What Your Bag Identification Says About You

Stand by the baggage claim at any major airport and you can watch a magical parade of black, rolling suitcases, slowly cruising by under the nervous eyes of dozens of weary travelers. Interspersed among the suitcases are identical backpacks, stuffed to absolute capacity by excited young persons looking to explore the world. Adding a personal touch to your bag can save you from frustrating and disastrous confusion, but what you add does more than just distinguish your bag. It distinguishes your personality.

You’re prepared, but unoriginal. Decades ago, a yellow ribbon tied onto the handle of an anti theft laptop bag would have saved you countless minutes identifying your bag; but let’s be serious. At this point, you’re better off not tying a yellow ribbon to your bag. If you’re going to rock the ribbon, at least choose a color besides yellow and avoid pink, that too is now heavily overdone.

You’re proud. Each patch represents a different accomplishment and you love to show them off. You tell people that they are merely used to help identify your bag, but you don’t exactly shy away from the opportunity to bring up the travel stories that each patch represents. “Oh that?” you say, “That’s from my trip to South Africa. It was pretty tame, except for my encounter with a Great White shark while scuba diving off the coast”.

Paper ID Tag
You’re hopeful and possibly a little lazy. You went to the least amount of effort possible to identify your bag. If it weren’t for the airlines identification rules, you wouldn’t use anything. You don’t care about your bag, what’s inside or who roots through it. At baggage claim, you line up with like-minded ‘non-ID’ers’ and check black bag after black bag, foolishly wondering where your gear is.

Aftermarket Tag
You’re classic. Your ID tag is simple, effective and secure. It’s got a plastic cover and has all your relevant information clearly displayed. But, you’ve had it for 6 years and you don’t live at the address on the tag anymore. Every time you check your bag, you risk a mix up that will send your bag to your ex-girlfriend’s house in Boise, Idaho. Too bad things didn’t end well with her.

ugly bagCrazy Bag
You’re awesome. You know that simple tags and patches don’t really do the trick. You go for the most outrageous bag possible. It’s a disgusting plaid suitcase combining horrendous shades of yellow, brown and purple. You could identify it from a mile away. Even if you were blind, you’d still get the right bag because no one would ever take yours by accident.

By Patrick Hutchison