Best luggage tags and labels in 2018 reviewed
I’m sure you’ve been in a situation where:
You’re tired after a long flight…
You just want to find your luggage and get home ASAP…
And you’re waiting for your luggage at the carousel for 30 minutes, only to realize that the black suitcase (which happens to resemble 10 others at least) that’s been circling for the last 29 minutes is actually yours!
Experiences like this are never pleasant. With the luggage tags we’ve picked out, you can ensure that you not only get your luggage quickly, but also never lose it.
Our top 10 luggage tag picks
We’ve broken down the different types of tags, what to look for and all the best luggage name tags and GPS tags as well.
1. TUFFTAAG PAIR Travel ID Bag Tag
- Good size
- Great durability
- PDF template for personalization
- A bit pricey
First up, you can buy these in a range of colors, so you can definitely find a tag that doesn’t blend in with your suitcase. The aluminum design makes it durable even in the toughest of conditions. The material also helps make these tags very easy to spot.
Size: 2.36 x 4.13 x 0.15 inches
Available individually or in sets of 2
The strap is a steel cable, which allows the tag to stay secured to your bag or suitcase. The unscrewing process is quite simple. After purchase, the company will send you a PDF template which you can print and insert into the TUFFTAAG itself, which is very handy. All of these features make this our pick for the best luggage tag.
2. Tag with Initials by Shacke
- Gives you a truly personalized luggage
- Identification is easy
- Good design
- Can withstand rough treatment
- Some rare cases of the steel loop being loose were reported
A luggage tag you can personalize has more value and is much easier to identify than other generic options. You can select your initials and customize this tag to your liking.
Size range: 4 x 2.5 inches
Initials: A to Z
The rest of the design is rather self-explanatory. The difference between these and the other Shacke luggage tags on our list is that you can't seal your name and address from public view. It's certainly not a con in our eyes, but this is a very subjective decision.
The upsides are the tag’s construction and ability to withstand rough treatment. Due to its size, you’re much better off using it with checked luggage than with a carry-on. A tag that's personal and highly visible like this ticks all the boxes for us.
3. Travelambo Genuine Leather Luggage Tags
- Very high-quality material
- Perfect size
- The buckle design could be made more secure
Another one of our favorites is the Travelambo leather luggage tag. The quality is impressive from the get-go. The colors are bright---maybe not as bright as the pictures, but they do definitely stick out and serve their purpose well.
Size: 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.1 inches
Set of 2
This tag uses a strap and steel buckle that are reasonably effective in keeping the tag attached to your bag. In some cases, rough luggage handling can force the strap to come loose. This tag comes as a set of two. This is perfect for your carry-on as well since it is not too bulky, unlike brands, such as the Dynotag. The privacy flap is pretty simple and similar to the Tufftag or Travelon privacy flaps. Overall, this is indeed another top luggage tag for travelers to use.
4. Square Luggage Tags by Leatherology
- Full grain leather
- Comes in an elegant gift box
- Securing strap is easy to use
- Perfect for carry-on luggage or travel bags
- Too small for larger suitcases
This is an ideal tag for smaller bags and carry-on luggage. It is made from high-quality leather and is available in a number of vibrant colors. It comes in a very elegant gift box as well, making it an ideal gift for travelers!
Size: 3.9 x 3.3 x 0.2 inches
It's hard to go wrong with this impressive tag by Leatherology. The square tag's aesthetics and leather quality are very good. This tag will last you or the person you gift it to for a very long time. However, it’s quite small and not ideal for larger suitcases, since the whole point is to identify your luggage as soon as possible. This tag can be pretty easy to miss on the carousel, which is its only downside.
For carry-ons, though, it’s perfect! It also has an ID window where you can enter your contact details. There are other shapes and sizes available from Leathorology as well which you can check out before you decide. Their larger options for larger suitcases are good too, and the build quality is equally exceptional.
5. Tile Mate - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder
- Extremely versatile
- The app is very easy to use
- Perfect for checking to see if luggage made the connecting flight
- Clean & compact design
- Stolen luggage needs other Tile devices nearby for discovery
- Limited life of 1 year (approx.)
- Can be invasive since location is constantly logged onto tile devices
The Tile Mate can do a lot of things, but the coolest thing in our opinion is that it can check if your luggage has been loaded onto your connecting flight while you’re still in the airplane. The Tile’s Bluetooth allows you to travel with a piece of mind. Instead of waiting and keeping an eye on every suitcase that passes by, you can simply check your app to see when the luggage has arrived on the carousel.
Size: 1.34 x 1.34 x 0.18 inches
Range: 30 Feet – 100 feet
Available in packs of 1, 4 & 8.
The Tile Mate is extremely versatile. It has a number of features which can help you locate your phone with the press of a button or find anything that other Tiles are attached to.
The “notify when found” option has its pros and cons. This option allows other people’s Tiles to notify you when they walk near your missing Tile or suitcase. The upside is that you can harness the community’s power to track down lost or stolen items; the downside is that your luggage HAS to come into range of another Tile. This is where GPS trackers can have an edge. If you are traveling in remote locations, Tile might not help you. Another downside is that if you place your Tile on the outside of the baggage, it can come off, rendering it useless.
Overall, we think this is a pretty great option for travelers since they can use them with backpacks, luggage, or even a tent on a camping trip. Make sure you read the TOS to see if you are comfortable with how the Tiles interact with each other, especially if you plan on using it with other everyday devices. As the Tile community grows, so will its effectiveness.
6. Shacke Luggage Tags
- Flexible material makes it hard to break
- Privacy cover is great to hide info
- Plenty of color options
- Twice the weight of most other tags
- Some users reported that the metal strap could be tough to work with
Up next is the Shacke luggage tag set. This tag is pretty regular in terms of looks, but it’s highly functional.
Size: 4.5 x 2.5 inches
Set of 2
Made of PVC, this tag is very bendable. It’s almost a necessity considering the tag’s rather bulky size and feel. This tag fits most standard business cards with ease and has a flap that covers the owner information. We noticed that the steel loop is extremely tough, which can be good or bad in terms of effectiveness depending on what the tag is attached to. If the loop was slightly larger, it would be perfect for most suitcases on the market. This is a pretty solid choice for anyone looking for a simple and inexpensive luggage tag.
7. Cool Luggage Tag by Travelon
- Great value for money
- Highly durable
- Does not fit business cards
- Tricky to open
If you are a frequent traveler and need a luggage tag that will last for thousands of miles, the Travelon is the one for you.
Size: 3.5 x 2.5 x .25
Set of 2
The hard, plastic feel of the tag is designed to stand the test of time. The rubber strap that connects to your luggage is quite sturdy too. A lot of users have reported that the tag can be a bit tricky to open. This particular tag is designed to hide your essential info while still showing the name until detached and opened; the tag needs to be removed and disassembled in order to insert the info sheet inside. We really liked the design, and the price is extremely cheap too. This is a cool tag for anyone looking to secure their carry-on or suitcase.
8. Luggage tags for cruises by Highwind
- Perfect for cruises aboard Carnival, Princess, Costa, P&O and more.
- Zip enclosure protects the tag from rain or rough handling
- Great price
- A bigger wire holder would make this perfect
Primarily designed with cruises in mind, these travel tags are perfect for any mode of transport. The tags make the essential info very easy to read and identification is a cinch
Set of 4 or 8
Size: 7.25 x 3.5 inches
PVC plastic material
The zip seal is a simple but great idea to keep the tag secure when rough handling comes into play. It keeps moisture out as well, so you don’t need to worry if you spill a drink on the tag. We thought the stainless steel loops could be slightly bigger to make this tag absolutely perfect. This is without a doubt the best cruise tag on the market and one of our favorites.
9. Hibate Comfort Neoprene Luggage Handle Wraps Grips
- Great for identification
- Works for any travel bag
- No ID info in case the luggage is lost
- Coloration suffers when damp or wet
For those simply looking to identify their luggage more quickly at baggage claim, the Hibate is perfect. There isn’t any flapping metal and the chances of the wrap coming off are minimal.
Size: 5.9 x 4.5 inch
These bright fluorescent handle wraps are made of neoprene, which is comfy and safe on the hands, too. The design fits almost every suitcase handle perfectly. We noted that even though it’s loose on a few suitcase handles, it still didn’t come off. The Velcro is also sufficiently strong for rough handling. Nothing makes your luggage easier to spot than handle wraps.
10. NUOLUX Travel Luggage Tags
- Very inexpensive
- Waterproof sheet ensures your writing stays
- Does not fit business cards
- Hard to see the name without removing the entire tag
For those looking for something inexpensive for the entire family, the NUOLUX is perfect. As far as the best luggage tags go, these are definitely in the running. The metal screw connector is simple to operate as well.
Size: 7.5 x 4.4 cm
Set of 7
What we really liked the most is the waterproof film that protects whatever you write on the tag.
A lot of the time writing fades due to moisture or constant friction, and this set definitely provides a solution on that front. It’s a great option for the entire family since it is available as a set of seven.
The only downside is the design of the card slit. In an attempt to make sure personal information is hidden from view, the slit was made too narrow (in our opinion). It’s quite hard to read the name through the airplane-shaped slit, so if two people have similar tags, you could pick up the wrong suitcase. This tag does fit a lot of business cards, but not all. Overall, the NUOLOX is a great option if you are on a budget and are looking for some cheap luggage tags.
4 TYPES OF TAGS AND IDENTIFIERS
You might think luggage tags are simple, but, there are actually 4 different types of luggage tags you typically find on the market…
Ordinary Luggage Tags
These are your traditional tags that most people use on their handbags and suitcases. They come with straps made of different materials and have space for you to fill out your name; you can simply write it in or have it printed for better personalization. Airlines often give out these baggage tags (which are often rectangular), or they can come as a free accessory when you buy the top travel luggage on the market. The downsides with the free ones are durability and the fact that they don’t stand out much from other people’s tags.
Smart Luggage Tags
Smart luggage tags, or QR tags, allow you to trace your luggage quickly in the airport or help you find lost or stolen luggage. Even though better airline practices have resulted in less lost luggage, there are still a significant number of occurrences. These tags utilize QR codes, GPS, or Bluetooth, depending upon the design. There are also alternatives where a tag can simply be activated and you can track the bag through the manufacturer’s website. Another major advantage with these is that they can easily be used on any handbag, backpack, keychain, wallet, or suitcase.
Good old stickers will do the trick if you are looking for something simple and economical. These function like personalized luggage tags, allowing you or the authorities to easily identify your luggage. The downsides with these are 1.) stickers can damage the material of some bags, leaving an ugly stain from the glue, and 2.) they can’t be tracked remotely and can only help you in limited scenarios.
Luggage Handle Wraps
The luggage handle wrap is another kind of identifier that can simplify your baggage claim experience. It can also help authorities locate the luggage easily when misplaced. The wrap, unlike regular tags or smart tags, does not contain any information, so it cannot be directly returned to their owner. These do have the added benefit of providing a very comfy grip, which can make pulling your suitcase that much easier.
Factors we considered when choosing the best luggage tags
The appearance of your tag is important for aesthetic reasons, but even more important for visibility. If your tag doesn’t help you spot your suitcase or backpack quickly, then it doesn’t fully serve its purpose. Always look for a tag that is unique and stands out.
You can also opt for tags based on your likes and dislikes. An example of a cool luggage tag for someone could be a Spider-man or Iron Man tag. These would be quite unique and ensure there’s no chance of getting your suitcases mixed up. That is also the reason why flashy colors are our preferred choice.
The airlines always hand out a couple of paper tags at the check-in counter, why can’t I just use those?
Well, for starters, those are all identical. They’re typically just handed out for your carry-on and not your checked luggage and can also be torn quite easily. In some airports, stepping out onto the tarmac into a bit of light rain is not uncommon, so paper tags can be destroyed very quickly. These are also devoid of smart tracking features that you can otherwise have at your disposal. The advantage is that they are quite eco-friendly. If your suitcase (like some B&R luggage) has a retractable tag then those are definitely beneficial.
When we talk about functionality for a luggage tag, we usually talk about how clearly it presents your information. Look for a tag that clearly displays your name, or whatever info you deem essential. Some tags need to be opened or taken apart to view the name. At the same time, products that hide info like addresses can be useful; you have to decide what your preferences are. If you decide to print your tag info, keep in mind that some ink can fade rapidly. A good label can be used on any set of luggage and will always be insulated from weather elements. Smart tags add a whole bunch of functionality features but make sure the ones that are most important to you are present.
Luggage tags come in a wide variety of materials. These range from PVC to plastic to leather to aluminum. Generally, the size and the flexibility of the tag impacts how well it survives your travels. Look for products that have satisfaction guarantees—these are usually an indication of a solid product. Aluminum tends to be the lightest yet flimsiest of all the aforementioned materials. Plastic is not exactly environmentally friendly either, so try to opt for a metallic or leather option if durability is your number one criterion.
Type of strap
The strap is important in determining the durability and functionality as well. Steel straps are common because they have repeatedly shown to be quite sturdy and tough. Leather straps are a great choice if the overall build quality is high; otherwise, the edges can start fraying easily. Additionally, watch out for excessive sharpness in some tags and straps.
If you’ve ever taken a cab from an airport, then you’ve seen how some taxi drivers throw your suitcase in the back. We’ve chosen ones that are flexible but firm at the same time.
This is probably the most important feature for many people, but we feel personalized tags need to be as durable as regular tags in order to be worth the extra couple of bucks. The Shacke and the GP we’ve chosen can be customized to an extent, but we highly valued the visibility these provided in addition to the initials and engraving. You can always get very clever with what you choose to display.
Smart luggage tags can track your luggage in numerous ways. If you are looking for a tag that provides you peace of mind, opt for a smart tag that works with Bluetooth or can be actively tracked at all times. Tags like the ReturnMe or the Dynotag are options for you to consider, but they’re still dependent on the device to contact the respective service, which then puts the device in touch with you. The Tile mate we thought has a bit of an edge in this department since you can directly track your luggage. Some of the brands also provide a pet ID tag service, so can travel with your little friends anywhere in the world with greater peace of mind.
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