The Real Reason You Need Luggage Straps — and the Best Ones to Buy

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Checking in a suitcase always comes with a bit of anxiety — will it be there when I arrive? With all of its contents? One way to eliminate at least part of the worry is to take an additional step after packing: Secure the bag with luggage straps.

Whether you have softside or hardside suitcases, there's always a possibility of a zipper or clasp breaking, especially when the bag is overpacked — and who doesn't squeeze in the last item and then struggle to close the bag? Often, a bump or drop on a corner can strain the closure, even on quality luggage. A suitcase strap will keep the bag closed and the contents intact.

Colorful straps also make it easier to spot your bag on the carousel when you arrive. Some brands add extra security with a TSA-approved lock and identification tag. For just a few dollars spent on luggage straps and a few minutes to secure them, you can add some peace of mind to your travels.

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Blue Costo Luggage Strap

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Made of durable poly and plastic material, this heavy duty adjustable luggage strap comes in a variety of bright colors, and its buckle closure ensures security.

To buy: amazon.com, $7

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Darller Luggage Straps

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This adjustable luggage strap, with secure quick-release buckle and easy closure, is available in four bright colors.

To buy: amazon.com, $8

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X-maker Bungee Luggage Straps

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Made of high-quality Oxford cloth with sturdy microfiber elastic straps and plastic buckle, this strap can secure your suitcase or connect items for easier handling.

To buy: amazon.com, $11

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Tranvers Heavy Duty Luggage Strap

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This sturdy webbing strap, adjustable to fit 16-inch to 32-inch suitcases, features a quick-release buckle, built in address tag, and choice of colors.

To buy: amazon.com, $6

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AOGOGO Bungee Luggage Straps, 2-pack

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With high-quality microfiber elastic straps, durable Oxford cloth, and plastic locks, these bungee-style straps allow you to secure a suitcase or attach two pieces for convenient handling.

To buy: amazon.com, $11

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Blue Costo Luggage Strap with TSA-approved Combination Lock

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These heavy duty adjustable straps, one with TSA lock and one without, can be used together for additional security.

To buy: amazon.com, $12

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