2022 was a nightmare year for airlines losing checked luggage. Some airlines lost as many as 10% of the suitcases that had been checked in!
On top of that, checked suitcases are subject to thieves. Even locked luggage is vulnerable.
Regardless of what the travel year is looking like and how reliable you think the airline and its baggage handlers are, here are 8 things you should never, ever pack in your suitcase when you fly:
1. Prescription Medicines
Always pack prescription medicines in your hand luggage. Always. Also any meds you could potentially need on arrival, from pain meds to allergy meds. If a medicine is going to be or could possibly be needed before you return home it must be in your carry on bag. Suitcases get lost all the time, and should your prescription glasses or life saving meds be in that lost bag, you can find yourself in a world of trouble!
All electronics with lithium batteries need to be in your hand luggage for safety reasons. Your non-lithium battery electronics can get damaged when bags are thrown around, and are hot ticket items to potentially be stolen from your suitcase.
3. Cash and/or Credit Cards
Never put backup cash and/or credit cards in your checked luggage. If anyone sneaks into your luggage once you’ve put it on the conveyor belt, your cash and cards will for sure be taken.
4. Any Travel Documents, Or Documents You Don’t Want The World To See
Everything from your travel itinerary to hotel reservations, to any documents you don’t want the world to see, all need to be in your carry on luggage.
5. Lithium Batteries
Some lithium batteries with restrictions are allowed in carry on bags, but not in checked luggage. If your smart bag with lithium charger gets checked, be sure to remove the battery and bring it onboard in your hand luggage.
6. Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices
E-cigarettes are banned from checked luggage, but you can pack them in your carry on.
7. Matches and Electronic Lighters
You can bring one pack of safety matches in your carry on, but no matches are allowed in your checked luggage. Strike-anywhere matches are prohibited on planes, in both carry on luggage and checked luggage. Electronic lighters are also prohibited on planes, but you can bring disposable lighters. Zippos without fuel are allowed to be packed.
8. Jewelry and Valuables
All valuable jewelry should be packed in your carry on. Even items that could be perceived as being valuable should be in your carry on.
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