To prevent my bags from opening on a trip to Europe, I bought one of those TSA tapes in the summer and it turned out to be fatal. For not looking at the good brand, I spent that bad time claiming my things that had left at the airport. The best luggage strap really needs to keep all the belongings safe and well-identified and thus saves one from problems and discomforts.
As this next winter, I plan to travel again, to the Caribbean this time, a month ago I decided to look more deeply for different models in the market, some of which, in truth, will secure my bags.
It turned out that there are several cheap options, but reasonably efficient, that not only prevent you from opening your suitcase on the plane or in another medium during the journey but also offer other very practical benefits.
I made a comparative list in that opportunity to decide and I want to share it with you here, in case you are in the same circumstances and want some additional reinforcement for the luggage when crossing the pond or any other crossing.
If you have not gone through the experience, then I do not recommend it. It is very unpleasant to have to see your belongings collected reluctantly and forced into the suitcase by a cranky airline employee when it has fallen and opened. Sometimes it happens. It can be due to a failure in the zipper, bad handling of the suitcases by the airport staff, etc.
Better to have a good tape that is resistant and provides the necessary security to your things. If you look between the different alternatives, you will find what there is:
Water-resistant: it is a very good feature when the weather is unfavorable.
With padlock: ideal to reinforce protection even if some friends of others want to check your things without authorization
Multifunction: those of this type also have an economic price and serve to secure the suitcase and also weigh before the flight (not going to be charged more for excess weight)
The ideal is to have one with all these characteristics and, in addition, allow you to identify your belongings to prevent loss or to make the recovery work faster, in any case. Considering this it is easier to opt for one or the other.
As promised, here is a list of the 5 best luggage straps that are currently available.
Those who require a tool not only to secure their clothes and valuables but also to weigh them before embarking on any trip, this is an excellent option. It has a secure padlock with 3-digit combination, an integrated scale with lithium battery and 40 kg capacity, water-resistance and bright color to identify it.
For those who have managed to put many things in the suitcase, there will be no danger of surprise openings with this very resistant version. It is very appropriate to secure bags and suitcases with a lot of cargo. It includes insurance with three-digit combination and is available in several colors to choose from.
Those who carry not one but two suitcases for the trip will have the necessary accessories to protect all their possessions with this pack of two tapes. Its length is adjustable from 115 cm to 200 cm and also bring a removable name card and the indispensable lock with opening by a combination of numbers.
4. Luggage Strap Continuous (100 CM) Luxebell
For comfortable transfers in stations and terminals
Boarding an airplane, train or boat can be very uncomfortable with several suitcases in tow and without help. This tape helps to move through terminals, ports, and stations with greater comfort because they serve to join two suitcases and move more easily. Its clip is resistant and quick release.
If you do not want to carry a suitcase in one hand, the coat on one shoulder and the carry-on baggage on the other, without being able to carry the boarding ticket within reach, this tape is a very practical solution. It allows you to attach small bags to the larger suitcases and thus load all the weight with one hand, but easily and comfortably.
Usually, we forget to buy this type of accessories for travel but what essentials are done once you get used to them! Do not forget that to keep them for longer, it is best not to overload the bags and open and close the safety gently.
Even if your tapes say to be resistant to water, do not forget to protect them from it as much as possible so that they last longer.