Before we get ready for a trip, most of us like to make sure everything is safe and secure - from our homes to our luggage. So to save our suitcases from the risk of going missing, we might add an identification tag with our name and address written on it. Seems like the safe thing to do, right?
Well, the problem is that instead of adding to security, this could actually do the opposite. Travel expert Richard Clive Owens explains that putting that ID tag on your bag “says ‘This house is empty, please burgle - and take your time.” And he says you might be tempted to use a friend’s address instead, but that only makes them more likely to be robbed because the burglars don’t know or care whose house it is.
So what can we do to our luggage to help get it back in case it’s lost? Owens suggests using a work address instead, along with your cell number. That way, if there’s an issue with your smartphone, your name and work address will help you and your suitcase be reunited. Safe travels!