Using a Luggage Locator

People with visual impairments often come up with an organizational system so that they can easily find everyday items like their keys, TV remotes, watches, and more. However, some items cannot always be returned to the same spot, and therefore become difficult to find. For those items, a luggage locator can be a lifesaver.

Luggage locators are typically used to find checked bags at baggage claim. A luggage locator comes with two parts: a receiver and a transmitter. Both pieces are made of hard plastic and work together to provide a beeping sound when the transmitter button is pushed within approximately 60 feet of the receiver. Prior to checking your bag, attach the receiver to the handle. When you arrive at baggage claim, press the transmitter button until you hear the receiver beep. If you do not hear the beeping sound, your luggage isn't within range yet. Keep pushing the button periodically until your luggage is within range.

a row of garbage cans lined up against the curb

But don't limit the luggage locator's use to travel! You can also use the locator on items like your garbage cans, which typically need to be dragged to the curb on trash days if you live in a house. Once the trash is emptied, your garbage can could be anywhere. Attach the luggage locator, and you'll be able to find it with little trouble.

This tip was provided by the Iowa Department for the Blind. To browse for more products that can help you adjust to vision loss, read Helpful Products and Technology for Living with Vision Loss.

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