Here's what you should put on your luggage tag.
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
luggage tag
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

The minutes spent waiting at the baggage carousel can be among the most gut-wrenching, palm-sweating and butterfly-in-stomach-inducing of the entire travel experience. The terror of not seeing your bag ride down the conveyor belt keeps even the most well-seasoned traveler awake at night.

But luckily, airlines are better than ever at reuniting lost bags with their owners. About 97 percent of all lost bags are found and returned within two days, according to the Los Angeles Times. And there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your lost luggage is among that statistic.

As with most aspects of travel, the best plan is foresight. A secure luggage tag with legible information can help bring lost bags back home.

All luggage tags should list the owner's name, email address, and a phone number.

Whether or not to include an address, however, is contentious, and you might want to refrain from putting your home address on your luggage. "If you can avoid listing your home address, you will be less likely to be targeted for a robbery while you are away," according to USA Today. However, the address of where you'll be traveling is a good point of contact for luggage lost on the outbound flight (just include it on a small slip of paper in addition to the permanent card in your luggage tag). If you're worried about luggage being lost on the return flight, consider listing a work address instead of home.

When traveling abroad, avoid a luggage tag with a flag or anything that could identify your nationality. Also, get a luggage tag with a cover so your information can't be scanned by someone near you.

Finally, as a backup, draft an email that includes a photo of your luggage, its dimensions and your contact information (phone number and work address) that you can forward to the airline in the event your luggage goes missing.

Soon, confusion around what to put on your luggage tag may not even be an issue. Digital luggage tags already provide a secure way to track your bags and allow airport workers to scan for private information. Rimowa's electronic tag (built into the suitcase) or bagID baggage tags can display travel information and allow airport workers to track luggage.

Read on for some of our favorite luggage tags, both digital and non-digital.

Beis Travel Set

beis luggage tag
Credit: Courtesy of Beis

To buy:, $28 (originally $34)

Leatherology Deluxe Luggage Tag

leatherology luggage tag
Credit: Courtesy of Leatherology

To buy:, $16 (originally $35)

Mark & Graham Fillmore Vegan Leather Luggage Tag

mark & graham luggage tag
Credit: Courtesy of Mark & Graham

To buy:, $39

Travelambo Vegan Leather Luggage Tags, 4-pack

amazon luggage tag set
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

To buy:, $4

Portable Charger Luggage Tag

calpak charger luggage tag
Credit: Courtesy of Calpak

To buy:, $32

Tumi Magnetic Luggage Tag

tumi magnetic luggage tag
Credit: Courtesy of Tumi

To buy:, $45

SwiftFinder Bluetooth Tracker

swiftfinder luggage tracker
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

To buy:, $19

Love a great deal? Sign up for our T+L Recommends newsletter and we'll send you our favorite travel products each week.