I always check an ugly suitcase. My Aunt Denise taught me from an early age to check the ugliest most beat up suitcase you have. To this day, I continue to check the obnoxious orchid colored suitcase she gifted me for Christmas when I was twelve. Don’t get me wrong I love great luggage and have two beautiful Steamline carry-ons, but there are a number of reasons that Aunt Denise is completely right.
If you were thinking of stealing from luggage what bag would you pick: the shiny new Goyard bag that is almost guaranteed to have designer items or the beat up brandless, potential kid’s suitcase? There are a lot of stories of theft from checked bags including a recent case in Denver.
Checked Bags Get Beat Up
Baggage handlers do not care that your luggage is Louis Vuitton. Bags get tossed around, luggage carts get left in the rain, and bags get stacked on top of each other regardless of the value of the bag on the bottom. Check a bag that is durable, will protect the contents, and that you don’t mind seeing beat up.
It’s Easier to Spot Your Luggage on the Carousel
How many black or navy bags do you see on a luggage carousel? More than you probably can count. My orchid colored bag may not be the chicest piece of luggage, but I have no problem spotting the bright bag across a crowded baggage claim. Also, if my bag was ever to get lost it would be way easier to describe the bag to the airline.
So, in conclusion, check an ugly suitcase and remember Aunt Denise is always right.