This common travel mistake makes your luggage more likely to get lost

It’s that time of the year again: the Christmas break is almost here and many of us will be celebrating the festive season abroad. But whether you’re jetting off to a tropical island to ring in the new year on a beach or escaping to a snowy chalet in Europe, you’ll need to get through peak season at the airport first.

One of the biggest concerns when travelling is the idea of your luggage not making the journey with you. There really is no frustration like the kind you feel when you arrive at your destination, only to realise your suitcase is lost and you’re left without all of your belongings. Not only does it mean worrying about when you’ll get it back, but it also results in you having to spend additional cash to get yourself some essentials for the interim.

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In fact, the whole experience can be enough to ruin your holiday excitement. So how can you prevent it from ever happening to you?

Well, while the blame often lies with the airline, who may have had a mix up and made a mistake, sometimes it is due to our own negligence – at least accordion to one travel expert, who has revealed some of the common mistakes travellers tend to make that result in them losing their luggage after check-in.

As reported by News.com.au, the expert explained that one of the most common mistakes seen is that many plane passengers get into the bad habit of not removing old baggage tags from their luggage. These are the ones that are usually stuck on the side of your suitcase or wrapped around the handle.

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These tags detail where the luggage is headed to and from, so leaving old ones on means risking your suitcase being sent to a destination you have visited previously instead of the right one for your new journey.

‘Not a secret, just common sense: the reason some bags miss their flight or get misrouted is because passengers don’t remove old tags,’ the expert explained via a Reddit post. ‘It confuses handlers as well as the conveyor belt scanners. I see it happen all the time.’

To be extra safe, all passengers should take a picture of their luggage before checking it in and if you’re thinking about using a pad lock on your suitcase, don’t. This can actually cause more harm than good as it indicates your luggage is worth a lot, making it more of a target.