may seem excessive, but I use all the tags provided
by the cruise line when tagging our suitcases.
At a minimum, I want two identification tags
on each suitcase (in addition to our 'permanent'
luggage tags). Those tags, with cotton or elastic
string, can easily become detached so before
putting them on the suitcases, I reinforce them
with tape. I also remove the string, replacing
it with long cable ties. I put one on each handle
of dual-handle suitcases and two on the handle
of suitcases that only have one handle. Compulsive?
Maybe. But we've never had a lost or delayed
suitcase because of a missing tag.
Note: This is a perfect time
to have a bright orange Journeywoman tag on
your luggage and backpack. Who knows? There
might be another member of our JW Network who
spies your tag -- and that's how juicy travel
connections are made. Want to know how to get
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oh where is your luggage?
Kaye shares the following, "We always put
our itinerary outside, as well as inside our
luggage. To do this, I type up the itinerary,
reduce it, and tuck it into the luggage tag,
behind our identification. We always make sure
our address and itinerary are taped to the inside
as well. I have heard that many times lost luggage
is forever lost because of no identification
on the bag. Tags do come off."
correct, Kathleen! If an airline is unable to
trace the owner, or if luggage hasn't been claimed
after at least three months, it ends up at the
Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama -
a veritable Land of Lost Luggage. Only two hours
from Birmingham, Alabama and two and a half
hours from Atlanta, Georgia (in the USA), the
Unclaimed Baggage Center is a treasure hunter's
dream destination. Over 500,000 people a year
make the trek to shop amid over a million lost
items, including watches, jewelry, electronics,
and designer clothing.
heart, though. Over 98% of misdirected luggage
eventually catches up to its owners. Keep those
odds in your favor by following Kathleen's advice
as stated above..
with an identity...
is your suitcase like a Model-T Ford? You can
have any color you want, as long as it's black.
My late friend Ed Shuster found a marking product
and a clever solution for readily spotting his
bags in airport carousels and crowded cruise
advised, "With soft-sided black cloth luggage
taking over the world, it's getting harder and
harder to find your own on the floor of the
warehouse. In addition to the required identification
tags, we've used unique colorful tags, straps,
tapes, and some others. Recently I came up with
what I think is a permanent solution."
(and probably other distinguished merchants)
carries a product called Speedball Painters
opaque paint markers, in different colors, for
under $3. We used white on the black luggage
and hand lettered an identifying name in about
3-inch letters on the face of the luggage that
includes the handle. One marker did three applications
on each of three pieces. Easy to do, high contrast,
and permanent (well, as permanent as we are).
For security reasons, we didn't put our name
on it, I used my Yahoo name Cap10Cruz. About
the only drawback I see is it will make it harder
to sell the old suitcases at a yard sale, but
when we're done with them, it's dumpster time
of the Best...
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vanities, marble-clad showers, separate tubs,
and fluffy oversized towels are luxurious appointments,
even in standard suites.
50% larger than industry standard and with plenty
of storage space, Carnival cabins are spacious
for two and surprisingly roomy.
Access for Travelers with Disabilities:
only are accessible staterooms and suites available
in a wide range of categories, Princess takes
care to also provide shoreside wheelchair access
to appropriate tours on vehicles equipped with
Shops on Board:
you have the misfortune of lost or delayed luggage,
you're in luck (kind of). Princess shipboard
boutiques are stocked with nearly everything
you need to carry on in style.
Whisper & Silver Shadow
Mandara Spas are small, luxurious havens with
full menus of indulgent treatments as well as
nicely appointed changing rooms and his-and-hers
saunas and steamrooms.