Mystufflostandfound.com Releases New “Traveler's Guide to Preventing and Recovering Lost Luggage”

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All travelers are at risk of losing checked luggage. Mystufflostandfound.com has prepared the following seven tips to decrease the odds of luggage getting lost and greatly increase the odds of lost luggage getting returned quickly.

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Now, with Okoban, any lost luggage item or other valuable can find its owner. Often, the lost valuable finds the owner before the owner realizes the item is lost.

There is nothing worse after a long day of travel than the sinking realization that checked luggage has been lost. Nothing will completely eliminate the possibility of lost bags but the following seven tips from mystufflostandfound.com will decrease the odds of luggage getting lost and greatly increase the odds of lost luggage getting returned quickly.

1- Check in early
Baggage handlers may not feel the same sense of urgency as the bag owner for getting late bags on a flight. Having the check-in processes completed and baggage in the pipeline at least 45 minutes before the flight departure time is recommended.

2- Luggage should be a accompanied by an itinerary
Airlines officials will sometimes open a bag to try to identify the owner. There should be a clearly visible itinerary inside the bag indicating its final destination.

3- Ship luggage instead of checking
Shipping bags UPS, FedEx or U.S. Postal service may not be as extreme as it first appears. Loss rates are much lower with these services and considering the fees airlines charge for checked bags (especially overweight or oversized), shipping may even save money. Planning ahead is essential. Ship at least five days ahead and make arrangements for storage at the bags final destination.

4- Make luggage stand out in the crowd
Luggage that stands out are more likely to get where they need to be and less likely to be accidentally taken off the carousel by someone that owns a similar looking bag. Marking a bag can be as easy as adding a tassel, decal, unique strap or even a little colorful duct tape.

5- Avoid short layovers
When travelers change planes, so does their luggage, at least in an ideal world. Less time between flights means less time for luggage handlers to sort and reroute baggage. A delayed initial leg will make that transfer even less likely. Layovers of less than hour should be avoided. Changing airlines during a layover increases the problem so stick with one carrier.

6- Double-check the destination
Travelers should take responsibility to double-check that the correct destination tags get placed on their luggage. This includes being familiar with the airport codes used on the tags. It is also imperative that all old tags and stickers be removed before bags are checked.

7- Add Okoban tracker tags to all luggage items
When luggage does get lost, Okoban tracker tags greatly increase the likelihood that they will be returned in a timely manner.

“Lost” luggage does not actually vanish; they are virtually always found by someone. The problem is that the finders, including airlines personnel, have no easy way to identify and contact the owner. Okoban® tracker tags from http://www.mystufflostandfound.com solve the problem by connecting finders with owners quickly, securely and privately, anywhere in the world.

Finders simply enter the tracker tag’s Unique Identification (UID) code and the recovery location on the Okoban website. The system then immediately notifies the owner, anywhere in the world, with a secure email and text message of the found valuable and its recovery location.

The worldwide Okoban notification service, linked to the SITA/IATA World Tracer system, operates in 2,200+ airports, on 400+ airlines and in thousands of “frequent finder” locations, institutional lost and found facilities such as TSA, rail, maritime, coach, car rental and hotel companies.

"Now, with Okoban, any lost luggage item or other valuable can find its owner," says Gordon Burns, CEO of My Stuff Lost and Found. "Often, the lost valuable finds the owner before the owner realizes the item is lost," says Burns.

Mystufflostandfound.com is the online gateway to Okoban's tracking service for valuables and free global lost and found service for life. Okoban is available online at http://www.mystufflostandfound.com.

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