During the second half of the year, many of us have already started to plan those year-end holidays.
Whilst this is an exciting prospect, travel is not without its risks. Luggage safety is a definite concern with trips like these ones. Luckily, there are several ways that you can keep your bags and their contents safe.
From locks to the right travel insurance and even increased vigilance, here’s how you can be extra cautious on your next vacation.
Invest in a trusted luggage lock
Not all locks are created equal, especially where your luggage is concerned. This makes a TSA (Transport Security Administration) approved lock a must to secure your bags and belongings.
At ASSA ABLOY, we offer the trusted Yale range of bag locks that come in a variety of colours, sizes and applications. In choosing one of our Yale solutions, that are TSA regulated, you can see whether or not the lock has been opened. This is thanks to an indicator on the strap lock that will change colour if it is opened.
As a result, you will know when security has gone through your bags. We suggest a TSA-approved lock because a standard lock will be broken off by officials if your bag needs to be searched.
Keep a close eye on your luggage at all times
Although there are times where you might have to leave your bag when you check it in before flying, you should always be vigilant about who is around you.
The saying, “out of sight, out of mind” rings true here. Travelling can be stressful enough as is, so don’t make it worse by carrying too many bags. If you have checked in your large bag, ensure that you have a travel backpack or a carry-on size bag big enough for your valuables.
This can be stowed overhead on an aircraft. It is wise to store any precious items like laptops and cameras or jewellery in this bag instead of the one that you check in. These days, you can purchase cabin-size bags with combination locks on or alternatively you can make use one of our travel padlocks on hand luggage for additional security.
Invest in new bags
The latest luggage can prove to be costly and for good reason too. These are often more robust and harder to break into. They’re also made of tougher materials to prevent anything inside your bag from breaking.
If you’re considering purchasing a new set of luggage before your next trip, do your research and ensure that you’re getting value and safety for your money. A good option will include anti-puncture zips and slash-resistant material.
Be wary of safes and lockers
Luggage lockers can be broken into with ease so although it’s tempting to leave your bags for a while, we recommend not doing so unless you absolutely have to.
The same can be said for the safe in your hotel room. If you are going to use it, ensure that you have changed the code and that you are aware of the contents you have placed in the safe. Take a photo of the items before closing the safe and heading out.
Don’t go anywhere without travel insurance
Sadly, many people only see the value in something like travel insurance once their bags have been broken into and personal items have been stolen.
By getting cover before you set off on your journey, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’ll be compensated should your luggage be compromised. An added bonus is that these policies also offer cover for instances where your bags don’t arrive at your destination.
This comes in handy to buy a few essentials whilst you wait for your luggage to catch up with you.
Get the best in travel lock solutions
Wherever quality lock products are concerned, you’ll find ASSA ABLOY. As the leaders in door opening and closing solutions, we’re proud of our range of security items that protect your luggage.
If you’re planning your next adventure, we’d love to come along with you.
For more on our travel lock systems and how they can give you priceless peace of mind, please click here to get in touch with us today.