Luggage security. It’s something you can spend a fortune on. Getting pick pocketed or robbed can easily ruin a holiday – and even worse, what if a dubious baggage handler plants something in your bag while you are crossing a border? Luggage security or more about avoiding an annoyance, it can be about preventing something disastrous.
There are lots of gadgets out there to protect your luggage. On the more high tech scale there are the Pacsafe’s; a metal mesh which locks your luggage down to something solid. This will protect your luggage while you are out and about, but it is heavy, cumbersome to get in and out of your bag, and it doesn’t protect your bag when you can’t lock it down to something.
Another option is the more traditional padlocks, but I have always been hopeless at not loosing the key. Or for those mostly worried about keeping their belongings secure while in transport, there is the plastic wrapping option but this can be expensive and is quite wasteful when you think of the amount of plastic wrap being used for each connection and bag.
This $5 Trick Will Keep Your Belongings Secure
We were about to travel to Athens, Greece. We had heard lots of stories from other travelers about pickpockets and were worried about our luggage while on the overnight ferry and the long train ride to our inner city hotel. We were traveling with A LOT of luggage – and a baby – so keeping our eyes on everything wasn’t always easy.
Which is when we came up with this brilliant idea.
Cable ties are strong and tamper proof. Trying to tamper with them only causes them to close on tighter. The only way to get them off is to cut them off – which is a pretty good deterrent to a pick pocket looking for an easy target.
Cable ties are inconspicuous as well. Unlike the pacsafe which is extremely visible, almost in a way to advertise that there are valuables inside, the cable ties can be trimmed down so that they are only really noticeable if you are looking for them.
Cable ties are cheap. You can get a pack of a hundred of them for just a few dollars at any hardware or dollar store. They are light weight so you can bring plenty along with you and they won’t take up any space in your luggage.
The only downside? When you get to your destination, you have to cut them off. So access to a pocket knife or scissors is crucial.
And it works!
We used this trick whenever we were moving around in locations that we felt were a high danger for pickpockets, and never once had any of our luggage compromised.
Bonus Tip! Cable ties are also great for fixing almost everything! We even used them to reattach the front wheel of our stroller after some particular nasty cobble stones caused the whole front wheel to detach!