Every frequent flyer’s worst nightmare is to have their baggage lost by the airline, and this fear is well placed as thousands of pieces of luggage are misplaced each year and it takes a long time for them to be found and returned to their owners.
The biggest problem is that when a baggage is misplaced, the airline has no idea where it ends up, therefore, the time required to find it, and then the time required to return the baggage adds up to quite a while. Although there is not much that can be done in regards to lost baggage, you can speed up the process by knowing where your luggage is at all times. For this, you need a baggage tracker.
When you think about it, there are not that many methods of tracking your luggage, and these range from the very simple to the high tech. Today we’ll show you a few ways to track your lost baggage.
Use a tag
Sometimes, something as low tech as a tag with your name and contact information is all it takes to get your baggage home. Although this still takes some time, because the bag has to found and then you have to wait to be notified. These come from simple name tags and go all the way up to QR codes that allow the person who finds your baggage to notify you. A service that can set you up with some awesome tags and stickers is i-Trak and they offer a wide variety of baggage tags or other tags for different devices. Or you could use such a device as StickNFind.
Also, some developers are creating smart tags that not only show information about the owner of the bag, but when these QR codes are read, the owner can track them via GPS or get a notification that their luggage has been found. Some of these awesome smart tags are offered by companies such as FinderCodes, which has a bundle offer of 7 QR tags, Dynotag which also offers a Internet/GPS enabled QR tag and TraceMe which has its own barcode tag that notifies the owner of the bag when it has been found.
Use a GPS tracker
Luggage GPS trackers come in all shapes and sizes. These devices are your best bet of finding your lost baggage quickly thanks to their ability to give you the exact location of your luggage at all times. They connect to GPS satellites and relay their exact position, and some have the feature of letting you track them every step of the way. Also, they use GPS towers to give users an even better location, but sometimes, if there is no cellular signal in an area, they might not work. If you are interested in such a solution, here are a few such devices that you can take with you on your next flight.
This device does not charge any extra fees as it gives you the GPS coordinates of your luggage and you can enter them in any mapping service and see exactly where your luggage is. Its battery lasts for 6 days, which is more than enough for any flight and it is extremely simple to operate. Also, its small body does not take up too much space in your luggage.
Trackdot is a small GPS tracker device that users can pack in their bags and keep a close watch on them via any Internet enabled device and see their exact position at all times. Also, Trackdot can integrate with mobile phones to give updates via SMS. The device itself costs around $49,95 and there is also an activation fee of $8.99 and a annual fee of $12.99. Although it is not as cheap as other solutions, it can save from a lot of trouble.
Any GPS Tracker Will Work
That’s right, you don’t need a specialized luggage tracker to keep tabs on your bags. Any GPS location device will do just fine as long as it has plentiful battery life, the possibility to connect to GPS satellites and does not require GSM towers to get a location. There are a huge number of such devices available on the web, also a quick search on Amazon revealed hundreds of these devices, so take your pick! Here are a few to get you started:
If you use these devices at all times, you will have peace of mind knowing that your luggage is safer than before. Although these devices will not ensure that your luggage will not be displaced by the airline, they do offer you the possibility to quickly locate them in the unfortunate that they get lost.