When travelling you will often find yourself needing to store your luggage. This might be before you’re able to check into your accommodation, or after you’ve checked out and before your onward journey. Sometimes you can leave your bags at a hotel or hostel, but this isn’t possible with every type of accommodation.
You may also be visiting a place for the day (or a few hours) and where you don’t even need any accommodation for your visit.
Luckily in many destinations there are various options where you can leave your suitcase and other items. Here are the best places to store your luggage when you travel.
Where to Store and Leave Your Luggage
At your accommodation
If you’re staying overnight in a hotel or hostel (and sometimes other types of accommodation) you should be able to leave your luggage there. This can be either before you check into your room, or after you’ve checked out. This is a common service that most hotels and hostels offer.
However, if you’re staying in an apartment, campsite and various other types of accommodation then you may not be able to leave your baggage, as they just don’t have the facilities available, or they need to prepare for the next guests.
So if storing your suitcase is important to you when you’re travelling, then make sure you’ve checked your accommodation in advance on whether this is possible or not. If it’s not possible then consider using another option such as below.
At a storage location booked through a specialist online service
A great way to find places to store your baggage is by using an online service. There are various services available that are partnered with shops, hotels and other storage facilities, and they can help you find and book this storage. A few options include:
- Stasher: Stasher provides a cheap and easy way for you to find places to leaver your bags. These include locations such as hotels, shops and other businesses where you can store your travel luggage. Although not available in every destination they currently cover 150 cities, four continents and have 800+ Stashpoints. Your bags will also be insured up to £1000 (€1000 in Europe).
- LuggageHero: LuggagHero have over 1,100 locations across 40 cities in Europe and the USA. They charge an hourly fee of £1 per hour, as well as a one-time handling fee. As well as this your bags are insured for up to £2,200.
- Nannybag: Nannybag are part of a huge network and currently offer over 10,000 places to store luggage across 500 cities. You’ll also be booking with a fixed price and each bag is insured up to €1000.
In luggage storage facilities in stations
If you’re travelling through a big city sometimes you’ll find baggage storage options at train stations and airports. For example, in London you’ll find a company called Left Luggage which allows you to book storage in advance, or even turn up on the day. Similar to the other options mentioned above it’s best to always check what’s available at your destination prior to travelling if you absolutely must leave your baggage somewhere.
Things to Consider When Storing your Bags
A few important things to consider when storing your baggage include:
- Price: How much will you be paying in total for the storage service? Hourly rates are good but if you’re out for an entire day or longer then this might add up.
- Ratings and reviews: When choosing where to store your luggage we’d recommend looking at the reviews. This is more important if you’re not using a hotel/hostel to leave your bags.
- Access availability: It’s super important that you know what access you have to collect your bags when you need them. Such as if you’re out all day and intend to collect your bags before catching a late-night bus or flight, then the last thing you’d want is to find the storage facilities closed or unavailable.
- Insurance: What insurance is offered by the provider should your bags go missing, or there is a theft?
- Customer service: What customer service options are available should you need any assistance.
Your travel luggage can sometimes be a pain to travel with when you don’t have a place to store it. However, with the options now available, it means at many destinations and accommodations you should be able to store your bags safely and securely whilst you go about your day and enjoy the place that you’re visiting. We’d generally always recommend trying to use your accommodation if they offer these facilities and you should find almost every hotel and hostel does.
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