Keep Your Luggage Safe and Organized On the Bus With These Handy Tips

Students and seniors accounted for 50.2% of the passenger trips provided by the motorcoach industry in 2012, while adults and young adults accounted for 49.9% of the passenger trips. Whichever category you happen to fall into, one thing is for sure: keeping your luggage safe while traveling on a charter or rental bus is essential. Whether you’re storing your luggage in the overhead bins or keeping it safe in the main storage area underneath the bus, there are several steps you can take to ensure your luggage doesn’t get misplaced. Keep these luggage safety tips in mind during your next bus trip:

Try using your bag as a footrest with the strap looped around your foot.

This may be a better tip for particularly crowded buses. It’s also a good suggestion if you plan on sleeping during your trip. Take your carry-on bag and use it as a makeshift footrest. If it has a strap, loop it around your foot or your ankle. This way, you’ll know instantly if something happens to it.

Keep your bag, and the most valuable items within it, clearly labeled with your name, address, and phone number.

It’s always a good idea to keep your bags properly and clearly labeled with updated contact information. You never know if a mixup could be possible, or worse, someone has dishonorable intentions and wants to claim your bag as their own. Though rare, this tip can help prevent these cases of theft.

Add a unique and distinctive marking to your bag to make sure you can easily recognize it.

Finally, consider this tip to add some convenience to the luggage retrieval process. Just tie a colorful string or some other bold accessory to your bag in order to more easily distinguish it from others that may look just like it.

For more than 14 million rural U.S. residents, motorcoaches are the only available mode of public intercity transportation service, going where air and rail do not. And don’t get the wrong idea — traveling on a rental bus is virtually 100% safe. Still, it never hurts to be extra cautious, and these tips can help. For more information about renting a charter bud, contact Cardinal Buses.