While our travels are currently on pause, now is a great time for organizing your luggage for future adventures! AAA travel & packing expert, Anne McAlpin, has put together seven quick tips to get you started.
Seven Tips for Organizing Your Luggage
Pull Out Your Luggage and Inspect It
When was the last time you saw your suitcase? Did you ‘loan’ your luggage to a family member and forgot to get it back? Make sure all your bags are in good working condition: examine the wheels, zippers and handles for wear and tear. Now’s the time to have any necessary repairs done now while you don’t need it.
Clean Your Luggage
Check the manufacturers cleaning instructions first – you can easily clean the outside of most fabric and hard sided luggage with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild-detergent with warm water. For the inside, use a hand-held whisk broom to loosen dust and debris and follow up with your vacuums upholstery attachment to get into the corners and pockets.
Since stored luggage can get musty smelling – leave luggage open in the sunshine for a few hours or sprinkle a small amount of baking soda inside the suitcase to absorb odors – then vacuum out.
Remove Old Bag Tags
Recycle or put nostalgic bag tags in your scrapbook. You don’t want the airlines to get confused on where your bags are headed.
Update Your Current Luggage ID tags
Make sure your contact information on your bag tags is current. For safety reasons, never put your home address on your luggage ID. Contact information should include your name, cell phone number and instead of your home address, use your email address. Consider purchasing new bag tags like Linnea Tags (available at AAA OR/ID Travel Stores) that have a tri-fold insert to keep your contact information out of site until needed.
LINNEA Bag Tags
AAA Member price $5.00
Available in a variety of styles
Put an ID Tag Inside Your Luggage
ID tags can get torn-off with lots of handling so it’s always a good idea to put your contact information inside your luggage as well.
Take a Photo of Your Luggage
Take a photo of your luggage (including carry-ons) and email it to yourself. If your luggage gets delayed or lost, you’ll have a current photo to help you locate it and assist with baggage and insurance claims.
It’s A Good Time Buy New Luggage
The benefit of most new fabric luggage is it has anti-microbial properties – which is now more important than ever. It also is stain and water resistant. For those who prefer hard-sided luggage: it’s also a good choice in today’s world as it’s easy to wipe down with sanitizer wipes before, during and after your travels.
Here are some great options:
Travelpro Platinum Elite 21” Carry On Bag
AAA Member Price $269.99
Ricardo Montecito Spinner 21” Carry on Bag
AAA Member Price $119.99
Now is a great time to prepare for your next trip. Join AAA and Travel Expert Anne McAlpin and learn travel tips you should know. With thirty years of travel experience, Anne will be covering:
- Organizing your money, passport and travel documents
- Packing personal care items
- How to choose the best day-bag
- And more!
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Visit Your Local AAA Travel Store
If you need help organizing your luggage, or need new travel supplies you can find these items and more travel essentials at your local AAA Travel Store.