You really should travel with custom luggage tags. Everyday a traveler at one or more airports be it a large or small airport looses their luggage. Many pieces of luggage look the same so it is quite common for someone to pick up the wrong suitcase. In some instances the airport does put your luggage on the wrong plane, which is easily done when two planes are not too far from each other or if there is a new baggage person working.
Your luggage tag should be clearly marked with legible writing with your name, address, and phone numbers. Put your cell phone number on the tag and a phone number of where you are staying in case your baggage does get lost. The tag should be securely attached to the luggage. If you have more than one piece of luggage each should have its own separate tag. If you are traveling with numerous bags a good idea is to mark each as an example one of five, two of five and so on. This will help you as well as the airline.
Luggage tags come in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes. You can order tags online, buy them at retail stores, or make your own. Making your own is quite easy and fun to do.
To make your luggage tag your own, easy to find at a short distance and to identify it when you pick it up off of the luggage carrousel is to tie a piece of bright colored wool onto the bag. Put a photo of you or you and your family on your bag. This is a great way to make a designer luggage tag. Take the photo and have it laminated to a size that you will be able to see. Put a small hole through the laminated photo and attach it to your tag.
Designer luggage tags will make it easier for you to see as well as having someone else from pick up your luggage by mistake.