The Consummate Traveler – Luggage Lifesavers

June 14, 2014 Updated: June 14, 2014

One of the worst things that can happen while en route to your destination is to have your luggage fall apart. Perhaps it is a zipper or handle that breaks, or a wheel that falls off. I personally have had two mishaps in this department, with the most recent adventure happening just two weeks ago.

I was staying in New York City for a few days, and as I made my way down the stairs in the subway to return home, the handle of my favorite carry-on suitcase broke off on one side. I was trying to keep it together, but dragging a heavy suitcase by a sharp metal stick is not so easy. It seems that a little screw fell off, and I didn’t have time to figure out how to fix it.

Although a major suitcase malfunction is hard to deal with if you are already at the airport (or on your way to it), here are a few suggestions for common supplies that can turn out to be luggage lifesavers. Pack them on your next trip and be ready for almost anything!

Trash Bags: If the zipper of your suitcase decides to break at the last minute, place all of the suitcase contents into heavy-duty trash bags so that none of your clothes leak out. The heavier the plastic you can find the better. I would recommend taking along at least two or three bags for each suitcase you have. Multiple layers will provide better protection. If you don’t need to use the bags for this purpose, you can simply use them to store your dirty clothes.

Duct Tape: Another great multipurpose survival kit supply to bring along on every trip is heavy-duty duct tape. You can temporarily secure a broken luggage handle with it, patch a hole in your handbag or suitcase, or even use it to mend a broken arm on your glasses. It can do much more than that; just Google “39 survival uses for duct tape” and you will see what I mean.

Travel Screwdriver: If you are faced with a loose screw on a handle, having the right tools at your disposal can make this type of repair very simple. There are some great travel-size screwdrivers you can buy that contain all the different head types you need (like Phillips and flathead). [color=red]I am planning to purchase screwdriver keys that fit easily onto a keychain and can be with you at all times.

As always, I wish you all the happiest of travels!