Baggage handler shares tips to keep luggage safe during airport chaos

Over recent weeks, holidays have been disrupted by cancellations and flight delays, but also issues with baggage collection.

“Mountains” of luggage were spotted at Heathrow airport as passengers gave up on waiting for their property and agreed to have it couriered instead.

While the luggage will eventually be delivered to their homes via courier, travellers may be worried about the safety of their items during the interim.

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And, while there’s little you can do to avoid disruptions to the baggage system airlines, a baggage handler has offered up his tips to keep your luggage safe during the mayhem, reports the Sun.

The Australian ground worker recommended a number of things to make the process smoother.

Hand luggage

If you’re flying for only a short time, he recommended taking cabin bags only – it's an easy way to keep track of your stuff through the whole journey.

Bags with wheels

He claims that suitcases with four wheels make the ground crew’s life easier as they can be easily slid into the hold.

Take photos

You should take some snaps of your luggage before travelling so that it can be identified by staff – and it also means you can have proof of contents if it gets damaged or anything is stolen, making it easier to claim on insurance.

Pack with contingency in mind

Always pay special attention to what you bring in your cabin and hold bags.

Bring a change of clothes, medication, house keys, phone charger and other must-have items in your cabin bag.

And, if you’re travelling in a group, split your clothing out among the bags so nobody is stuck without anything to wear if one bag goes missing.

More holiday packing tips

Experts over at Cath Kidston said you should keep the following in your hand luggage:

  • any medication you need
  • your phone charger
  • skincare essentials like lip balm
  • wet wipes
  • ID documents
  • a light change of clothes
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • entertainment, like a tablet, book or headphones

If you’re travelling light and only taking hand luggage on your trip, slot a small tote bag into your carry-all or small suitcase with the essentials separated out for easy access. When you get on the plane, store your main hand luggage away and keep that one handy.

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Keep your items safe from spillages

Cath Kidston also recommends preparing for spills in case of rough handling.

For liquid or cream items that have screw-top lids, simply cover the top of the pot or bottle with some clingfilm and screw the lid over that.

It’ll keep all the good stuff inside your packaging, protecting your clothes and saving your valuable moisturiser and conditioners from going to waste.

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