Many can take this news in their stride, but for some people (especially if they are renowned for their extensive wardrobe), it can be the spark to the fuse that leads to them spectacularly blowing their top.
And this is exactly what happened with John Hegarty on a recent whistle-stop tour of Asia.
A group of senior Bartle Bogle Hegarty staffers were flying out to Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore (with BBH's client British Airways, obviously). However, at the carousel in Shanghai, it became clear that Hegarty's suitcase had not followed him to the first destination.
After a bit of a showdown with some BA staff, he was promised that his case would be waiting for him in Tokyo (his next destination) before he arrived.
However, with his luck turning from bad to worse, on his arrival in the Japanese capital he was informed that his clothes were actually in Singapore.
Now, for a man that is rarely seen in the same suit twice, it is surely a bit of an indignity to find out that the final count was five days wearing the same clothes before his suitcase was returned to him.