Color of luggage

Nov 19th, 2007, 06:31 PM
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Color of luggage

Do you think if you have unique looking luggage that helps at the airport? This might seem like a stupid question. I got pink. Its seems like everyone has black.
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Nov 19th, 2007, 06:43 PM
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It's not a stupid question at all. For years I carried either a black or navy suitcase and I will never have that again. Here are some benefits of a colorful suitcase:

First of all, your bag is easy to spot on the carousel. And because an odd color is eye-catching I believe helps to prevent theft from the carousel. The way I see it, if there's a thief in the crowd, he doesn't want a suitcase that will draw attention to him. He wants a bag that looks like all others, that way if he's caught he can act like it was an innocent mistake.

Pink is a great choice.
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Nov 19th, 2007, 06:51 PM
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My usual bag is rust colored and I've never seen another one the same color. It makes baggage collection much easier!
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Nov 19th, 2007, 07:29 PM
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Yeah last summer we waited like 30 minutes to 45 minutes to get our bags cause they were black.. So I said I will get a color nobody hardly ever gets.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 01:42 AM
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I have a mint green Kipling rolling duffle bag & I've NEVER seen another like it. I'll never own another black or navy suitcase & think that every time I stand by a luggage carousel.

I don't even care about the stains on it.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 05:03 AM
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If you and your luggage get sent in opposite directions or your luggage just doesn't show up at your destination, you are asked to provide a physical description of it to help them locate it (probably circling under the Denver airport in perpetuity).

Guess how likely they are to find it if you say "it was a Travelpro black 22" rollaboard." Now guess how much easier if you can say "which I painted with day-glo bunnies" or if you can say "it was pink."
Nov 20th, 2007, 08:01 AM
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We wanted colored luggage, but had to get black because that was what was available. So I have a green striped strap on them, and they are easy to spot. There are also colored ribbons on the handles.
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Nov 20th, 2007, 09:09 AM
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My big suitcase is this weird orange, and my rollers are lime green and irridescent blue.... no more black suitcases for me!!
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Nov 20th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Yes, pink is easy to spot on a carousel, but it always draw my attention for another reason. Doesn't matter which brand, it gets so dirty!

These days everybody has black luggage, and people get really creative! Duct tape, stickers, ribbons, luggage tags...

I had red, and now black with color ribbons tied to it. I'd say both are/were equally easy to spot.
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Nov 22nd, 2007, 07:19 PM
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Honestly, I don't understand this. I see people who look at every tag of every bag wondering if it is theirs. Do a lot of people have really really bad eye sight? I have black suitcases, and I can easily spot them from at least 35 feet away. And I wear glasses.

There are plenty of ways to tell your baggage apart. The shape of the front pockets. The style of the handles. The wheels. The shape of the stoppers on the bottom. The style of zipper. Your luggage tag. The material. I mean, I really don't see what the big deal is with black luggage. And frankly, it looks the classiest.
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Nov 23rd, 2007, 04:30 AM
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You may be able to recognize your own black "penguin" - er - suitcase among all the others, but as I noted earlier, the day will come when yours won't come home with you. And tags can get pulled off -- I've lost several. By the time they decide they can open your to see if you have any interior ID, you're probably sunk.

Black does look "classy," but without something really distinctive, you just have to hope you and it stay close together.
Nov 30th, 2007, 02:03 PM
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We have one suitcase in bright blue and one in vivid red--no problems finding them on the luggage carrousel or anywhere else. We also use big, bright tags to add to the effect.
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Dec 1st, 2007, 12:37 PM
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Ours are dark green with orange yarn wound around the handles.
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Dec 1st, 2007, 11:08 PM
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Well I hate to tell you Bobmrg, if you and I were on the same flight we could mistaken our luggage, lol.

But not to worry, I will be buying some new luggage.
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Dec 3rd, 2007, 09:58 AM
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If you already own black luggage, and fret that it's difficult to discern in the pile on the carousel, a cheap 'n' easy solution:

Buy some brightly colored fabric or duct ("duck") tape. Day-glo orange is my current favorite. Create a pattern on *both* sides of your bag with the tape - a big "X", say, or a fanciful striped pattern. Perhaps your initials. Go crazy, maybe, with two or three different colors of tape.

The tape stays stuck for several trips, and also serves as a theft deterrent -- no thief worth with any brain at all would dare carry off a suitcase striped with Chartruese duct tape.

Of course, if you're one of those with incredibly expensive luggage, or one who likes to keep even the cheapest luggage looking as if it just came off the retailer's shelf -- this tip won't work for you.
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Dec 3rd, 2007, 11:43 AM
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Travel shops sell brightly colored pieces of fabric that are fastened around the handle of your luggage with hook and loop material.

We found they were fairly expensive and prone to come off if the luggage is handled roughly (we also found that if you mark only one handle on a bag, that handle will invariably be placed on the bottom where it is hard to see; our solution was to mark each handle).

My wife visited a fabric shop and found some brightly colored cloth and cut pieces and hemmed them on her sewing machine, then sewed them around the handles; we could have used hook and loop, but sewing is sturdier. I actually did the hand sewing, as I have some sailmaking equipment that makes such sewing easy.

They have worked and lasted very well, in addition to saving us money, so now when we shop for a new bag, we don't have to worry about what colors are in stock, we just cover the handles.
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Dec 19th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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I saw a fabulous orange set but was worried it would look dirty in no time. I got dark red instead and have been very happy overall. There are other red bags, but nowhere near as many as black! I think dark greens, blues, and even browns could be good alternatives as well.
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Dec 19th, 2007, 06:44 PM
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I have just returned from a trip with my new bright yellow suitcase with black trim and OMG is it ever dirty, after only one trip!! But that's OK, I will clean it up and use it again next time. I love being able to spot quickly on the carousel, it looks like a big bumblebee!!
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Dec 20th, 2007, 11:37 AM
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P_M, maybe if you leave it dirty it will decrease the chances of getting it stolen even MORE
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Dec 22nd, 2007, 07:53 AM
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hello pgh1974:

Coloured luggage:

I have black hard side cases like 100 million others on the carosel but I can spot mine when it is at the beginning of my sight line and I am as far away as possible.

I pained a large [6 inch high] initial with white paint. One on each side.

I have done this for about 8 years now and repaint every once in a while. No ribbon to snag and tear off, just the wear and tear of travel.

I recently purchased [2] light weight carry on for our next trip in January. Those cases are fabric and they too took the white paint but required many coats to soak into the fabric before it began to show white.

The large letter [my last name] is unique to me and is like no other luggage I have seen in those years or ever for that matter. I have no problem with others doing the same aswe would likely have different initials and different style of font.

The luggage happens to be black because those were the cases that I liked best when I bought them.

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