12th May, 2021

Redditch Standard: Keep your luggage safe while travelling during the pandemic

Editorial Correspondent 29th Apr, 2021 Updated: 6th May, 2021

Keep your luggage safe while travelling during the pandemic

Whenever it’s time to travel, most of us wish we could throw everything we need into a suitcase and lock it with a padlock. However, travelling through great cities such as London and Birmingham to other regions, countries, or continents means ensuring your luggage is safe throughout the journey. And during the current COVID pandemic, the need for luggage security is greater.

Whether you are travelling from the UK or passing through, you might be required to wait for a connecting flight or train for long hours. Suppose you have much baggage; walking around the airport with all your bags in tow becomes a daunting task. Moreover, keeping tabs on your luggage is stressful. What if you have to use the loo? Should you request the stranger standing next to you to look after your suitcase? Well, that wouldn’t be advisable. They might be opportunistic criminals, and you end up losing your possessions. Plus, stipulated protocols for curbing the spread of COVID dictate that people should avoid touching things haphazardly, and the person you ask may not be too willing to handle your luggage.

Often, we focus on other things such as immunizations and documentation. For instance, if you learn from Redditch Standard that you are required to apply for ESTA to travel to the United States, you may concentrate more on applying for travel authorization to pay heed to luggage safety. Therefore, to help you through the process, here are a few tips to guide you.

Luggage Safety Tips For You

From the moment you decide to travel, invest in the storage you will need. If you already have suitcases and bags, it might be time to bring them out and clean them. Otherwise, go shopping and purchase some travelling gear.

● Buy tamper-proof bags made of sturdy material. Quite a number of manufacturers incorporate additional features to deter thieves like antifreeze puncture zippers and hasps in place of zippers.

● Invest in suitable locks. Hard duty varieties are recommended.

● Make your luggage stand out. A few decorations make your bags more identifiable.

● Use tracking technology.

Where To Safely Store Your Luggage

1. Storage lockers

Most airports and train stations have storage services that you can hire. Major transit points like Heathrow airport, LAX, and Kings Cross Station have lockers of various capacities to hold your bags whenever you have a long layover. When your bags are safely stored in a locker, they are safe from contamination and thieves.

2. Left Luggage facilities

The left luggage network is available in most countries over the world. These facilities will hold your luggage for a fee, so you do not have to drag it through the airport or layover city. Left luggage services are more regulated, secure, and can be booked in advance using online resources.

3. Hotels If you have booked a hotel, go ahead and use your room as safe storage. However, suppose your budget is limited, or hotels aren’t your cup of tea, there are hospitality establishments that will agree to look after your luggage even though you don’t have a reservation.

Last Word

You can never be too cautious with the security of your luggage whenever you travel from or through the UK, especially during the pandemic. Your safety should be your main priority, and keeping your luggage secure during the eternity of your trip should be at the top of your list.

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