Updated June 28, 2020.
Happy Travel Tip Tuesday! This week I’m bringing you along to an awesome store in Scottsboro, AL, called Unclaimed Baggage! Have you ever wondered what happened to that lost luggage you never could locate? Well, it probably ended up here. Unclaimed Baggage is the only buyer and seller of lost or unclaimed luggage (and cargo!) in America, and they have new items coming in every day! Here are a few things I found there:
Things that Should NEVER Go in Checked Luggage
There were SO MANY phones, laptops, fancy cameras, e-readers, and the like. Please, please, please keep these with you in your carry-on!
Rule #1: Leave your expensive jewelry at home when you travel. Rule #2: If you do bring your expensive jewelry, please keep it on your person! The most expensive thing they ever sold at Unclaimed Baggage was a Rolex watch for $36,000!
No really, your destination wedding dress should be your carry-on. They can hang it up for you in the plane! And that $3,200 day dress? Also worth rolling into your carry-on luggage. Hope these were lost on the way home and not on the way to their destinations!
A “Personal Item”
Most airlines allow you to bring one “carry on” and one “personal item” with you aboard the plane. Please, keep your $395 purse with you as your personal item and not in your checked bag!
General Clothing is the Most Lost Item, But…
…there were about a million scarves for sale! I might have bought a few for myself.
Unclaimed Baggage doesn’t just buy and sell lost checked luggage. They also take on lost shipments! This is what they call “Unclaimed Cargo.” So if you see a bunch of one thing, it was probably not packed in someone’s luggage but was perhaps on its way to a store!
Lost in the Mail
Maybe it fell off the UPS truck, maybe it was never picked up at the post office. After a while, it ended up here.
Not everything at Unclaimed Baggage is claimable. There are some fun museum pieces that are for display only. Check them out!
Have you ever been to Unclaimed Baggage? Is it on your “Must Do” list now? Let me know below! And tune in tomorrow for a peak inside the “Unclaimed Baggage Experience!“
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