- I take it for granted that you have a locket and a tag with your name. Granted.
- Don’t put valuables, like jewelry or official documents, in your suitcase.
- Tie a ribbon or put a sticker on your suitcase - anything that will make the description of your suitcase easier at the Lost and Found.
- Carry in your handbag whatever you think you might need during the first night, especially if you are on a night flight. If you are a woman, think this over twice.
- Never throw away the barcode sticker they give you when you check in, and which corresponds to your luggage. You might never be able to retrieve your luggage without it.
- At the Lost and Found desk, give your contact details carefully, including the address of your residence during your trip, and leave a detailed description of your suitcase.
- If your suitcase arrives the next day, they will most probably send it to you with some private handling company. However, because this might take long, get on a train, grab a taxi, grab a boat and get to the airport to collect it yourself. Your trip cannot begin unless you do.
- Keep the contact details of the Lost and Found, find the contact numbers of the airline company at your travel destination, and ask the hotel staff to assist you, if need be.
- Don’t forget your rights, and remember that some times only pressure can set processes in motion.
- If you need to stay overnight without your suitcase, and you don’t have back up toiletries (same way I didn’t), search for 24-hour shops in the city.
In Budapest I had a great time and you can check my 10 things to do in Budapest article here. If you don't know where to stay, again I am here to help; check my Buda or Pest article here.
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