There are a lot of things you have to endure while traveling (delayed flights, cramped seats, overpriced airport food), but likely the worst thing you’ll come across is having to wait at baggage claim.
Baggage claim is the only thing standing in between you and your vacation, and yet, there you are, standing in front of a conveyer belt amongst other frustrated, dead-eyed travelers, watching one comically oversized suitcase go around and around, wondering when the hell your bags will actually show up.
While you’re at the mercy of the airline to get your bags off the plane and onto the conveyer belt in a timely fashion, there are a few things that you can do to speed things up. You can buy unique-looking luggage to make your bags easily identifiable, but if you refuse to buy ludicrously patterned suitcases (we’re with you there), the next best thing is to invest in some unique luggage tags. They’ll add a little flair to your bags without being obnoxious about it, and they’ll make you certain that the bag you’re currently dragging off the belt in a hurry towards the taxi line is yours. Check out 15 of our favorites, now arriving on carousel 3.
Flight 001 F1 Correspondent Luggage Tag
Flight 001 specializes in creating and selling products that help streamline the travel process, and this F1 Correspondent Luggage Tag will certainly do that. Made out of navy Saffiano leather, the tag features gold embossed travel icons, a buckle to attach securely to your luggage handle, and a viewer window so your contact info will be easily accessible.
Izola Nomad Luggage Tag
Understated but unique, Izola’s Nomad Luggage Tag is crafted out of heavy-duty duck canvas and printed with the word “Nomad”—whether that’s what you are, or what you aspire to be is your business entirely.
Corter Leather Luggage Tag
Massachusetts-based Corter Leather produces all of their products by hand, and the Leather Luggage Tag is no exception. Made out of tan high-quality leather (with brass hardware), the tag is embossed with lines for your contact information, which you can write on in permanent ink. Just make sure it’s a permanent address (who even has those anymore?).
J. Crew Leather Luggage Tag
Crafted out of the kind of leather that only gets better with age, this Luggage Tag from J. Crew is embossed with a gold airplane, and has a hidden viewer window for contact information.
Apolis Transit Issue Luggage Tag
Apolis is a globally-minded brand, so it’s only appropriate to take one of their wares with you when you’re globetrotting. Made out of high-quality leather, this Transit Issue Luggage Tag has a buckle to secure to your luggage handle, and a snap closure to keep your contact info secure.
Men in Cities Luggage Tag
NYC-based Men in Cities creates accessories perfect for urban professionals, and their Luggage Tag certainly falls into that category. Crafted from high-quality leather, the front of the tag is embossed with a globe, and opens to reveal two ID windows. The nylon strap with secure buckle clasp ensures it’ll stand up to rough handling by the TSA.
Owen & Fred This Bag is Not Yours Tag
Brooklyn-bred Owen & Fred focuses on upgrading men’s goods and adding a little playfulness to them. You’ll find sturdy bags, colorful dopp kits, and brass bottle openers in their catalog, but one of the things they’re known for is their luggage tags. While you can order fully-customized leather tags, we really like their This Bag is Not Yours Tag. Available in four different colors, this tag staunchly declares the exact message you want handsy travelers to get: this bag is not theirs.
TUMI Luggage ID
There’s a reason why you’ll see Tumi stores in nearly every major airport you travel through—they’re a trusted name in luggage and travel accessories, and their colorful Luggage ID set is one of their best non-bag offerings. Coming in bright orange, green, and blue, you’ll be able to identify your bag from across the terminal and it’s way more classy than wrapping a ribbon or old bandana around your luggage handle.
JW Hulme Co. Luggage Tag
Minnesota-based JW Hulme Co. has been creating quality leather goods since the early 1900s, so you know anything you buy from them is going to last a lifetime, especially this handsome Luggage Tag. Crafted out of full-grain leather (available in dark brown, tan, and red), the tag has solid brass hardware, an ID window, and can be monogrammed for no extra charge.
Billykirk No. 146 Leather Luggage Tag
Billykirk’s No. 146 Leather Luggage Tag (available in a variety of colors) is about half the size of a traditional luggage tag, making it perfect for smaller bags and carry-ons LINK. Featuring rugged exposed stitching, solid nickel-plated brass hardware, and an ID window, it’s the perfect accessory for your favorite weekender bag.
Filson Luggage Tag
Filson has been producing quality leather goods since the late 1800s, which is why you can’t go wrong with this Luggage Tag, which is made out of saddle-grade Bridle Leather. The tag secures to your luggage handle with a brass buckle, and your contact information is kept secure with a brass snap closure.
Shinola Luggage Tag
The Detroit-based company is best known for its watches, but they’re also adept at crafting quality leather goods, like this Luggage Tag. Crafted out of durable Horween leather (and available in a variety of colors), the simple design features raw cut edges, an ID window with a mylar protector and snap closure, and a nickel-plated brass buckle to keep the tag secure when you’re dragging your bag through the terminal.
Tanner Goods Luggage Tag
Crafted in Portland, Oregon, Tanner Goods has built itself a reputation from making high-quality leather goods that you’ll keep forever, and their Luggage Tag is no exception. Crafted from vegetable-tanned Meridian English Bridle Leather, the tag secures to your luggage with a brass buckle and the ID window is kept secure with a brass knob. Get it monogrammed for an extra $20 to ensure everyone knows its your bag and not theirs.
Lotuff Leather Luggage Tag
Rhode Island-based Lotuff Leather prides itself on making handcrafted leather goods that will stand the test of time, and their Luggage Tag is one of those things. Simple yet handsome, this tag features an ID window with a privacy flap, and a buckled strap.
Ghurka Brass Tag
Named for the Ghurka soldiers found in the Himalayas, the leather goods company was born in the 1970s and has been crafting quality bags and accessories ever since. Its Brass Tag is a departure from the more traditional luggage tags you’ll see on this list, sporting a decidedly military look (think: army ID tags). Choose between black or brown leather, and fully customize the brass plate with your contact information.