5 Tips on How Not to Lose Stuff (And Your Mind) When Traveling This Holiday Season

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By Jesse Sokolow on 15 December 2016
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If you are traveling through an airport this holiday season, chances are, things are going to be somewhat hectic. Amidst the hustle and bustle passengers rush to their gates and belongings sometimes get left behind.

Clothing is one of the most common items that travelers lose, often including a belt or jacket left at a security checkpoint. Personal items and accessories that can fit in a pocket or bag, such as cellphones, glasses, wallets, watches, and laptops and tablets are also commonly lost. Indeed, in 2015, Chicago O’Hare International Airport reported that a total of 1,500 laptops had been left behind at its security checkpoints, while nearby and much smaller Midway Airport reported 350.

Keep in mind that not all such items are lost at airports. Belongings fall out of people’s pockets in taxis and passengers leave items behind on trains as well.

Southwest Airlines said that the four most common items it has found on planes in past years are books, mobile phones, clothing, and eyeglasses, while McCarran International Airport reported that mobile phones, spectacles, belts, watches, and wallets top their list.

Several years ago, London City Airport reported that shoes were one of the most commonly left behind items at its security checkpoints. It also reported that travelers in 2013 left behind £50,000 in cash, a bag of diamonds, and a checkbook with signed blank checks.

While it’s easy to forget items, it’s just as easy to prepare in advance and not lose anything. Here are our top five tips.

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