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For the sake of efficiency, I have never liked checking my luggage at the airport.

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Unfortunately, besides practicing the art of patience, there’s not much you can do if an airline loses your belongings.

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So before you travel in the next few months, it’s probably a good idea to think of ways to mitigate the chances of losing your luggage.

I’ve never liked checking luggage at the airport for reasons of efficiency.

Both airline employees and seasoned travelers have recommended using an Apple AirTag to keep track of luggage amid this “wild west” of a travel season.

And there’s no better time to favor carry-on than checked baggage: Lost baggage claims are up 30% this summer as anecdotal baggage loss horror stories captivate the internet.

One traveler even told Insider’s Abby Wallace that she used her AirTag to find her lost luggage carrying $10,000 worth of belongings.

Unfortunately, aside from practicing the art of patience, there’s not much you can do when an airline loses your belongings.

That story was enough to convince me to AirTag my luggage. So I decided to try this hack during a recent three-day work trip where I had to travel via a flight, two long-haul bus rides, and several Lyft rides …

So before you travel in the next few months, it’s probably a good idea to think about how to reduce the chance of losing your luggage.

… which were all “perfect” opportunities for me to lose my bag given my chronic bad luck.

In this “wild west” of the travel season, both airline employees and seasoned travelers have recommended using Apple AirTag to track luggage.

But after traveling with my AirTagged luggage, I’ll probably never take a flight without the small round Apple token in my bag again, even if I’m just bringing a carry-on.

One passenger even told Insider’s Abby Wallace that she used her AirTag to find her lost luggage, which was carrying $10,000 worth of stuff.

A single $29 AirTag was easy to acquire: It can be ordered online and either picked up the same day at a nearby Apple store or shipped to your home.

That story was enough to convince me to AirTag my luggage. So I decided to try this hack on a recent three-day work trip that involved a flight, two long-distance bus rides, and several Lyft rides…

I opted for the former. And because I preordered my little device, I was able to pick up my order within 10 minutes of walking into the Apple store in Soho, New York.

… which were “perfect” opportunities for me to lose my bag due to my chronic bad luck.

When I got home, I probably spent more time unboxing my AirTag than actually setting it up.

But after traveling with AirTagged luggage, I probably won’t ever fly without a little round Apple badge in my bag again, even if I’m just taking it as a carry-on.

All I had to do was pair it to my iPhone, label it as “luggage” …

Getting a single $29 AirTag was easy: you can order it online and pick it up at a nearby Apple store the same day or have it shipped to your home.

… tuck it into my packed carry-on bag, and I was ready to go.

I opted for the first one. And because I pre-ordered my little device, I was able to pick up my order within 10 minutes of walking into an Apple store in Soho, New York.

From there, I was able to track my AirTag — and subsequently my luggage — through the Find My app.

When I got home, I probably spent more time unpacking my AirTag than setting it up.

During my trip, I miraculously never had a moment of panic regarding the location of my bag.

All I had to do was pair it with my iPhone, mark it as “luggage”…

On my two long-haul bus rides, my four-wheeler luggage was stored with all the other passengers’ bags in the storage compartment.

…I stuffed it into my packed carry-on bag and was ready to go.

And at my first stop, my luggage was either always next to me, in my hotel room, or checked with the concierge at the hotel’s front desk.

From there I was able to track my AirTag and then track my luggage via the Find My app.

While I trusted the concierge wouldn’t lose my bag, it was still nice knowing I had the ability to track its location while I was out and about.

Miraculously, I never panicked about the location of my bag during the trip.

The closest I came to worrying about my bag was when I boarded my regional Delta flight from Nashville, Tennessee back to New York City.

On my two long-distance bus journeys, my four-wheeled luggage was in the hold with all the other passengers’ bags.

Before I boarded, I was required to “valet check” my carry-on bag, presumably due to the lack of space in the small overhead bins.

And at my first stop, my luggage was either always next to me in the hotel room or checked in with the doorman at the hotel reception desk.

I don’t know where the airline stored my little luggage after I parted ways with it.

Even though I trusted that the concierge wouldn’t lose my bag, it was still nice to know that I could track its location while I was out.

And I wasn’t reunited with my belongings until after I deplaned in New York and grabbed my luggage from a locker-like space on the passenger boarding bridge.

The closest I came to worrying about a bag was when I boarded my regional Delta flight from Nashville, Tennessee back to New York.

While I was worried my carry-on-turned-checked bag would get lost in the shuffle of luggage, I felt at ease knowing I had the ability to locate it at any time.

Before boarding, I had to have my carry-on bag “auto-checked”, presumably due to lack of space in the small bins.

And that’s been my general takeaway from this experience.

I don’t know where the airline parted with my small luggage after that.

During my three-day trip, I was never faced with the possibility of lost luggage.

And I didn’t meet my stuff until after I got off the plane in New York and grabbed my luggage from the locker-like space on the passenger boarding bridge.

But having the ability to track my baggage’s location at any time, especially when I had to valet check it, eased my other baggage (anxiety).

Although I was worried that my carry-on checked bag would get lost in the shuffle, I felt comfortable knowing that I would be able to find it at any time.

And while AirTagging your belongings won’t prevent an airline from misplacing it, the tech could at least help expedite its return, according to anecdotal stories floating around the internet.

And that has been my overall takeaway from this experience.

And it’s that ease of mind that has convinced me I’ll never travel without an AirTag in my luggage — checked or carry-on — again.

During my three-day trip, I never encountered the possibility of luggage being lost.

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