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Traveling for fun or business can be exciting as you can see new places, visit friends and family, or just spend some time away from the monotony of your home life. Regardless of where you go and why, you will usually need to take some important things with you in your luggage, be it clothes, jewelry or even baby food and accessories.

Now, the last thing anyone wants to think about is just what happens if your luggage gets lost or damaged once you check it at the airport, but when you’re items are important, that certainly comes into play.

Take the experience of Anthony Bianco, a travel blogger with “The Travel Tart,” who traveled from Australia to Washington, D.C. for a job interview, packing his new suit in his suitcase.

“I took a very long haul flight and flew to DC via LAX. However, my luggage became stuck at LAX while I continued onto DC,” he says. “Unfortunately, my luggage had my suit for the interview within it, which meant that I had to buy new clothes for the interview because my luggage didn’t arrive in time.”

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Hillary Bamont, director of business development for San Francisco-based Bishop-McCann, an agency that produces meetings, live events and incentives for companies all over the world, travels on average two weeks a month and has learned her lessons, too.

“Never pack jewelry in checked luggage, not even costume jewelry, especially when traveling to foreign countries such as Mexico or the Caribbean,” she says. “These items are easy to snatch since they are smaller and chances are you may never see it again as security is a bit more relaxed in those airports and theft rates amongst baggage handlers are much higher, regardless of whether or not you have a lock on your bag.”

Other things of value that you may worry about are cameras, skis, musical equipments and artwork. But “valuable” doesn’t just refer to a dollar amount. There are some important and valuable things people pack that you can’t put a price tag on.

For instance, Roger Tuttle, a businessman in Miami, Fla., went on a family vacation to Mexico last year and packed his 5-year-old daughter’s favorite blanket in his bag—and it was lost by the airline.

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“She slept with her blanket every day and can’t sleep without it, so when we realized it was gone, we didn’t know what to do. It was irreplaceable,” he says. “It took a while for her to get back in a regular sleeping pattern and now we know, never pack something that means so much in checked baggage.”

Other items that you might want to consider carrying on instead of checking include contact lenses, medication, glasses, toys or anything with large sentimental value.

Of course, a great way to protect against such worries is with the innovative LugLoc, which provides travelers with the ability to track their bags so if the airline loses them, at least you know where they are.

To take advantage of this system, simply purchase the tracking system, which combines GSM and Bluetooth technology, and then download a simple app. By tapping the app, a map will appear showing the exact location of your suitcase, regardless of where in the world it is.

So tell us, what do you check when flying? Those that give the most interesting answers will get a chance to receive a LugLoc Device for Free, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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