How to travel with check-in baggage during the holidays

Our top 3 tips to prepare your check-in bags for holiday travel.


This year’s holiday season is presenting a number of airports with difficulties, including staff shortages and challenging weather. For instance, the harsh winter weather and staff shortages at German airports such as Munich & Frankfurt International Airport contribute to longer wait times and cancelled flights. And even though airports such as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are doing everything they can to bring everyone home during the holiday season, it’s still a difficult time for anyone who travels in these conditions. 

Arriving at the airport with your bags ready to fly is of course one thing to help airline and airport operations process baggage more quickly, but there’s more to do if you want to have a smooth travel experience during the holidays. Here’s our top 3 tips:


Tip #1: Check the airline baggage policies

When travelling with check-in baggage during the holidays, one of the first things to consider is the size and weight of your baggage. Many airlines have strict size and weight limits for check-in baggage, and exceeding these limits can result in additional fees or the need to check additional bags. Check with your airline ahead of time to understand their specific check-in baggage guidelines, and make sure your baggage meets these requirements before arriving at the airport. Did you know that when you check your bag in the BAGTAG app, you can automatically see your baggage allowance? Download the app in the App & Google Play store now.

Tip #2: Pack essential items in a carry-on bag

The potential for delays or lost baggage should definitely be taken into account when travelling over the holidays. It’s not unusual for flights to be delayed or baggage to go missing due to crowded airports and bad weather. It’s a good idea to pack any essential items (such as medications or a spare set of clothes) in your carry-on bag rather than in your checked baggage to avoid any potential hassles. 


Tip #3: Label your bag with information

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to label your baggage with your contact information, both on the outside and inside. This will make it easier for airlines or authorities to contact you if your baggage is lost or delayed. Additionally, using a BAGTAG greatly reduces the likelihood of losing your baggage. Why? Due to the fact that an electronic bag tag is much more robust and durable in the bad winter weather than a paper label, it is much less likely that baggage handlers will mishandle your bag.

Overall, travelling with check-in baggage during the holiday period can be challenging, but with a little planning and preparation, it can be a smooth and stress-free experience. Your holiday travels can go off without a hitch if you know the policies and limitations of your airline, pack sensibly, and label your bags properly. Safe travels and happy holidays!  

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