Best luggage tags and labels in 2017 reviewed

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Shree Ravi

Searching for the best luggage tags in 2017? We’ve got you covered! Check out our complete list of Pros & Cons and select your perfect luggage name tag.

Traveling is almost always a pleasing and stress relieving activity. However, there are times during one’s travels which can be a bit tough to endure. Losing your luggage or waiting for it for a while in baggage claim are such uncomfortable instances. A scenario where about five to ten heavy suitcases that look identical circle around the belt repeatedly, can be tedious to keep track off. Safety is always a top priority and luggage tags can ensure that.

Top luggage tags are usually versatile and can be used on carry-on luggage, check-in baggage or even backpacks. Irrespective of whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the best luggage tags will definitely aid you so that you are not inconvenienced by lost luggage or bags. 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. Luggage Tags Business Card Holder TUFFTAAG PAIR Travel ID Bag Tag

Strengths:

  • Good Size
  • Great Durability
  • PDF template for personalization

Weaknesses:

  • A bit pricey

Features:

Size: 2.36 x 4.13 x 0.15 inches

Available individually or in sets of 2

First up, you can buy these in a range of colours so you can definitely have one that does not blend in with the suitcase itself. The Aluminium design is extremely sturdy which makes it durable even in the toughest of conditions.

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The upside is that the colours are quite distinct thanks to the material, this in turn, makes it very easy to spot. The strap is a steel cable which allows the tag to stay secure to your bag or suitcase. The unscrewing process is quite simple and easy. After purchase, the company will send you a PDF template which you can then print and insert into the TUFFTAAG itself which is very handy. All of these features make this our pick (amongst the regular tags at least) for the best luggage tag.

 

2. Tile Mate - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder

Strengths:

  • Extremely versatile
  • The app is very easy to use
  • Perfect for checking to see if luggage made the connecting flight
  • Clean & Compact design

Weaknesses:

  • Stolen luggage need to have other Tile devices nearby for discovery
  • Limited life of 1 year (approx.)
  • Can be invasive since location is constantly logged onto tile devices

Features:

Size: 1.34 x 1.34 x 0.18 inches

Bluetooth tracker

Range: 30 Feet – 100 feet

Available in packs of 1, 4 & 8.

The tile mate can do a lot of things but one of the coolest in our opinion is that it can check if your luggage has been loaded onto your connecting flight while you’re in the aircraft. 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.

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The Tile Mate’s uses are extremely versatile as it has a number of features which can help you locate your phone through a single press or find locate anything and everything that other tiles are attached to.

The “notify when found” option has its upsides and downsides, however. 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 downsides are 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 this might not help you. Another is that if you place your tile on the outside of the baggage it can be separated, which can render them useless.

Overall, we think this is a pretty great option for travelers as they can use it with backpacks, luggage or even a tent when you are hiking in the forest. Make sure you read the TOS to see if you are comfortable with how the tiles interact with one another if you plan on using it on other everyday devices. As the tile community grows so will its effectiveness.

 

3. Shacke Luggage Tags

Strengths:

  • Flexible Material makes it hard to break
  • Privacy cover is great to hide info
  • Plenty of color options

Weaknesses:

  • Double the weight of most other tags
  • Some users reported the metal strap to be a bit tough to work with

Features:

Size: 4.5 x 2.5 inches

Set of 2

Up next is the Shacke luggage tag set. This tag is as regular as they come in terms of looks but is highly functional. Made of PVC this tag is very bendable.

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It’s almost a necessity considering that the size and feel are on the bulkier side. This tag can fit most standard business cards with ease and has a flap that covers the owner info. We noticed that the steel loop is extremely tough and this can go both ways in terms of effectiveness based on what the tag is attached to. If the loop was slightly larger it would be perfect for many suitcases in the market. A pretty solid choice for anyone needing a luggage name tag that is simple and inexpensive.

4. Cool Luggage Tag by Travelon

Strengths:

  • Great value for money
  • Highly durable

Weaknesses:

  • Does not fit business cards
  • Tricky to open

Features:

Size: 3.5 x 2.5 x .25

Set of 2

If you are a frequent traveler and are in need of a name tag for your luggage that will withstand thousands of miles, the Travelon is the one for you.

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The hard plastic feel of the tag is great and is designed to withstand the test of time. The rubber strap that connects to your luggage is quite sturdy too. A lot of users have reported that it can be a bit tricky to open. This particular tag is designed to hide your essential info whilst revealing the name until detached and opened. The tag needs to be removed and disassembled in order to insert the info sheet inside. The design is something we really liked and the price is extremely cheap too. A cool tag for anyone looking to secure their carry-on or suitcase.

5. Dynotag Web/GPS Enabled QR Smart Deluxe Steel Luggage Tag

Strengths:

  • Easy setup
  • Good construction
  • Private info is not on display

Weaknesses:

  • Design could be better
  • Need to scan to reveal owner info
  • Not an anti-theft product

Features:

Size: 2.56-inch diameter

QR + Passive GPS tech

The Dynotag is a quirky luggage tag for finding lost luggage. The large circular piece can be attached to any luggage or suitcase using the steel strap which is quite strong. Otherwise one can simply stick it on to the suitcase or backpack.

 

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A QR is on the back of the device which basically stores all the info you enter about yourself on the Dynotag website. We liked that the amount of info one has to enter is optional. The simplicity of the setup process is terrific. So even a simple email would suffice. Now, in order to locate the lost luggage, someone has to scan the QR code for the GPS to be obtained. We thought this was a bit of a letdown as this very well equates to reading a name tag and calling the owner. The tag is also quite large and as recommended by the company, works well for larger suitcases and luggage.

6. Luggage tags for cruises by Highwind

Strengths:

  • Perfect for cruises aboard Carnival, Princess, Costa, P&O and more.
  • Zip enclosure protects the tag from rain or rough handling
  • Great Price

Weaknesses:

  • A bigger wire holder would make this perfect


Features:

Set of 4 or 8

Size: 7.25 x 3.5 inches

PVC plastic material 

Primarily designed with cruises in mind, these travel tags are perfect for any mode of transport too. The tags make the essential info very easy to read and identification is a cinch.

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The zip seal is a simple yet great idea to keep the tag secure when rough handling comes into play. It keeps moisture out as well so you needn’t worry if you spill a drink on the tag. The stainless steel loops, we thought 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 favourites.

7. Hibate Comfort Neoprene Luggage Handle Wraps Grips

Strengths:

  • Great for identification
  • Comfy
  • Works for any travel bag

Weaknesses:

  • No ID info, in case the luggage is lost
  • Coloration suffers when damp or wet

Features

Size: 5.9 x 4.5 inch

Neoprene material

For those simply looking to identify their luggage quicker at carousels, the Hibate is perfect. There isn’t any flapping metal or aluminum tags and the chances of the wrap coming off are minimal.

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These bright fluorescent handle wraps have been made from 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, it still didn’t come off. The Velcro is also sufficiently strong for rough handling. Nothing makes it easier to spot your luggage than handle wraps.

8. Travelambo Genuine Leather Luggage Bag Tags

Strengths:

  • Very high-quality material
  • Lightweight
  • Perfect size

Weaknesses:

  • The buckle design could be made more secure

Features:

Size: 3.9 x 2.8 x 0.1 inches

Leather material

Set of 2

Another one of our favourites on our list is the Travelambo Leather luggage tag. At first glance, the quality is quite impressive. The colours are bright, maybe not as bright as the pictures but they do definitely stick out and serve its purpose well.

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This regular tag uses a strap and buckle made from steel and is reasonably effective in making sure the piece stays attached to the baggage. Rough luggage handling can force the strap to come loose in some cases. This tag comes as a set of 2 which is perfect for your carry-on also as it is not too bulky unlike others like the Dynotag. The privacy flap is simple and not too complex like the ones used in the Tufftag or the travelon. Overall, this is indeed another top luggage tag for folks to utilize.

9. NUOLUX Travel Luggage Tags

Strengths:

  • Very inexpensive
  • Waterproof sheet ensures your writing stays

Weaknesses:

  • Does not fit business cards
  • Hard to see the name without removing the entire tag

Features:

Size: 7.5 x 4.4 cm

Set of 7

For those looking for something inexpensive for the entire family, the NUOLUX is perfect. As far as the best travel luggage tags go, these are definitely in the conversation. The metal screw connector is quite simple to operate as well. What we really liked the most is the waterproof film that protects whatever is written.

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A lot of the time the writing fades due to moisture or constant friction. This set is definitely resolute on that front. Available as a set of 7 makes it a great option for the entire family. The downsides are purely limited to the implementation of the cards design. In an attempt to make sure information like address is hidden from view, the slit was made too narrow in our opinion. It’s quite hard to read the name through the aeroplane shaped slit, especially if two people have similar tags. These do fit a lot of business cards but not all. Overall, a great option if you are on a budget and are looking for some cheap luggage tags.

10. MEGA Cool Graffiti Stickers

Strengths:

  • Great for having a truly personalized luggage
  • Identification is easy

Weaknesses:

  • Does not stick on all luggage surfaces
  • No info in case of lost baggage

Features:

Size range: 6-15 cms

Set of 50 or 100

Waterproof & Sun-proof

These stickers are a great alternative to traditional luggage tags. The adhesive is strong and it sticks on most surfaces and can even be used on backpacks, ski helmets, ever other travel or non-travel item in the house.

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Simple yet highly effective these stickers can make your luggage look really cool. Their advantages and disadvantages are very similar to that of the handle wrap. The only disadvantage is that they can leave a stain or be hard to remove or attach on some surfaces.

The best luggage tags and identifiers are of 4 types

Despite the simplicity of the concept, there are 4 main types of luggage tags one can find and they are listed below.

Ordinary luggage tags

These are your traditional tags which most people use on their handbags and suitcases. These come with straps made from different materials and have space for you to fill out your name. You can simply write it down or have them printed for better personalization. These baggage tags (often rectangular) are handed to you by the airline themselves or come along as a free accessory when you buy the best travel luggage or suitcases in the market. The downsides with the ones you get for free is durability and the fact that they are very similar to other people’s tags.

Smart Luggage Tags

Smart luggage tags or QR tags which some call them can allow you to trace your luggage extremely quickly in the airport as well as in the scenario where it has been stolen or even misplaced by the airlines. Even though better airline practices have resulted in fewer instances of baggage loss, there are still a significant number of occurrences happening. These tags utilize QR codes, GPS or Bluetooth depending upon the design which facilitates their traceability. There are alternatives where a tag can simply be activated and you can check on the maker’s website for the bag’s whereabouts. Another major advantage with these is that they can be easily used in any handbag, backpack, key chain, wallet or suitcase.

Luggage Stickers

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 identify your luggage easily. The downsides with these are 1. it can damage the material of some bags leaving an ugly stain caused by the glue. 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 that can simplify the identification process. It can help authorities locate the luggage easily when misplaced. The wrap unlike the regular tags or smart tags does not contain any information so they cannot be directly returned to their owner. These have the added benefit of being a very comfy grip which can make pulling your suitcase that much more easier.

 

Criteria for evaluation and choosing the best luggage tags or trackers

Visibility

The appearance of your tag is important for aesthetic reasons but more important for visibility purposes. 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 stands out and is unique.

An image of one of the best luggage tags due to its uniqueness

Functionality

When we talk about functionality we usually talk about the clarity of the information presented. Look for a tag that displays your name or info you deem essential clearly. Some tags need to be opened or taken apart to view the name. At the same time products that hide info like addresses are a boon. If you decide to print your tag info, keep in mind that some ink has a tendency to fade rapidly. So a good luggage label will always be insulated from weather elements.

Durability

There are a number of different companies and products that have made use of different elements on their tags. These range from PVC, plastic to leather and aluminium. Generally, the size and the flexibility of the element has a saw in how well it survives even the toughest of airports or cruises. Look for products that have satisfaction guarantees, these are usually an indication of a solid product. Aluminium tends to be the lightest yet flimsiest of all the aforementioned materials.

A picture of a strong strap which is an important part of any luggage tag review criteria

Type of strap

This usually has a large say in the durability and functionality aspect as well. Steel straps are extremely common as 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.

Smart Functions

Smart luggage tags can track your luggage through numerous ways. If you are looking for a tag that provides a lot of security and peace of mind then opt for a smart tag that works with Bluetooth or one that can be actively tracked at all times.

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