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For many travelers, its one of the biggest fears: Your flight makes its landing, you finally get off the plane and then, at the baggage carousel where everyones luggage pretty much looks the same you accidentally grab the wrong suitcase. If you dont want this nightmare to become reality, the best way to avoid it is to mark your suitcases with luggage tags to set them apart from everyone elses. You can make those luggage tags yourself all you need is a computer, a working printer and a little creativity.
A quick Google search will yield scores of free, printable luggage tag templates, which will provide you with a starting point. Pick one that suits you best something with a funky design, for example, or a sassy turn of phrase. If youre sprucing up your kids suitcase, you can find kid-friendly designs, or if youre tagging luggage you often use for business travel, you can find simple, professional tag templates.
If youre at a loss for where to start in your template search, try Pinterest, Design Sponge, Brit+Co or Jukebox.
You could just print out your luggage tag on normal computer paper, laminate it and attach it to your suitcase. But if you want to make your tags a little special, put some extra effort into bringing them to life.
To create a card-stock tag, youll need:
Print your chosen luggage tag design onto the white card stock, and fill it out with your name and contact information, if youd like. Then use your X-Acto blade to cut out the tag, using the ruler to keep your cuts precise. Fold the tag if your template requires it (using the double-sided tape to keep the tag folded snugly), then apply the laminating sheets to either side of the tag. Punch a hole through the end of the tag and thread the ribbon (or another fastener of your choice) through it.
Pick a spot on your suitcase that youll easily identify as it comes toward you on the baggage carriage, and use the ribbon or other fastener to secure your luggage tag to that spot. Having the tag in place will not only help your bag stand out from the rest, but could provide some extremely important contact information should you misplace a bag and someone else find it.
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