More Lost Luggage Tips: (5) Pack less than you need as you probably WON’T use ALL of what you pack (6) Take pictures of each piece of luggage you’re going to check (7) Have a couple of extra copies of your basic itinerary printed out and put inside each piece of luggage - that way your luggage "can find you!" (8) Label your luggage on the outside (9) Label your luggage on the inside (10) If you’re traveling with a partner or spouse, split some items between the two bags.
Make sure you Passport is current. Most countries have rules about how many months past your return date your passport must be valid. Some countries require three months past your return date, others six months. When in doubt, Renew - or ask your travel consultant! Give yourself 8-10 weeks if you plan on renewing your passport. DO make a color-copy of your photo page in your passport. Hopefully you won't need it...
Know you Luggage Limitations. Certainly luggage allowances have changed over the years. Check with your carrier/travel consultant before your next overseas trip. On many smaller, overseas carriers, luggage is a highly restricted – and profitable – line of business! So, if you have other flights, check their limitations and know that any exception will be expensive. And if you’re planning on carrying MORE home than you came with, make sure you have “planned” the room for your acquisitions.
Lost luggage - it could happen to you. I would suggest you consider these preventive steps: (1) First, assume your luggage will be lost – prepare for the worst-case scenario. (2) Choose what you’ll wear on the plane carefully – If your luggage gets lost, you may be in these clothes for some time! (3) Always carry a change of “clothes – or undergarments” in your carry-on. (4) Always carry your medicines and other health required items