The big mistake you’re making with your suitcase before your holiday – and it could leave you thousands out of pocket

BEFORE heading to the airport there is one thing you should do or you risk having thousands of pounds left out of your pocket.

A damaged – or even lost – suitcase can ruin your vacation before it even begins.

Take a picture of your suitcase before your vacation, experts warn

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Take a picture of your suitcase before your vacation, experts warnCredit: Alamy

Experts warn that holidaymakers who photograph their suitcase not only have a higher chance of getting it back, but also of receiving compensation in the event of damage.

Air passenger rights website AirHelp states: “If your luggage is damaged en route from A to B, a photo taken just before it is handed over to the airline proves that you are not trying to claim damage for previous damage make.

“Because you photographed your baggage before it was handed over, you have visual evidence of your claim that your baggage was returned in a deteriorated condition.”

Frequent flier Sarvakhgyan Santhaunam backed this up on Quora, stating: “Before every flight, just take a picture of your luggage from four different angles on your phone.

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“Almost every passenger knows what it contains, but does not give a clear description of what the baggage looks like.

“For example, if a passenger says they lost their black suitcase, airport authorities can never trace them back as there are thousands of black suitcases at the airport.

“A photo gives a very clear description of the baggage and helps airport authorities narrow their search.

“The chances of getting your luggage are usually higher if you have a photo.”

It’s not just the exterior that you should photograph, but all of the inside as well.

Traveler Ryan Smith wrote on The Point’s Guy: “Let’s say your bag has been lost and you want to request a refund. One of the first steps in this process will be proving what was in your suitcase and its value.

“Can you identify exactly what was in your suitcase the last time you checked in a bag and how much each item is worth? I know I couldn’t get out of my head.

“That’s why I plan to take photos and videos of the contents of my checked bags whenever there’s anything valuable inside.”

Travel insurance provider Allianz confirmed that this was a “handy tool” as it was a “time-stamped record” to prove the contents of the suitcase.

A traveler who had no proof of the value of the contents of his suitcase – which amounted to about US$2,200 (£1,914) – was only awarded US$900 (£783) in compensation when it got lost.

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If you want to reduce the chance of losing your suitcase, you should avoid a black bag.

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Having photos of the inside and outside of your suitcase gives you a better chance of getting it back if it's lost - or compensation if it's not

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Having photos of the inside and outside of your suitcase gives you a better chance of getting it back if it’s lost – or compensation if it’s notCredit: Alamy

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