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Many anecdotes, both happy and not so happy, are spawned during travel. Among those experiences that aren't so fondly remembered is the loss of personal belongings during flight. Namely suitcases, when improperly marked, become mixed in with a crowd of thousands of look a-likes and are easily mistaken for another person's. Such a scenario is not uncommon and is just one of the ways a piece of baggage might be misdirected. There is a remedy however, they are called suitcase tags.
These little tabs are extremely easy to find and are for the most part very cheap. A quick look through almost any convenience store is all it takes to find a suitcase tag. Though there is no need to splash out excessive amounts of money, poor quality tags should be avoided as they can break or come lose and fall from the assigned bag.
The tabs themselves are usually made of plastic and have a designated area in which the owner can sign they're name and perhaps contact information. Some more expensive tags have been made using strong nylon with a metal loop that attaches to the bag. The option to have personal identification printed on is also occasionally available.
There is always an alternative to buying a tag however, and that is to make your own. A quick search on the web will display many variations on how to do just so. This is a rather more creative and economically efficient option, as your tag will be unique and made of household resources. The flaw, however, is that there is a greater chance of a weak tag, thus upping the chance of something going wrong. As the long as the proper guides are followed this should pose little problem.
The inconvenience of a lost or stolen bag far outweighs the inconvenience of buying or making a suitcase tag. In the long run it is a good investment to make and will save you from many a hassle.