A while back we posted about a company you can use while traveling so you can safely store your luggage for a few hours. It sounded like a great idea, except for the fact that it was only limited to 3 cities around the world.
Luggage Hero has since expanded to 6 cities (still NYC, London, and Copenhagen but now also Madrid, Lisbon and Barcelona), but we’ve found another company that gives you a place to store your stuff for the day that has availability virtually all over the world.
BAGBNB calls itself “the first luggage storage network,” and with good reason. Established in Italy in 2016, it was already in 4 countries a year later. And now, in just 3 years, it’s grown to 1000+ luggage storage locations in nearly 50 countries worldwide and, in fact, they are represented in nearly 200 cities around the world.
Here’s how it works:
- Find the BAGBNB location that’s closest to where you are – this can be done via their website or iOS or Google Play app. The BAGBNB network is comprised of local businesses such as coffee shops, bike rental shops, bars, hotels, barber shop, you name it. Each facility has been vetted to ensure the safety of your stuff, so you don’t have to worry.
- Book your storage online, via the BAGBNB website. Deposit and final payment can be done via credit card or Paypal (reservations are non-refundable).
- Go to the facility and leave your baggage. You’ll be asked to sign a deposit statement document.
- When you’re ready to pick up your stuff, just arrive at the facility by the check-out time you specified when you booked (make sure you get there before they close – you’ll be charged for an extra day if you unexpectedly leave your bag there overnight).
The cost for BAGBNB is €5 ($6 in the U.S.) per bag (regardless of size), per day (as a comparison, Luggage Hero charges $1/hour or $10/day in New York City, £1/hour or £10/day in London and €1/hour or €10/day in Copenhagen, plus a one-time handling fee of $/£/€2 per bag). All deposits are secure and guaranteed, and all luggage deposited through the platform is covered by a guarantee of up to €500 ($600) for every single bag.
WHEN YOU SIGN UP
Signing up is easy – you just enter your name and email and you’re automatically logged in to the system. You do also get an email that confirms your login info and other stuff you’ll want to know:
When you’re ready to book, you get a choice of countries and/or cities to choose from. This is my only beef about the site; here’s no way to have them listed in alphabetical order.
Not that it’s so difficult to search for a country from a list of 48, but how difficult could it be to put them in order? Considering BAGBNB’s rapid growth, I suspect that will only become more of an issue as they expand further.
Once you choose a country, it’s easier to pick a city because there are less to choose from. But again, I hope they upgrade this to something more organized as they grow larger and have more cities to choose from.
So anyway, I chose New York City, which has 45 BAGBNB storage facilities. Here are the first few, along with a map that BAGBNB offers so you know roughly where they are (I say “roughly” because, for security reasons, they purposely don’t give you the exact address of the facility until you’ve made and paid for your reservation):
Anyway, I chose “Luggage Storage Penn Station.” This is the top part of their page on BAGBNB:
Below that were 384 reviews (they had 4.95 out of 5 stars). I checked the reviews of other BAGBNB facilities and nearly all had an average of between 4.50 and 5.0 stars from their reviews. Heads up that some facilities have no reviews yet (i.e. Brisbane has 14 facilities but only 5 have reviews. Warsaw is listed as have 10 facilities but only 3 have any reviews. Dubrovnik, Versailles and Tel Aviv each have has 2 facilities but none of them have any reviews.).
I didn’t make a reservation or drop off/pick up any bags, so I can’t report on that part of the BAGBNB experience. But based on the description from the website, as well as the reviews that are there, it seems like potentially a good way to store your luggage while traveling.
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