Here’s Why Traveling With Ugly Luggage Might Be A Really Smart Idea

There’s nothing wrong with a gorgeous set of luggage. Having a distinctive suitcase can help you identify your stuff at baggage claim and set you apart from the crowd. However, there’s actually a good reason to consider traveling with ugly luggage. Especially over the holidays.

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Traveling with a beat-up suitcase might actually save your stuff. Luggage thieves – both in the airport and out – are less likely to target an old and battered-looking suitcase than a shiny and expensive-seeming one. According to recent reports, an average of three bags per 1,000 plane passengers are lost, damaged or stolen. The Economist also reports that cabin robbery is on the rise, so your valuables may not even be totally secure in your carry on.

With the holidays coming up, the risk to your bags may be even greater. A high volume of travelers means that baggage is often handled more quickly and with less care in an effort to keep to schedule. This means that your suitcase could be in for quite the beating. It might make sense to undertake your holiday journey with a less beautiful bag, especially if it’s stuffed to the gills with presents.

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