Got a holiday planned?

You should consider buying a new suitcase if the one you have is extra colourful. An expert revealed that eye-catching luggage can draw negative attention towards you.

Shahzad Ali, security expert and CEO of Get Licensed, said: “Although a new and colourful suitcase may look more fashionable, it won’t only be attractive to you. It’s best to choose a more common-looking suitcase, and if possible, a worn-out one – as to not stand out from the crowd – and with it, a high-quality padlock.

“This can make a big difference in keeping your items safe. You can add an identifier, such as a ribbon or sticker, to avoid getting your luggage mistaken for someone else’s whilst still remaining subtle.”

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While colourful suitcases look nice, they can be a bad idea(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The security guru had some other words of advice for keeping your luggage safe too, Express reports. These include:

Organise your items before flying

The expert recommended: “When packing, organise your items in three categories: extremely valuable (such as documents, credit cards, mobile phones and larger sums of cash), valuable (such as jewellery and other expensive items) and less valuable (such as clothes and self-care products).