These days we notice more and more people wrapping their luggage in plastic before check-in. Actually, you might be one of those who normally do or like doing it.
But if you’re asked to help explain about the necessity of wrapping luggage, or if you want to persuade your friends or relatives to wrap their luggage, you should have convincing reasons so they understand clearly and want to do the same.
However, if you’ve never wrapped your luggage and aren’t sure if you should, you need to get yourself some good reasons for doing so. In fact, luggage wrapping is a must as it gives you an extra layer of protection and sometimes it can even protect “you” from some danger.
The following 5 reasons should be enough to convince you or your friends or relatives:
1. Rough handling by baggage handlers can cause some physical damages to your luggage.
You don’t and can’t know who will or won’t be careful with your luggage. But if they don’t handle it with care, either because of their habits or because they need to get things done fast, your luggage can get scratched or scuffed.
The fabric might get torn if it’s fabric luggage. Wrapping your luggage with enough layers of plastic will help minimize these risks.
2. Sometimes the weather can become harsh during loading.
Rain or snow can make your luggage wet or moist. The plastic wrap can keep it dry. So, you don’t need to be worried that some molds might grow on your luggage or clothes.
3. Carelessness in luggage
handling or a violent vibration due to a harsh environment around the plane such as a tornado can cause some luggage to open.
If its owner doesn’t seal his/her liquid belongings with enough care, they might leak from inside that luggage and leave some stains on yours. So, the plastic wrap can definitely prevent this but only for the area covered by the wrap.
4. Some companies, along with the luggage wrapping service,
give you a sticker you can use to trace your luggage. So, if your luggage doesn’t arrive on the carousel at the baggage claim, you won’t have to be worried that your luggage might be lost as it can be traced on the service provider’s website.
5. Crime can occur anytime and anywhere.
If you’re unlucky, prohibited items might be inserted into your luggage without you knowing. In that case, you might be thought to get involved with the crime and would get into a serious trouble. By plastic-wrapping your luggage, you’re safe from this to some extent.
Although it doesn’t guarantee the plastic wrap won’t be cut so that the criminal can insert some illicit items into your luggage, at least plastic-wrapping helps reduce this kind of risk, because it would take some time for the criminal to finish such insertion and normally he/she wouldn’t choose to waste his/her time.
You’re encouraged to prevent, not to cure. Plastic-wrapping your luggage is relatively good for you. If you think you don’t want to pay extra money for the wrapping service because you’ve paid too much for the trip, you can wrap your luggage by yourself.
The plastic wrap is also available at a grocery store or a department store near you. However, everything, including wrapping your luggage, has two sides.
You can go to the Is It Worth Wrapping Your Luggage? The Pros and Cons of Wrapping Your Luggage Before You Fly article where we discuss some advantages and disadvantages of luggage wrapping that will help you make a better decision. Have a safe trip!