Our First Mishap

15 Mar

Upon landing at the airport in Buenos Aires, we discovered that the strap of my backpack was broken. It looks like the webbing got caught in a baggage conveyor belt and broke the plastic clip. We knew something like this was bound to happen along the way. Fortunately it happened in a large city with resources available to replace it.

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Before leaving the airport, we notified the LAN attendant who offered to settle with us for $10 USD. I took it and noticed there were 3 other people in line with damaged or excessively scarred luggage.

Apparently this happens a lot in Buenos Aires.

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Almost half of the local travelers here wrap their luggage in some form or another. I’ve read some articles that theft is common by airport workers in South American countries, so wrapping your luggage provides an additional layer of defense. Too bad we can’t protect ourselves from the TSA by wrapping our luggage!

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Upon exiting the airport, we saw several companies who provide a service wrapping your luggage for 70 Argentine dollars = $16 USD each piece. This is the blue company.

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This is the green company.

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The next day, we walked 10 minutes to the local camping store in Buenos Aires and got the clip replaced and re-sewn on the spot for $8 USD. The one on the right is the new clip. It doesn’t match, but it works now!

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5 Responses to “Our First Mishap”

  1. Meg from LandingStanding March 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM #

    So devastating! Glad you got it fixed though – and for so cheap too! Beware of the buses in South America too when you store your bag. Three weeks into our trip, my bag was stored at the bottom of the bus and it got all burnt up and mangled. Not sure what happened but our best guess was that it was sitting up against the engine or a tire in the storage cabin… I had to duct tape up all the holes that were burnt in my bag… tear!

  2. Connie&Dan March 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM #

    That a “interesting” mishap and a good experience.

  3. Oscar March 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM #

    Yeah…maybe get some rope and wrap it tight so nothing is loose that could bind next time.

  4. Mike March 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM #

    Your first baggage battle scar! A good story to tell why one clip is bigger than the other haha! Happy Travels!

  5. Rosalyn March 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM #

    Sounds like you ended up $2 ahead. Plastic wrapping the luggage was funny. $16/bag? What a racket. People sure do things differently around the world.

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