Airbnb luggage storage: What to do with luggage before check-in
Airbnb luggage storage: What to do with luggage before check-in
Last updated: jun 9, 2020 · 5 min read

Airbnb luggage storage: What to do with luggage before check-in

Airbnb and other short-term rentals are a great way to have all the comforts of home, as well as be located in a variety of neighborhoods. But, unlike hotels, they usually don’t have options for luggage storage. So what do you do if you land in a city hours before check-in and you’re ready to start exploring? Or maybe you’ve checked out and your plane, train or bus doesn’t leave until several hours later, but you have just a few more sites to see. We have some ideas for you!

Storage options for your Airbnb holiday

Here are the most common options you have to leave your luggage while traveling:

Lockers at transit stations

This includes airports, docks and train stations – in most cities the main transit points give travelers the possibility to store their luggage in designated areas. This can either be a staffed left luggage service (where you hand your things to a person or people designated to take care of belongings) or lockers which are usually operated with coins (so be sure to have change on hand!).

Check with a local hotel

Although you might not be staying with them, there are several hotel in various cities which offer a storage service. You can find out about some of them by checking out the travel forums.

Luggage storage services

These are services that offer to keep your belongings safe in either lockers on designated storage spaces in return for a variable fee. LuggageHero is an example of one of this services, collaborating only with certified shops on which we perform regular quality checks. Learn more about LuggageHero by clicking here. Or don’t waste any time and check our booking engine.

Cloakrooms of museums or galleries you’re visiting

Most museums and galleries have either lockers or at least a cloak room where you can leave your larger items. Handbags and purses are usually allowed inside. Depending on how crowded the place is, you might want to factor in around 5 to 15 minutes waiting time for drop-off and pick-up.

Ask your host

Depending on how many hours you want to leave your bags with them, your Airbnb host might be able to keep your suitcases while you’re out exploring. It’s not the most common thing, as you can imagine this might interfere with their schedule, but it never hurts to ask.

 

How to pick the best storage option for you

As you can see, there are several options out there and picking one might seem like a pretty straightforward thing to do. However, that’s not necessarily always the case.

Here are several things to keep in mind before choosing a service that will enable you to have a worry-free vacation:

Price

This one seems like a no-brainer. You’re on holidays and you want to splurge on happy hour, not locker hours. So looking at the prices will probably be the first thing you do. A tip: don’t get too excited if the service starts with a low hourly rate, as after a couple of hours the prices might skyrocket. Since you’re out there enjoying yourself in a beautiful city, it’s more than likely that you’ll take a bit longer than expected until you actually pick up your suitcases. So make sure to check how the prices evolve in time and what is the maximum amount you might have to pay.

Location

Again, this might also seem like an obvious criteria, but sometimes in the rush of having found a conveniently priced luggage storage service, you might underestimate the importance of this aspect. Make sure find a place to stow your bags located on the way to where you need to be.

Locker sizes

If you decide to use lockers, this can prove especially important if you have a larger trolley or backpack with you, as they might not fit in the cabinet. Safest bet is to check and see if you can find any info on how large the lockers are.

Opening hours

This comes in hand,y especially when you travel back home later during the day. If your train leaves late at night but the place where you’ve left your things closes early in the evening, this means several hours of carrying your luggage around with you. Luckily plenty of services work until a bit later, so best to find the one suited to your needs.

Safety and insurance

Seems like we shouldn’t even need to mention this one, as it’s so obvious. You don’t want to use a left luggage service only to worry the whole time if your belongings are safe. Also, check if the service you’re leaning toward takes any responsibility in case of loss or damage to your suitcase. If they do provide insurance, check the amount you’re covered for and take your decision accordingly.

Likelihood of finding available storage space

You’re all relaxed thinking you will just leave your things in the lockers at the main train station and then carry on carefree to make the most of your last hours in your city of choice. It’s a great idea, except that everyone else in Vienna in the month of June also had the same idea. You go to the station and realize in frustration that there is no more space available. Luckily, for many services online you can check their availability beforehand and be sure you’ll have space to leave your belongings.
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Four simple steps to leave your luggage with LuggageHero:

    1. When booking online you are always guaranteed space
    2. Start the storage timer in your browser when arriving at the shop or use the link sent to you to access your booking page.
    3. Enjoy yourself in the city of your choice!
    4. Pick up your luggage and stop the storage timer on your booking page.