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Essentially you can make a claim for the fair market value of anything that was in the lost bag. The carrier will ask for receipts for things you had to buy because of a delay; plus proof of purchase for lost things [such as receipts or credit card statements, or photos of the items that were in the bag, or estimates of the value of each item].
If there is a dispute and the airline is not willing to cover something, you can decline their settlement offer and sue them in small claims court or another court of appropriate jurisdiction. Of course, how the case turns out may depend on the credibility of your witnesses and evidence; but usually mentioning this sometimes gets you some additional money as they do not want to incur the legal fees to defend such claims.