It's videos like that which make me want to travel with carry-on only. I have done so in the past... once for a 5 week trip. I managed quite well with what I took, actually. But this time I want to check a bag with my snorkeling gear (doesn't all fit in carry on), my liquids (sun lotions, hair products, bug repellents, perfume etc), and the 8 rolls of McVites digestive cookies I am taking (don't ask). As well as some clothing... whatever won't fit in my carry-on.
Also, I recently purchased the most beautiful set of luggage I've ever laid my eyes on.
I mean, can you stand it? I saw it from across the store at WINNERS when I was in Kelowna this summer helping my daughter paint her new condo. I HAD to have them. I didn't buy the big one because I tend to go overweight if packing a big bag and I am done...DONE... spending hundreds of dollars on an extra 10lbs of stuff, but I walked out of there with the other two and a huge...HUGE...smile on my face.
I didn't just buy new luggage because I couldn't resist the colour (although who could blame me if that was the reason?!) in fact, the last time I dragged a heavy bag on two wheels through miles of airport, the stupid thing sometimes twisting off the wheels and wrenching my arm, I watched others blithely stroll by with their 'spinner' bags, upright, just gliding along beside them. I determined then and there that I would have bags with FOUR wheels on my next trip.
And now I will.
But I don't want that gorgeous finish to get scratched, dented or *gasp* cracked. And if the baggage handlers treat it like the bags in above video, or pitch it down 20 feet or so to the tarmac below like in another video I saw, then my gorgeous bags might not survive (not to mention what would happen to the aforementioned biscuits packed inside!!).
So what to do?
How about a little 'sucking up' to the baggage handlers? Let them know that they are appreciated. It couldn't hurt, right?
This is what I came up with:
On both sides of the bag.
Let's hope it works and that I don't end up with something like this:
But get something more like this instead:
Well...without the 'HEAVY BAG' tag, and the poor spelling.
Here are some tips on how to get your bag safely to your destination: