In today’s “air-mageddon,” travelers are making serious considerations when checking luggage. Will my luggage arrive at my destination? Will I need to rent a new tennis racquet or golf clubs, or buy a new bathing suit? And how much will that cost me on top of the vacation I already paid for? The struggle weighs heavy - almost as much as the 50-pound weight limitation.
According to the Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Reports, more than 684,000 bags were mishandled in the first quarter of 2022. In April 2022 alone, the same report states that airlines mishandled nearly 220,000 of the 40 million bags they dealt with. And according to Travel Edge, about one in five flights in Europe are being canceled in the current travel landscape, which can cause several inconveniences including mishandled luggage.
While travelers increasingly rely on carry-on luggage, some luggage is not suitable for carry-on status - like large tennis bags or golf bags - or ends up being checked during the mad dash for limited overhead bin space. While a great opportunity for all the parents out there to say, "I told you so!" to their families, not much can be done after valuable items are misplaced, especially those necessary for a vacation.
In the event of lost or mishandled luggage, these hotels have what you need to ensure an enjoyable vacation.
Golf in Scotland: Bags, balls and tees at Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts (images here)
For the necessary golf pilgrimage to Scotland, golfers can rest easy knowing that all Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts properties have three sets of Titleist Clubs available for complimentary loan. All three Marine & Lawn properties – Rusacks St Andrews in the Home of Golf, Marine North Berwick in the iconic seaside town, and Marine Troon along the Ayrshire coast – are stocked with two sets of right-handed clubs, one set of left-handed clubs, Titleist ProV1 golf balls, Western Birch Marine & Lawn branded wooden tees and a range of ball markers.
Tennis in Turks and Caicos: Racquets, balls and shoes at Amanyara (images here)
Whether it’s an early morning set to awaken the body or an afternoon of entertainment with friends on Amanyara’s four clay Har-tru tennis courts, tennis players visiting Turks and Caicos can ensure they’re in top performance with complimentary tennis balls, racquets and shoes.
Outerwear in the Northeast: Hunter Borrowing Closet at Weekapaug Inn, Rhode Island (images here)
Weekapaug Inn has a fully stocked borrowing closet with items from the iconic Hunter boots brand. Located just off the entryway to the inn, a variety of Hunter boot and outerwear styles are available in several colors for both adults and children on a complimentary basis. Their durability and protection are perfect for beach walks, boating excursions, biking, bird watching, stargazing and more for personal journeys or experiences with the inn's Resident Naturalist, Teddy Beahm. This was the first U.S. hotel partnership of its kind for Hunter boots.
Discovering Patagonia: Hiking gear and binoculars at Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Tierra Patagonia, a boutique hotel on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park that hosts amazing excursions, provides travelers with all kinds of gear at no additional charge, so they don’t have to miss out on excursions while they wait for their luggage to arrive. From hiking boots to waterproof jackets to binoculars and basic necessities like toothbrushes and hair products, Tierra Patagonia is there for guests in need.
Kids kits: Stokke children’s necessities at Shangri-La Singapore
For all the dreamers out there, Shangri-La Singapore’s Themed Family Suites and dedicated family floor are stocked with all the necessities for a family vacation. Along with enjoying whimsical themed décor such as castle, space, treehouse and safari, Themed Family Suite guests enjoy access to a family concierge and a dedicated family pantry equipped with everything required for a family stay, including dedicated children’s amenities by Stokke. Guests staying in a family-themed suite or deluxe family room have complimentary 24-hour central shared pantry on the family floor which includes a washing machine, dryer, iron, induction heater, microwave and hot/cold filtered water dispenser. What’s more – up to two children (six years old and below) of registered in-house hotel guests can enjoy buffet meals at the all-day dining restaurants at no additional charge.