enough. Just because you aren't required to use personal luggage tags doesn't mean you shouldn't use them. The sticky airline tags can easily be ripped off or they could be printed with a mistake. And a sticky tag on a black suitcase in no way distinguishes your bag at the luggage carousel. It would be an easy target for mix ups and even theft.
You want a sturdy tag made from a tear resistance material that will hold up well to abuse and snags. Are the stitches small, tight, and even? Can you easily pull at loose treads? If it is held together by glue instead of stitches, can you pry a nail file between the layers? That's a sign that things are already starting to dry out and fall apart.
Another reason savvy travelers put luggage tags on their carry on bags? Just in case you forget a bag in the overhead bin or it is accidentally innocently taken by another traveler, you might just be reunited with your stuff if your bag is clearly labeled. And the benefits don't stop there. If you check into your hotel early and leave your bags - large and small - in the storage room, sturdy luggage tags are just one extra bit of insurance to keep your bag from getting lost.