If you are a traveler, you know that unique luggage tags make it easier to identify your bags at baggage carousels. It can also help you track lost luggage too. Find out how to make luggage tags at home in this article, and use them to personalize and embellish your luggage! As travelers, we know that we have a habit to be governed and ruled by tags. We have this obsession for naming things that belong to us. This so called obsession for tags is necessary…like at the baggage carousel – so much easier to find your own luggage when you know the tags are there. So travelers, if you don’t want to loose your belongings, here are some ways on how to personalize your luggage tags.
Ways To Personalize Your Luggage Tags
1. Fabric Luggage Tag
This is probably the most common luggage tag idea. You can use old clothes to make fabric luggage tags. You can even make fabric luggage tags out of gunny bags, old school bags, handkerchiefs, napkins etc. The best way to make a fabric luggage tag is to embroider details like your name, contact number (in case of luggage loss) etc. That way the details cannot be wiped out or tampered with. Alternatively you can use fabric paint to paint on the details. Make sure to punch a hole through the tag so you can tie it to your luggage.
2. Plastic Luggage Tag
Old plastic boxes can be cut into neat square shaped or rectangular cards that can be turned into luggage tags. You can use a permanent marker to write details on the card. Alternatively you can paint on the details with a suitable paint. One idea I can give here is to use a stencil to paint on the details. The best thing about plastic tags is they are a lot more durable than fabric luggage tags (which can easily tear). Plastic tags won’t spoil even if they get wet. Punch a hole through the tag and tie it up to your luggage handle.
3. Cardboard Luggage Tag
Old cardboard boxes and cartons may be converted into luggage tags. Use markers, sketch pens, glitter glue, sparkle to decorate your cardboard luggage tags. It is very easy to personalize a cardboard luggage tag, for all you need to do is pick up a pen and scribble all over it. The best thing about cardboard luggage tags is, you can make a new one every time. If you want to get a permanent tag, you can simply get the cardboard laminated. Lamination will make it durable.
4. Old Visiting/Business Card Luggage Tag
All those visiting cards lying around the house can finally be put to good use! Use plain paper to cover the card. Alternatively, if you have one-side blank visiting cards, paste two cards together with their printed sides facing each other. On the plain side, use your creativity to the fullest and decorate the luggage tag. It would be a good idea to laminate this kind of a luggage tag too.
5. Dog-tag Luggage Tag
This could be quite an expensive affair, but it looks totally cool. Dog-tag luggage tags would be the most durable, unbreakable and tamper proof luggage tags you could ever ask for. You can get them etched with your details. It would be a one time investment. You can even get silver or gold plated dog-tag luggage tags, if you really want to go overboard and don’t mind spending a few extra bucks.
Fun Luggage Tag Ideas
Having a luggage tag is a necessity, yes, but that does not mean a luggage tag has to be plain, simple and boring! Luggage tags can be turned into an fun accessory that will embellish your luggage.
Theme-Based Luggage Tag
Going to the beach? Why not make a flip-flop shaped luggage tag? Going on a safari? How about a monkey-faced luggage tag? Christmas holidays? A Christmas tree. Similarly, you can use cartoon character faces to make luggage tags for your kid’s luggage. It could be real fun to make these theme based tags and kids would enjoy the whole experience.
Other Catchy Luggage Tags
You can make eye-catching luggage tags that signify something special to you, or something that is your favorite. A personalized luggage tag could even carry your picture. The string you use to attach your tag to your luggage need not be typical either. One out-of-the-box idea would be to use an old leather watch belt. You can even go for old junk jewelry, especially necklaces and bracelets. You can even use key-chain rings. Possibilities are endless.
Embellishing the Luggage Tag
How about adding small bells and trinkets to the luggage tag? It would rattle and make some noise if anyone was tampering with your luggage, serving to alert you of possible theft. Besides, trinkets and bells go on to successfully embellish your luggage. They indeed look very pretty!
A luggage tag is supposed to help you identify your luggage from scores of similar looking bags, suitcases and duffel bags. So make sure it is as original as you can make it. Also, don’t get carried away with making it fancy! Let the details on the tag be clear, visible and readable. Or else there will come a situation where not even you will be able to identify your own luggage! Have a safe and theft-free journey with your stylish, personalized luggage tags!