With the cold weather hitting Canada hard this year, it’s safe to say that many Canadians are browsing vacation sites to escape the frigid temperatures. In fact, the first quarter of the year is supposed to be the busiest time for residents to travel. In 2018, Statistics Canada found that in the first quarter of the year, Canadian residents made 3.3 million trips overseas (excluding the united states). The most popular being Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

While you spend so much time reviewing hotels, checking airlines, and planning what you’ll need to pack, many Canadians, unfortunately, run into problems the second they step off the plane and are in their tropical destination. The problem being, that their luggage is lost or delayed. For many this is a stressful and upsetting event as the belongings that you hand-picked for your time away are now lost or delayed. While it’s hard to guarantee ways to ensure that your baggage will never go missing as it goes on its own journey the second you check it in, below are some tips to help be prepared in case your luggage is lost or delayed.


Take Advantage Of The Carry-On Option

Having carry-on luggage can be a life-saver if your luggage is lost or delayed. Being able to pack a few essential items to get you few the next few days can really help you make the best of an unfortunate situation. Packing toiletries like your toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, glasses, as well as must-have tech-supplies like charging cords or headphones and a change of clothing appropriate for your travel destination can help. But it’s always recommended to be mindful of the carry-on limitations and restrictions of the airline you’re flying with as if your carry-on baggage exceeds the size that is allowed, you may be forced to check it, or pay additional fees.


Keep Valuables On You, Not Packed In Your Luggage

While traveling, it may seem like common sense to many veteran travellers to always keep valuables on them rather than packing them away in their checked luggage. But it’s still important to reiterate the importance of doing this. Specifically how you should keep cash, credit cards, and photocopies of your passport or insurance, expensive jewelry, or electronics with you to ensure their location and safety. This will not only ensure that you will have these items even if your baggage is delayed, but it is less likely of any of these items being stolen or damaged. Overlooking where you store your valuables during your travels could leave you unprepared if your luggage is lost or delayed.


Bringing Presents? Ship them!

If you’re planning a trip to visit some friends and would like to bring them a gift, or if you would like to bring something special home from your vacation, you may want to ship it separately. Taking the time and separately shipping gifts or items of value can help ensure that they will not go missing if your bag is misplaced, as well, it allows for you to have a tracking number to see where exactly it is — ensuring that it will arrive at its destination on time and undamaged. It’s worth noting that many packing delivery services offer protection in case your package is damaged. However, it is always important that you confirm the limitations or exclusions with a representative of the company.


Protecting Yourself If Your Luggage Is Lost Or Delayed

Sometimes, things just happen. No matter how hard you try to plan for things to go smoothly. So when you’re travelling it’s always recommended that you purchase the right insurance to protect you not only if you need medical treatment while abroad, but if your luggage is lost or delayed! While some airlines may offer compensation if your luggage is lost, you should also look at Travel Insurance packages that include insurance on your luggage! Depending on what is included in your policy, you will likely be able to replace some, if not all, of your belongings, while you wait for your luggage to arrive.

If you’re planning a winter getaway and want to ensure that you’ll be protected, even if your luggage has a mishap, be sure to contact your Cambridge Insurance broker before your departure! We’ll work with you and provide you with the right Travel Insurance.