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Keep Your Suitcase Secure with Suitcase Locks

Keep Your Suitcase Secure with Suitcase Locks

Your suitcase and passport are the most important things to remember when you dash out the door and head to the airport. Keeping these two essentials secure with suitcase locks is paramount to a stress-free journey and an amazing trip.

At Locks Direct, we’re security experts. That’s why we’ve put together this useful guide full of tips to keep your luggage safe and secure in time for your next holiday.

Whether you’re navigating your way through a busy train station or waiting at your terminal to board with just your hand luggage and thoughts of cocktails on the beach, your suitcase could be subject to theft or tampering, so keep your valuables and yourself safe by following these tips.

High-Quality Suitcase Locks

The first thing you should do is make sure your suitcase has a quality Travel Sentry Approved (TSA) luggage lock. These suitcase locks will keep your belongings safe while allowing security personnel to inspect your luggage if necessary without causing damage.

Our Squire Defender DFTSA20T and Defender DFTSA35 luggage padlocks are approved by Travel Sentry meaning they’re the ideal TSA padlocks. The DFTSA20T is also part of a twin pack so you can keep multiple bits of luggage safe and secure.

Durable Suitcases

It’s tempting to choose a suitcase based on looks alone, prioritising pretty shades and fancy designs. However, durability should be your main concern. A robust suitcase made from high-quality materials provides better protection against mishandling and tampering. To deter thieves, you should look for reinforced corners, strong zippers and a solid frame.

Luggage Straps

Luggage straps help you locate the correct suitcase after your flight, but they also keep it securely closed and make it more challenging for opportunistic thieves to access its contents. By opting for brightly-coloured straps, your suitcase is easily identifiable - this discourages tampering as it increases the risk of thieves getting caught.

No Valuables in Checked-in Luggage

Avoid packing valuable items in checked-in cases, such as electronics, jewellery and important documents. Instead, keep them in your carry-on bag during transit. If you must stow valuables in your suitcase, use hidden compartments or secure pouches for added protection.

Luggage Tracking Devices

With the rise in technological advancements, you can now purchase innovative 

luggage tracking devices that use GPS or Bluetooth technology to monitor the whereabouts of your suitcase. They’re a worthy investment as they provide peace-of-mind and can aid in recovering lost or stolen luggage - a must if you’re taking high-value items on holiday with you. 

Stay Vigilant

Keep hold of your luggage at all times. Never leave it unattended. And remain vigilant for anyone acting suspiciously around you or your luggage. Report as soon as possible any behaviour that doesn’t seem ‘normal’ - it’s always better to be cautious. 

Make Your Room Secure

It’s easy to think that once you’ve arrived at your accommodation your luggage is safe. However, you should still take care to secure your valuables. Use the in-room safe to store passports, travel documents, wallets, cameras and expensive jewellery. 

Avoid leaving your suitcase unattended in public areas when checking in to your hotel or on the last day of your holiday. If your accommodation isn’t accessible, ask your hotel if they have a secure luggage room.

Inspect Your Suitcase

Check your suitcase's zippers, locks and seams. If you notice your suitcase may have been tampered with during your journey, report it to the airline or hotel staff immediately.

Pack Light

Travelling with only the essentials can make packing more manageable and reduce the risk of theft or loss. Overpacking can attract unwanted attention and make it harder to keep track of your belongings.

Keep Documents Secure

Always keep digital copies of important documents stored on your phone - including boarding passes and travel insurance. Carry physical copies in a separate bag or wallet, and keep them close at hand during your travels.

Be Cautious of Public Wi-Fi

Avoid accessing sensitive information, such as online banking or personal emails, over public Wi-Fi networks, as they may not be secure. Use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your internet connection and protect your data from potential hackers or cyber threats.

Research Your Destination

It’s important to know the safety and security situation of the country you’re travelling to. Stay updated on local news and advisories, and familiarise yourself with emergency contact numbers and procedures in case of unforeseen incidents or emergencies.

Don’t Stand Out

Try not to attract attention to yourself as a tourist. In some destinations, it may help to dress modestly and blend in with the local culture. Avoid displaying flashy accessories or expensive belongings that may attract thieves.

Stay Connected

Keep in touch with friends or family members back home and share your travel plans with them. Message or call them regularly and provide updates on your whereabouts, especially if you're travelling alone or in remote areas.

Trust Your Instincts

Listen to your gut feelings and avoid situations or individuals that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Trusting your instincts can help you navigate unfamiliar environments and make informed decisions to protect yourself and your belongings.

We hope you find these tips useful, and can now travel confidently knowing that your suitcase and its contents are secure. From investing in quality suitcase locks to staying vigilant throughout your journey, taking proactive measures ensures a hassle-free travel experience.

For more information and guidance, please feel free to contact a member of our friendly team on 0800 542 1264.


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