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These days, you can walk through the airport and see dozens of pieces of luggage that look similar — or even identical. When it comes to telling your bags apart from other travelers’, a simple luggage tag can play a huge role.

The main purpose of luggage tags is to keep your suitcase safe and ensure it makes its way back to you if lost. Luggage tags protect your belongings and help airport staff and everyone else know that your bag is yours.

Luggage tags are a practical item that should be durable enough to withhold wear and tear as your bag gets shoved into overhead bins, tossed onto baggage claim belts by airport handlers or shoved in the trunk of a car. But durability aside, luggage tags should also be stylish and match the theme of your luggage whenever possible. They can help a basic black bag stand out with a cute, colorful pattern or even feature smart tracking capabilities.

How to pick the right luggage tag for you

When selecting a luggage tag, keep style and durability in mind. Consider how easy the tag is to see, if it can be easily secured to your bag and whether it stays firmly attached so it won’t fall off. Aim for a print, color or pattern that perfectly fits your personality and your favorite suitcase. Business travelers may want something more muted, while leisure travelers might prefer to go bold. And a colorful, bright tag isn’t a bad idea even for the most refined of travelers — it can ensure your bag will stand out from all the others on the baggage carousel.

Whether it’s luxury leather, “Harry Potter”-patterned rubber or water-resistant neoprene, here are some of our favorite luggage tags you can buy ahead of your next vacation.

Leather luggage tags

$99 at Boarding Pass NYC

Boarding Pass NYC Pair of Custom Brown Leather Luggage Tags
This set of two brown leather luggage tags is a staple for the traveler who manages to always overpack, as you'll get one to strap around your carry-on bag and one for your checked luggage. They're made of premium vegetable-tanned leather and come with a durable stainless steel cable that can withstand all that travel has to throw at them. Perhaps best of all, you can personalize both tags with your name and address to clearly identify your belongings in a crowd.

$33 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Longchamp Leather Luggage Tag
For an added element of elegance, Longchamp’s Leather Luggage Tag features the brand’s signature logo subtly embossed in the middle of the caramel-colored tag. The pebbled leather, which comes with a leather strap and silver metallic pin buckle closure, is perfect for any traveler who wants a more sophisticated tag for their hard-shell or soft-sided luggage.

$65 at Bloomingdale's

Royce New York Retractable Luggage Tag
Made from 100% leather, this Royce luggage tag is retractable to fit any piece of luggage — no matter if it's a large checked suitcase or a small handle on a weekender bag. Inside the folded closure is a removable name tag — a nice extra layer of privacy so not everyone can see your personal information at a quick glance. Choose a subtle tone like tan and black, or select a brighter hue like light pink or silver. Regardless of color, the leather tag comes complete with a buckle closure so it'll stay secure throughout your travels.

$80 at Rimowa

Rimowa Luggage Tag
This chic luggage tag from the travel pros at Rimowa will liven up any basic black suitcase, giving it a polished, refined look. The Rimowa luggage tag is made in Italy out of napa leather and is available in eight colors from clementine to paprika, honey, black and more. The leather loop easily attaches to your bag, and the name card is covered to keep your personal information private.

$6.99 From $6.23 at Amazon

G'z Leather Luggage Tags, 2-Pack
The budget-minded traveler doesn't have to pass on the classic look of leather luggage tags. This set of two polyurethane leather tags comes in at less than $10 and is available in blue, black and brown. Each of the faux leather tags features an adjustable strap, snap closure and a name card where you can enter your personal information. A privacy flap ensures that your info stays covered when you're on the move.

Personalized luggage tags

$25 at Paravel

Paravel Luggage Tag
We love the Paravel brand. Not only are its travel products chic and long-lasting, but they're made with sustainability at the top of mind. Made of recycled vegan leather, this luggage tag is available in three colors and matches perfectly with the Paravel striped Cabana collection. Personalize the travel accessory by adding your monogram for an additional $15.

$29.50 at Madewell

Madewell The Leather Luggage Tag
This one-of-a-kind luggage tag is made of leather, including the attached strap and slip-on cover, which offers the ultimate privacy protection. The tag comes in two basic colors: English saddle (a deep brown) and true black. The tag plus an optional accompanying leather Madewell passport case ($32.50) in the corresponding English saddle or true black tone are the ideal gift set for your favorite traveler — you can even monogram the items at no additional cost.

From $65 at July

July Luggage Tag
Yes, you can get these chic luggage tags personalized with your own name or initials. But you know what's even better? Getting your favorite furry friend imprinted on your luggage tag. Thanks to a new feature, July luggage — including luggage tags — can be monogrammed with the face of your pet. The luggage tags are made of full-grain leather and have a hidden privacy slot for your personal information card. What better way to take Fido on every journey with you than to have his face as the identification on your luggage tag?

From $55 at Mark & Graham

Mark & Graham Printed Leather Luggage Tag
This luxury, pebbled-leather luggage tag can be monogrammed with your initials for an additional $12.50 and comes in six distinct colors. While the subtle color options like camel, navy and black are classic choices, we love the blush and kelly green hues for travelers who want to give their suitcases an added splash of color. The tags come with a privacy flap to protect your personal information.

$27 at Amazon

Pegai Personalized Rustic Leather Luggage ID Tag
This luggage tag is a favorite because not only is it made of lovely tanned leather, but it can also be customized. Give the tag as a gift or get one for yourself ahead of your next trip. It's available in four colors — mahogany, Rock, Rose and Sand — and features a business-card-sized ID pocket with a durable snap closure to keep your personal information protected.

$29.90 at Airport Tag

Airport Tag Custom Boarding Pass Luggage Tag
If you want to spot your suitcase from miles away, consider a customized luggage tag that looks just like a boarding pass. Not only will your name, address and email be printed on the durable plastic tag, but you can also personalize the boarding pass section, selecting your favorite departure and arrival airport to appear on the tag, too. Whether it’s MIA ✈ LAX or JFK ✈ LHR, your tag will be a unique reminder of your favorite travel routes, perfect for aviation geeks and travel lovers alike.

Fun luggage tags

$9.99 $6.99 at Amazon

Casmonal ‘And so the Adventure Begins’ Tags, Set of 2
For a more whimsical option, consider Casmonal’s faux leather tags, ideal for a traveler ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Embossed with the words, “and so the adventure begins,” in gold or black, these tags, complete with a steel loop and privacy cover, come in 22 different colors ranging from wine to peacock to white. With more than 4,500 5-star reviews on Amazon, these tags win praise for their quality, look and simplicity.

From $7.99 at Amazon

Chelmon Mr. and Mrs. Luggage Tag Set
The perfect honeymoon gift for your favorite newlywed travelers, this set of luggage tags comes with one white tag with "Mrs." embroidered in blush and one grey tag with "Mr." embroidered in black. The durable vegan leather tags each come with a privacy flap and a card to write in personal information.

$12.99 $9.99 at Amazon

Mziart Funny Luggage Tags, Set of 6
Luggage tags don’t have to be boring. These funny, bright luggage tags from Mziart come with phrases like “Hands Off” and “Not your bag,” ensuring your suitcases are outfitted with a little humor, all while labeling your bag and discouraging others from accidentally taking it home with them. Made from sturdy rubber, these tags are waterproof to protect your personal info. Best of all, this set of six tags comes in at less than $10, so you can outfit the whole family's suitcases for easy identification on the cheap.

$9.99 at Target

Warner Bros. 'Harry Potter' Luggage Tag Set
Fans of the beloved book and movie series can board their own Hogwarts Express with this luggage tag set, which comes with one tag featuring Platform 9 3/4 and another tag featuring Harry’s pet owl Hedwig. The tags are made of tough rubber, perfect for adults and children alike who are fans of Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the crew.

$25 at Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley Whimsy Luggage Tag
For something a little different, this butterfly-shaped luggage tag from Vera Bradley will make you smile every time you see your luggage. The tag, made of polyurethane covered with a screen-printed art pattern, comes with a name card and has a snap closure for added privacy.

$10.99 at Walmart

Graphics and More I Love Wine Luggage Tag
For anyone who truly loves wine and wants the world (or at least airport staff) to know it, this plastic luggage tag set has a pretty black-and-white striped pattern and "I ❤ Wine" printed on the tag. Included leather straps attach to the travel backpack or suitcase of your choosing. The best part? The tags come in a pack of two, so you can gift one to your preferred wine-loving travel buddy, too.

Colorful luggage tags

$8.56 $5.99 at Amazon

Travelambo Faux Leather Luggage Tag, Set of 2
If you’re in the market for eco-friendly polyurethane leather luggage tags at an affordable price, it doesn’t get much better than the Travelambo two-pack. The tags come in 35 different color and pattern options, from basic black and grey for business travelers to a more outspoken glitter purple or a bright neon yellow. Complete with a privacy cover and steel buckle, these tags will stay attached to your bag even during the wear and tear that comes with frequent travel.

$14.27 $9.99 at Amazon

Gostwo Silicon Luggage Tag, 5-Pack
These silicone luggage tags are flexible and bendable, meaning if your suitcase is tossed around, the luggage tag will move right along with your bag and stay firmly attached, thanks to its secure metal ring. The tags, which feature an airplane and come in various color packs (including a multi-color pack), have a privacy cover so only your name is visible unless you slide the cover open to see the rest of your personal information. Plus, the tags’ bright colors like neon green and orange will ensure no one will mistake your bag for theirs.

$9.99 at Amazon

Fintie Luggage Tags, 2-Pack
For travelers who want to express their personality through their luggage tag pattern, this two-pack of synthetic leather tags comes in various colorful and unique patterns, complete with a steel loop to securely attach to your bag. The tags’ patterns allow you to spot your suitcase on the baggage carousel immediately, and each comes with a privacy flap and double-sided informational card for writing all of your details.

$6 From $4.80 at Samsonite

Samsonite Designer ID Tags
For those who want a luggage tag from a trusted travel brand, Samsonite offers a quality tag at an affordable price. The vinyl tag has a sliding sleeve for your information and an elastic strap to attach to your bag. While many of Samsonite’s luggage options are muted, this tag’s eye-catching Vectorfunk or American flag pattern mean you’ll easily spot your bag the second it hits the baggage carousel.

$14.95 at Amazon

Kate Spade Stripe Luggage Tag
This colorful luggage tag is easy to spot thanks to its striped, bold tones that perfectly complement a basic black or navy suitcase. The Kate Spade tag is made from vegan leather, complete with a strap and buckle plus a privacy cover. And if you want to take the striped theme a step further, pick up the matching Kate Spade Striped Notebook to use as a travel journal.

Durable luggage tags

$24.99 $23.78 at Amazon

Talonport Indestructible Luggage Tag, 2-Pack
These stainless steel luggage tags are made for the traveler who really throws their luggage around. The virtually indestructible tags have an included lost and found service that uses serial numbers on each tag. Register the serial number on your tag and you’ll get an alert when your baggage is found — the brand even offers the finder a reward. Each tag comes with colorful, visible inserts to fill out your information. The tags come with both a leather strap and a stainless steel hook so you can choose exactly how to attach one to your suitcase.

$20.52 $18.75 at Amazon

Dynotag Smart Aluminum Luggage Tag
This tough, waterproof aluminum tag comes with a QR code that fellow travelers can scan to view your information if your bag is lost. Owners are notified if the code is scanned, and the brand will reward finders, too. This particular tag is ideal for frequent travelers who prefer the privacy of having their info hidden.

From $21.95 at Amazon

Artovida Neoprene Luggage Tags, Set of 2
For a different kind of luggage tag covered in unique art designs and made from water-resistant neoprene material, consider these funky Artovida tags. With different artistic patterns ranging from Mermaid to Flock of Birds and Birches, chances are small that you'll run into another traveler with the same tag. Plus, the neoprene material is stain-resistant, bendable and durable to last through even the craziest travels.

$28.99 at Amazon

Apple AirTag
Attach one of these handy Apple AirTags to your luggage when packing your suitcase to ensure you can track your bag throughout the travel journey. If you ping it, you’ll hear a sound and you can follow the noise straight to your bag. While it's not a luggage tag in itself, it will best help you to track your bag — especially in the case it gets lost or someone mistakes it for their own. If you're attaching the AirTag to the outside of your bag, you'll want to pick up a durable AirTag case to keep it protected through the travel journey.

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