Where To Leave Your Luggage?
A vexing problem for travelers is finding a place to store their luggage when they arrive in a city too early to check into an Airbnb or hotel, or when they’ve checked out of their rooms and have extra time for an adventure before heading to the airport.
There are a growing number of places that will look after your bags so you can sightsee hands-free. Apart from the usual places (airports, train stations, hotels, and even shopping malls), you may also find a surprising number of businesses such as dry cleaners, wine shops, and delis that are providing this service.
Airports and Train Stations
If you’re returning to the airport or exploring the nearby vicinity of the airport or train station, it’s worth looking into storage options at the station itself. In Boston, for example, travelers can leave suitcases at South Station. Amtrak passengers can drop off bags in a secure area, and anyone—passenger or not—can leave their luggage in Greyhound’s Package Express area for a small fee. But due to security reasons, other stations (Grand Central Terminal in New York, for instance) no longer accept suitcases. And those that do specify that you can’t check anything toxic, explosive or polluted.
These storage networks can usually be found on apps such as Knock Knock City, Vertoe, Stasher, LuggageHero, Nannybag and others. These apps allow users to open an app, locate a vetted nearby drop-off location, reserve it and pay for the service online. Each storage network has its own rules, but in general, they usually provide luggage security seals as well as some version of insurance against damage, theft, and loss. After the user picks-up his/her bag(s), they are invited to rate the experience online.
In New York City, for instance, travelers can stash their luggage for $2 an hour per bag at Chelsea Bicycles, the Puerh Brooklyn teashop, or at Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen (which can be convenient if you like Mexican food and need a quick bite to eat), among many other untraditional storage locations.
Storage Network Pricing
Pricing for storage networks vary per location, but users can expect to pay anywhere between $1-3 per hour to $5-$20 per day with a one-time handling fee of approximately $2 per bag. This pricing is similar to the customary tip of $1 to $2 per bag or a flat $5 plus $1 per bag you’d tip a bellman for storing bags at a hotel.
Storage Network Insurance
In the event of any loss or damage to your luggage, the amount of insurance provided by a third-party insurance company can be anywhere between $1,200 to $5,000 per bag. Make sure you do not pay cash in a drop-off/pick-up shop, because insurance will not cover any bookings that are not paid directly through the app. Your bag must not contain cash, jewelry, travel documents, or similar valuables. If you plan on traveling with such valuable items, please make sure you keep these items with you.
As convenient as storing luggage at a coffee shop for a few hours may be, travelers who prefer not to deal with any baggage also have a couple of other options. Travelers can send luggage (and other larger items such as surfboards, golf bags, ski and snowboard gear or bicycles) ahead with door-to-door shipping services such as Luggage Free or with services such as Lugless, which offer both drop-off and door-to-door luggage shipping services. Pricing depends on destination, weight and how soon the individual wants the bag to arrive.
Virtual Suitcase for the Constant Traveler
Or, business travelers may be interested in an alternative choice. For an initial sign-up fee of $9.95 per month for storage, and $99 per standard round-trip U.S. shipment, travelers can stop worrying about making arrangements for carrying around a suitcase altogether. Dufl sends customers a suitcase to be filled with clothes and accessories and then picks up the suitcase and stores the items in a “virtual closet.”
Travelers can request that the suitcase, containing any of the stored items, be waiting for them at a hotel and then, after their trip, return the suitcase and the clothes back to Dufl.
Luggage storage in the U.S.
- NYC: Brooklyn, Grand Central Terminal
- Washington DC
- New Orleans
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas
Luggage storage in Europe: