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8th July 2021

Luggage Security – Your Guide To Luggage Locks

Are you planning any trips away in 2021? With life getting back to normal and places opening up again, it’s time to brush those cobwebs off your suitcase.

After waiting for so long to be able to go on holiday, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got everything in place to make sure your trip goes smoothly – including your luggage security.

Fitting luggage and suitcase locks are a great way to make sure your belongings are secure. Here’s why it’s a good idea to get a luggage lock and the different types you can choose from. 

Why you need to get a luggage lock

The last thing you want when you’re on holiday is to be stressing about lost valuables when you should be enjoying your well-earned break. That’s why taking a few extra security measures is a really good idea; fitting a luggage lock on your security is a great way to do just that.

Suitcase locks are great at giving you some peace of mind when you aren’t with your luggage.  They can dissuade luggage handlers or security checkers from having a rummage through your suitcase after you’ve checked in. They’re also ideal for helping you feel reassured when you head out and leave your belongings in the hotel or accommodation you’re staying at.

Types of luggage locks

There are a number of different types of door locks out there and the same goes for luggage locks. Here are a few types you can consider putting on your suitcase or backpack:

Luggage Padlocks

These are the most popular choice of suitcase locks and are easy to buy from your local DIY store. They are usually the cheapest lock you can get and are also typically used for securing garden sheds.

These types of locks are easy to fit and are operated using a key to keep things simple for you. However, luggage padlocks can easily be broken due to interference with the keyhole and there’s always a chance you could lose the key to it.

Combination Locks

Combination luggage locks offer a keyless alternative to save you that awful feeling of losing a key. You can secure the lock with a combination of 3 or more dials – once locked, you can then set a unique pin to unlock it.

However, there is a chance that you could forget this pin, leaving yourself locked out of your suitcase. Therefore, it might be a good idea to make a note of the pin just in case!

Cable Locks

Just like a combination lock, cable locks also require a combination code to unlock. However, as the name suggests, cable locks have an extendable cable instead of a stiff shackle on combination locks.

This gives cable locks greater flexibility and are perfect if you have a suitcase that has multiple compartments or zippers, saving you from having to put individual locks on all of the compartments on your suitcase or backpack. The only thing you’ll need to be wary of is forgetting the combination code to the lock.

Key Card Locks

This type of lock removes the need for a key or a combination code as all you’ll need is a key card to unlock your padlocks.

The majority of key cards are the same size as your typical debit card, meaning they can fit nicely into your wallet or purse and are harder to lose than a key. If you did manage to misplace your key card, most key card locks come with a set of 3 cards to ensure you have a couple of backups just in case.

Whatever luggage security you decide to go for, luggage locks are a great way to keep your belongings safe. We hope you found this guide useful and helps to make your next trip abroad go smoothly.

Seeing as you’ll be away for summer, why not take a look at our summer home security tips to keep your property safe whilst your away. Happy holidays!

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