How Do You Protect the Paper Luggage Tags?

We have visited the missing luggage area of a ship on embarkation day and seen many pieces of luggage with torn off tags. What do you do to protect yours?

Tags: luggage tags

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My sister had a bag missing on one cruise. The tag had been ripped off the bag in handling. When she went to reclaim it there were about 20 to 30 bags missing their tags, too. So, although this was the first problem that we encountered with torn off tags, we decided to chip in together and get a small package of them. We have since used them multiple times and they are sturdy. They would make nice gifts from a TA, too.

Another time we arrived at a cruise terminal. In the pouring rain Some passengers had not taped over their tags and they were soddened with water. The porter laughed that the tags would never survive the handling.

Do what works for you. You must be doing it right since you haven't had a problem.

BDRebel, you are definitely doing it right. It was what I used to do, too. As long as it works, keep on doing it. It is a shame that the cruise lines now resort to paper tags. They save on the cost of the tags and the shipping costs, too and we get to do all the work laminating them to survive the handling.

I wonder if Kinkos (or some other similar service) could print out the luggage tag on a piece of plastic? Probably not cost-effective though, considering it would be only for one use.

I think that the luggage cases they make now are more cost effective because they are reusable. I have used mine seven or eight times now and they are as good as new. You F you don't mine laminating them or covering them with tape, that works just as well.

I also put a large piece of duct tape on my luggage with our last name, ship, cabin #, and sail date. The tape is one of the new bright neon colours, or white, so the contrast is huge.

I always print my luggage tags on extra thick card stock instead of regular plain white copy paper. Card stock is much more durable and resistant to tearing, especially in those spots where the clear shipping tape just didn't cover...

I love when people just staple the paper tag on. I just walk over, rip it off, and put one of my own tags on. After I find anything I like,( Hawaiian shirts ), I just tell my steward, " hey, this isn't mine " . He then sends it down to undelivered luggage. Cool huh ? Wink

no problemo... happens to me a few times a month

What a novel idea. Never thought of that one. Thanks for sharing. Gloria

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