Multiple uses for a luggage tag
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Mitchell Ebbott
(mebbott) - F - M

Locale: SoCal
Multiple uses for a luggage tag on 05/28/2014 20:45:06 MDT Print View

With all that we've invested in our gear, none of us want to accidentally leave a pack somewhere with no way of getting back to us. Sometimes we might have permits inside that might help a good samaritan find the owner, but not always, and I like to keep my ID on my person at all times. I thought about putting a standard luggage tag on there, but most of them seemed either not very durable or waterproof, overly heavy, or too small for a potential do-gooder to find easily.

Then I had a thought. What if something like this custom-engraved acrylic tag could be multi-purposed? Could I then justify its place in my pack?

For starters, it could work as a pot scraper. Does anybody have other ideas?

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
re: Multiple uses for a luggage tag on 05/29/2014 08:44:39 MDT Print View

A 10-year old boy did a YouTube thing showing how to easily open a Bear Vault using a credit card. So maybe that's another use for your ID card?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Multiple uses for a luggage tag on 05/29/2014 08:56:19 MDT Print View

You can buy lamination kits designed to be used as luggage tags. Most people laminate a business card. I always keep my ID in my pack, as I probably won't need it and I want to maximize my base weight. In 50 years of backpacking I have never lost my pack.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Multiple uses for a luggage tag on 05/29/2014 10:58:17 MDT Print View

I typically have a yellow copy of the wilderness permit in my pack, that has my info, and emergency contact. write down your email address on it.

Another tip, if you carry a LCD pocket camera, or smart phone that is password protected, make the screen display wallpaper a photo of a simple note with your handwritten email address.

We're assuming that a good Samaritan or a uniformed person would try to locate you.
leave the paper info in an obvious place in your pack, stash mesh pocket, top lid on a pack, camera wallpaper display...

if you pack your medical insurance card on your trips, that's a good place to put your info too.

Good luck

J R
(JRinGeorgia) - F
re: Multiple uses for a luggage tag on 05/29/2014 18:19:15 MDT Print View

>>"A 10-year old boy did a YouTube thing showing how to easily open a Bear Vault using a credit card."

I saw that a while back, pretty slick. Works too, but it can crimp the card you use.

If the ID card was reflective it could double as a signal mirror...

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Multiple uses for a luggage tag on 05/29/2014 19:17:53 MDT Print View

Road ID tag. You can get one that goes right on some webbing.

Road ID

Or use a label maker and stick one to something..

Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
Re: Multiple uses for a luggage tag on 05/30/2014 23:27:50 MDT Print View

I've been using a small hot pink aluminum heart shaped dog tag attached to the outside of my pack that has my contact information engraved on it. Weighs practically nothing. Multipurpose? Identification and shows off my softer side.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
Pet Tags on 06/01/2014 10:27:30 MDT Print View

+1 on the pet tags (and they come in many shapes including rectangles!).

I have one engraved with name, contact phone, and my health insurance plan number (in case I'm hurt). Cheap, available on the internet, and very lightweight. Oh, and funky colors!