A luggage tracking device can fill in the blanks on where your lost items may be. They work by utilizing tech like GPS, Bluetooth or WiFi (depending on the tracker) to locate an item: "A GPS tracker taps into a global satellite system that uses microwave signals to help track down the precise location of where the unit is in real time," says Good Housekeeping Institute Chief Technologist & Executive Technical Director Rachel Rothman. Other trackers use Bluetooth, so they have to be in relatively close proximity to the paired device or, in some cases, within range of other Bluetooth devices in the network. It's not exactly a foolproof measure — your luggage can still get lost — but knowing exactly where it ended up should give you some relief.
We at the Good Housekeeping Institute found the best luggage trackers worth stowing away in your suitcase. Our picks include tags that our Lab pros have tried over time and during our quest to find the best key finders.
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Stick around after our picks to learn more about important features to look for in a luggage tracker, plus more info on how we tested and made our top recommendations. Need more help packing for your next trip? Check out our guides to the best luggage brands, best smart luggage and best carry-on luggage.
Reliability and accuracy go hand in hand with the Apple AirTag. It's compact and lightweight, so you can track a host of things you often misplace, from keys to backpacks to, of course, luggage. Our GH experts also like that the battery is easily replaceable. Of course, it's designed for those in the Apple ecosystem, so it's not ideal if you have an Android or other device.
Simply set up your AirTag on your iPhone or iPad's Bluetooth with one tap, then listen for the pinging from the AirTag's built-in speaker to guide you to your belongings. Apple has not specified its exact Bluetooth range, but it's believed that each AirTag supports Bluetooth 5.0, which means it should be trackable within 800 feet. You can also track the device in real-time by following it in the Find My network. Activate Lost Mode for notifications when it is in range or has been located by the Find My network. Your AirTag will ping off of nearby Apple devices to gauge its location, so you can still track your bag if it ends up miles away. You can also input your phone number and email so that if someone finds a lost AirTag, they can tap it using their iPhone to display your contact info.
Another classic Bluetooth tracker, Tile's item finder earned the top spot in our best key finder tests for its ability to track your personal items up to 400 feet. For items that haven't trekked too far in the airport, it sounds off 80 decibels according to our Lab tests, so you’ll be sure to hear it. It syncs up with Google Assistant so you can ask your smart speaker to locate your Tile for you. Like the AirTag, it also boasts a one-year lifespan before you should replace the battery. As a bonus, its water resistance means you can stress less about it short-circuiting from liquids. Download the Tile app to pinpoint when and where you left something behind. The Community Find option will notify you when any phone with the Tile app is in proximity to your Tile, allowing you to pinpoint your lost item even if it's out of range. This set of four means you can track the whole family's bags.
A bit of an upgrade from a smart tag, this GPS tracker lets you eye your personal belongings in real-time. There's no shortage of ways to keep your luggage on your radar: the LandAirSea app and website let you receive text and email alerts while tracking the device’s location on Google Maps. It also keeps a log of where the tag's been, so you can retrace its steps like how long it idled in one place. Though we haven't tested this one in our Lab, we appreciate the GPS technology for large areas of coverage and accuracy. One Amazon reviewer named it one of the best Android-compatible GPS trackers they've used, calling it "user friendly" and praising its accuracy. They added that it gave them peace of mind about their valuables during connecting flights within the US.
Stash this pocket-sized GPS luggage tracker in your valuables for your next trip abroad. Its real-time tracking capabilities and includedinternational SIM card work for unlimited distances, perfect for a queue of connecting flights overseas. With over 20,000 five-star ratings, Amazon reviewers praise its live tracking via Google Street View and its app alerts that let you know when it crosses a Geo boundary you set, has a low battery and more. Though we haven't tested this pick in the Lab, we appreciate that it works with WiFi when indoors and GPS satellites when outdoors. Once you start tracking your bag, Tracki offers about five days of real-time tracking before it needs another charge. Without real-time tracking, the brand claims its battery spans 30 to 75 days using the battery save mode, and you can still check your bag's location here and there.
OK, so it's not a true GPS tracker, but Dynotag's smart ID is a major step up from typical luggage tags. The tag displays a custom QR code that lets the owner register their contact info, including a name, phone number and address, in case a fellow traveler finds it. Worried about your info falling into the wrong hands? Every time the QR code is scanned, it automatically notifies the owner via email and includes the scanner's IP address. The website also asks the person for their location info for easier communication. We haven't tried this pick in the Lab yet, but we like that several Amazon reviewers highlighted its easy setup and durability. Its sturdy stainless construction ensures it won't be easily ripped off when chucked underneath the airplane.
Prevent your checked bag from hitting the airport's lost and found with Bluetooth and GPS trackers for luggage, including picks from Apple and Tile.