If you've spent time waiting impatiently at the baggage claim only to realize your luggage is nowhere to be found, you understand the frustration that comes from lost luggage while traveling. And, if you travel often, you already know that it's not a question of if, but of when, you will find yourself standing in an airport somewhere without your luggage coming down that carousel. Thanks to advancements in technology, however, there is a solution to help you keep track of your luggage when you travel. Luggage GPS locators, which ironically don't use GPS at all, are a small devices that attach to your luggage. These devices work
in much the same way as your cell phone, using GSM cellular networks to estimate a location, and can be a great tool in helping reunite you with lost luggage. There are quite a few luggage locators to choose from, including LugLoc, Tile, Trackr and TrakDot. If you're a frequent traveler (or even an occasional traveler) worried about keeping track of your luggage, keep reading to learn more about this innovative technology, so you never have to worry about lost luggage again.
LugLoc is one of the most popular luggage GPS systems available, and costs around $60 for the device (less if you purchase multiple units). In addition to the price of the device, tracking access costs as little as $4.99 per month for access to the mobile tracking app, but new users will get the first 30 days of tracking free with the purchase of a LugLoc device. LugLoc is equipped with a SIM card, much like your cell phone uses, allowing your lost luggage to be located virtually anywhere it may end up. Once the luggage is tracked, the approximate location will be sent to the mobile app, so you can work on reuniting with your lost baggage. LugLoc offers several payment options, including paying only when you use the service, which is a great option for occasional travelers. For frequent travelers, however, paying monthly may be the more cost-effective option. To use the device, simply charge it before you leave (a single charge lasts up to 15 days) and go. While the device is fairly accurate in locating your lost luggage, however, keep in mind that you won't get an exact location. Instead, you will get a radius that will allow you to pinpoint approximately where your luggage has ended up.
Like LugLoc, TrakDot is another popular device for keeping track of your luggage while you travel by using cellphone towers to pinpoint an approximate location. TrakDot uses two AA batteries and is a bit smaller (but thicker) than LugLoc. TrakDot retails for around $50, which includes unlimited tracking for the first year, ($19.99 per year after that), making this a great value for people who frequently travel. TrakDot can easily be placed inside your luggage, and is fully airline compliant (as is LugLoc). Once your device is registered and placed in your luggage, you can easily view the approximate location of your luggage on the TrakDot website, so you're never left wondering where your luggage has ended up once you arrive at your destination.
Other options include smaller devices, such as Tile and Trackr, which can be attached to a variety of items, including luggage, keys, purses and backpacks, so you're never left wondering where you've left something. These tiny devices are about the size of a quarter, have replaceable batteries and can easily be attached to your luggage or other items. They work by using Bluetooth technology, so they aren't as far-reaching as other luggage tracking options, but can be a great way to locate lost items in your vicinity, which is especially important while traveling. These devices can be a great addition to luggage GPS locators, so you can be sure to return home with all of your belongings.
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