If you’re a regular traveller and have NEVER ever lost, misplaced (either temporarily or permanently) a personal item, I salute you!
I’m pretty sure most of us have had their fare share of that heartbeat-skipping moment when you realise you’ve lost something.
I for one, have been described as someone who is bound to lose her head if it wasn’t attached to my shoulders. And I don’t take offense.
Many times I’ve been lucky– saved by good samaritans, like my close-call last year.
But there are also times when my luck ran out, such 2 months ago when I lost my camera in Florence.
Even the lost camera was covered by travel insurance, you can imagine for sure the stress involved. (And the lost photographs that won’t be covered by any kind of insurance!)
And this can happen easily to anyone. I read an article that listed the top 10 Most Lost Items
1. Mobile / smartphone
2. House keys
3. Car Keys
5. Sunglasses / spectacles
6. Purse / wallet
7. Lip balm
8. Hair brush
These items can be lost anytime, anywhere. You don’t even need to be travelling to lose anything. Can anyone relate now?
In a couple of days I’ll be travelling again, and I decided to be smarter.
I’ve decided to Idtagit my gadgets.
Idtagit is a company that creates tags that you either tie or stick to your belongings, and these tags are registered on their website.
The tags are quite small but very durable. You have the option of sticking it to your item or attaching it with the built in small keyhole.
I like that they are small enough to be placed on mobile phones, cameras, laptops and even sporting equipment.
The idea behind Idtagit is that should your item/s get lost or misplaced and someone finds them, the tag prompts them to go to Idtagit’s website (the address of which is printed boldly in the tags).
There is an easy-to-find page on the website that says “Found an Item”?
The finder then will enter the tag details, and the rest will be taken care of by Idtagit.
Because the tags are registered to every individual gadget and it’s owner, Idtagit will then contact you directly to inform you that your item has been found.
You will then arrange a time and place to retrieve your item from the finder.
Don’t worry though, as your contact details and basic information will NOT be released by Idtagit , even to the finder.
Here’s a video clip that shows how you can minimise your losses with Idtagit:
We received 10 tags from Idtagit and we’ve attached some of it to gadgets that we will be taking with us.
We travel with a lot (and I mean a lot, like more than 5) gadgets so this really adds reassurance for us.
While Idtagit cannot guarantee that your items will be found AND promptly reported by the finder, it is definitely an added measure.
See, in my backseat inventor mind, the perfect and ideal contraption for a lost item would be a chip attached to the object, and if it falls on unrecognised hand print, a venus flytrap sort of mechanism will lock itself in the finder’s hands and give loud instructions that the only way the handtrap will be released is by duly returning the object to the owner.
I think that kind of technology will still be lightyears away and Idtagit is one of the best lost-item prevention around.
The complete success of finding your lost item with Idtagit wholly depends on the finder (whether s/he will decide to return it or not). But this is also what I like about Idtagit: it believes in the good nature of people.
There are still a lot of cases happening where strangers find a lost item and spend lots of effort trying to search for it’s owner.
A spokesperson from Denver International Airport (oh airports are the most notorious places to lose things!) said that they do everything in their power to locate the person and connect them with their lost item. And if an item has a name or state listed in it, they will conduct a search on them. If they find an unlocked mobile phone, they will call the last dialled number to advise of the missing phone.
What’s great about Idtagit is that there is no subscription or membership fee whatsoever. You just order the tags, register your items (no charge), and that’s it.
This also works worldwide, so this is ideal for the frequent traveller.
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The tags are such a good idea, hopefully the fact that you have the tags on it will make people more honest as its hard to ignore the fact you can actually find the owner easily. Enjoy your travels and fingers crossed you won’t need the tags at all!
Jean Holy Smithereens says
Hi Vicky, yes they are such a good idea! It really will make the finders think twice before thinking ‘finders keepers’ 🙂
Cheska de Guzman-Sarcia says
Oh, nice, Jean!
Anna @ shenANNAgans says
What a brilliant idea, Ill be sure to get my hands on some for my trip to India in April/May. Hope you have a wicked good trip and the tags are not needed. Cheers, Anna
Jean Holy Smithereens says
Ooh India in April! How exciting Anna! Haven’t been there yet. But yes, the tags really are a good deterent into having your things nicked. Thank you, keeping my fingers crossed that the tags won’t be used too! XX