Top 5 Reasons You Should Lock Your Luggage for Travel

Additional Security Precautions

You have asked: “Should I lock my luggage?” and the answer was a big yes. Is it enough to ensure your baggage is 100% safe? In this case, the answer is unfortunately no.

While a casual thief can be put off by a lock, a determined thief will go the extra mile to get their hands on whatever they set their mind to. So here are a few more tips to strengthen your luggage security.

Choose Hard-Shelled Luggage

We have been weighing in both ways in the hardside vs. softside luggage debate, and we have come up with different conclusions, depending on the priorities of the traveler.

In the matter of security and protection of valuables, the hardside bags and suitcases win the case. They can’t be slashed open that easily.

Keep Your Valuables in Your Carry-On

Seeing how airlines mishandle and lose the checked luggage, it only makes sense to pack your valuables in your carry-on instead.

Here are some of the essentials to keep in your carry-on luggage: jewelry, cash, credit cards, important documents, and prescription medicine.

Get Insurance

Our security travel motto is “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” If you are still asking yourself “What is travel insurance and is it really that important?” let us answer you right here and assure you that every traveler needs insurance.

There are many flexible travel insurance plans available. Some of them offer good compensation for mishandled or lost luggage. Last year alone, airlines had lost or mishandled about 21.8 million bags, so good luck with your customer complaint.

Having insurance can help you get compensation if you ever find yourself in a similar situation. Ask about your options and the conditions thoroughly.

Don’t Pack Anything Prohibited or Restricted

More often than not, your luggage will go through security screening without a hiccup if your luggage looks clean. If it looks suspicious, the TSA agents will physically check it immediately.

To ensure your luggage is compliant with the TSA’s guidelines, here is a list of prohibited items you can’t pack in your baggage:

  • Cannabis
  • Club-type sporting goods
  • Dry ice
  • Explosive and incendiary materials
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Flammable items
  • Gasses and pressure containers
  • Knives and cutting instruments
  • Magnetic materials
  • Matches
  • Organics
  • Paintball guns
  • Poisons
  • Power tools and large hand tools

Now you’re ready to travel the world and stay safe along the way!

For more information about TSA-approved locks and the best options on the market, read our next article.