December 7, 2010

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: Keep 'em Safe & Secure

EAGLE CREEK TSA 3 DIAL LOCK AND CABLE (php690):

Most TSA (Transportation Security Administration) certified 3 dial locks costs about php600-900 depending on which brand, quite expensive right?

available at any Travel Club outlets

I could have just easily bought the conventional keyed padlock for 99php, I have always used it and it has always kept my luggage safe and secure. Only problem is, I keep losing the key, now imagine telling that to the airport security when they can’t examine your bag and be prepared for your luggage to get ripped apart, literally. Definitely not a scenario you’d want to get involved in.

Assuming you’re not as careless as me and you don’t lose the key of those cheaper 3 dialed locks? In my experience though, it worked fine until the 3rd day (I like keeping my luggage locked even when inside the hotel) and by the time I had to fly home, the dial no longer works and I had to get a new one, and a new one, and another one for my upcoming trips because after a disappointingly short amount of usage and time, it breaks.

Cheap locks tend to break easily and expensive but dependable brands such as Eagle Creek can last a very long time, mine is going on its 5th and still working. So the ratio of cost per wear or use ultimately surpasses the initial amount you paid for it. The steel cable that came with it is a huge plus when you have several bags, you could loop them together and not worry having them separated and losing the other. Although of course there is that risk that when you lose one, you lose all of them together but let’s not go there, shall we?


CARIBINERS (php70):


The uses of caribiners are limitless and they come really cheap. I always have one or two whenever I travel, they can link almost anything and everything. I clip it on my backpack to carry my shoes or other smaller bags, I clip it on my jeans to carry my keys, psp, ipod and water bottle but I especially like it for my tripod. Spend half a day walking around with your tripod and you’re bound to get that shoulder of yours strained, so clip that tripod in your jeans instead.

written by KIM

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