An executive at a tech company that specializes in preventing lost baggage has revealed the most important item to pack in your carry-on.
While checking your suitcase comes with the pressure of stuffing everything in your carry-on, it’s important to know what to pack and what to take with you on the plane.
Yohanna Isis, head of tagging at baggage tracking technology company Gegotold The US Sun in an exclusive interview to “pack your most important and valuable items such as medicines, travel documents, electronics and valuable jewelry in a carry-on bag.”
“This ensures that even if you lose your checked baggage, you still have your most important belongings with you.”
While there are technologies like Gego GPS to help you track your luggage, it’s important to be prepared for anything. That’s why Yohanna also listed things to avoid when packing your checked baggage.
“Avoid putting important documents such as passports, ID cards, itineraries or valuable items such as jewelry, electronics or cash in your checked baggage,” the expert said.
“Keep these items in your carry-on baggage to minimize the risk of loss or theft.”
If, despite your best efforts, you lose your luggage, it is important to act quickly.
“If your luggage is lost, damaged, or delayed, report it to the airline’s baggage service desk immediately,” Yohanna said.
“A delay in reporting may make it more difficult to resolve the issue and impact any compensation or assistance you may be entitled to,” the travel expert added.
Yohanna said passengers shouldn’t rely solely on external luggage locks to keep their valuables safe.
“While using locks on your luggage can provide a level of security, it is important to note that these are not foolproof.
“Don’t rely solely on external locks to protect your property,” the expert said.
Yohanna reiterated, “Valuables should be kept in your carry-on baggage,” adding, “It’s advisable to use TSA-approved locks if you need to secure your checked baggage.”
If you’re on a short vacation and choose not to check bags, The US Sun shared tips on TikTok from a mom on how to pack a week’s worth of clothes with just a backpack.
The TikToker (@thetravelmum) explained that the trick is to roll up the clothes and stuff them into all the empty spaces in the backpack.