Luggage straps are one of the most overlooked, yet most game-changing travel accessories out there. They provide an extra layer of security to your bags and allow for easy identification at baggage claim thanks to their bold, neon colors and other fun patterns.
We’ve separated our recommendations into four categories below: “normal” straps, personalized straps, TSA approved straps (with locks), and “add a bag” straps.
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Best Luggage Straps
Looking for no-frills luggage straps that will keep your belongings secured and help your stuff stand out at baggage claim? Here are our top 3 picks for 2018:
1. BlueCosto Straps
Basic, colorful, reliable – these BlueCosto straps are perfect for anyone in search of some simple, trustworthy straps. They’ll keep your luggage bound tight and help you spot your bags more easily thanks to their bright neon colors. They’re one-size-fits-all and work with any 20 – 32 inch suitcase.
2. ProudGuy ELASTRAAP
Available in 10 bright, warm colors and as single straps or as a two pack, the ELASTRAAP by ProudGuy stays stuck firmly around your luggage using a clip backed by a non-slip silicone pad for extra grip. These straps are adjustable up to 80 inches for those extra large suitcases!
3. ORB Travel Premium Designer Straps
If you’re looking for a more stylish set of straps that allows your personality to shine through, these designer straps by ORB are perfect. They’re available in ~20 awesome different patterns and colors – great for both men and women – and as single straps or as multi-strap packs. Adjustable up to 70 inches.
Personalized Luggage Straps
Looking for custom-made straps monogrammed with your name for super easy recognition? Here are our top 2 picks for 2018:
1. Label Weavers Personalized Woven Straps
These personalized straps are available in either red or blue with white lettering. Your name is woven into the straps and repeated across the entire length, all the way around. They’re adjustable up to 70 inches.
2. Miles Kimball Personalized Yellow Straps
High quality, bright yellow straps with your name stitched right in. The color + personalization ensures you’ll never lose site of your luggage again! These straps are adjustable pu to 64 inches and secured with a sturdy plastic clip.
TSA Approved Luggage Straps
Looking for the peace of mind that only comes with combination lock-secured luggage? These 3 straps all close using TSA approved combination locks to keep your belongings extra safe while traveling:
1. Samsonite Luggage Travel Sentry 3 Dial Combination Strap
These locked & TSA approved straps come from Samsonite, a name well-known in the luggage industry. The straps stay closed with a 3 dial combination lock that’s recognized and accepted by the TSA – if they want to check your bags, they have a special key that will open this lock so they don’t have to cut the straps off. Available in black as well as 3 additional neon colors perfect for quick recognition at baggage claim.
2. BlueCosto TSA Approved Combination Lock Adjustable Suitcase Travel Belt
This strap from BlueCosto is secured via a 3 dial combination lock and comes in black plus 4 additional bright, warm colors. The clip is quite rugged and won’t snap when bent. The lock is TSA approved – they won’t have to cut your straps off if they decide to check your bags.
3. ProudGuy ELASTRAAP with TSA Combination Lock
These ProudGuy ELASTRAAP w/ combination lock might just be the most heavy-duty luggage straps out there. These straps are thick and non-slip (thanks to a non-slip silicone pad), and secure easily and firmly with a heavy duty buckle + 3 dial combination lock. They come in 8 different colors and as single straps or as two packs. They’re all approved for use by the TSA to boot – no ruined straps if they need to check your bags!
Add A Bag Luggage Straps
Looking for a strap that lets you secure smaller bags to a larger piece of luggage? Look no further:
1. YYST Add A Bag Straps
This pair of add a bag straps from YYST can easily secure three or more pieces of your luggage together, for simpler transportation and to make sure nothing gets lost. They’re heavy duty but lightweight, and can easily fit into a pocket when not in use.
2. Travelon Bag Bungee
This cool little invention from Travelon lets you securely attach a smaller piece of luggage, duffel bag, travel tote, or other personal effect right on to the top of your larger suitcase. The bungee-style cords keep your belongings firmly attached, so you can easily wheel two or more bags around with just one hand.
3. Lewis N. Clark Add-A-Bag Straps
This simple add a bag strap from Lewis N. Clark lets you quickly, firmly, and easily attach one bag to another. It’s rugged, durable, strong, and incredibly lightweight. Perfect to lash backpacks, purses, compression sacks, and duffel bags to larger luggage pieces.
Luggage straps aren’t a particularly sexy travel accessory, it’s true. But then again so many of life’s travel necessities aren’t all that fascinating. Electric adaptors, passport holders, and money pouches aren’t particularly interesting either, but can you imagine traveling without them?
Luggage straps are thin elastic bands that wrap around the width or height (or both) of your checked luggage on airplanes, to keep them from popping open during transit so that all the contents don’t com pouring out even if a latch or zipper gets a little loose. They often also contain small identification tags that include the owner’s home address, phone number and email address so that the finder can get in touch with the owner in case the bag goes missing at some point during a voyage.
They can be found in a variety of different styles and fashions to fit the preferences of any traveler and any bag owner. They’re generally fairly cheap and are a vital thing to buy for your bag before you begin your next trip no matter how big or small.
And if you think to yourself, “Do I really want to open money on something like a luggage strap?” the answer is yes! Look at it this way. Would you rather spend under five or ten dollars on a luggage strap or would you rather have to buy a new suitcase in addition to all of its expensive contents in case it gets lost?
And if your bag hits the ground and comes open on the tarmac, would you rather have an underpaid airline employee toss your belongings back in the bag in a less than perfect manner, or would you rather have a luggage strap that keeps all of your clothing and belongings inside the bag in the first place?
By weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing a luggage strap, it’s safe to say that you will want to pick one up so that you’re safe, rather than sorry if something happens to your bag.
Taking matters into your own hands
And what about the argument that airlines supply their own luggage tags on checked baggage to prevent them from getting lost? Well it’s true. At check in counters at the airport, many airlines supply baskets of disposable luggage tags for their customers. But have you ever truly examined one of those tags? They’re flimsy paper barely attached to a piece of elastic string.
They’re just as likely to fall off of the bag by the time you reach your destination as they are to actually serve their purpose and stay on. On top of that, with the advent of low-cost airliners, it would not be surprising at all if these companies began to cut the freely provided luggage tags the same way that airlines cut playing cards and other accessories that were once provided on flights.
Airlines are allegedly getting a bit better with keeping track of checked luggage. They are now using RFID chips to track bags and hopefully this trend only improves in coming years. But the great thing about luggage straps is that they help to ensure the safety of your bag long after you get out of the airport.
Think, for example about being in a crowded hotel. Bellhops are dealing with all sorts of bags and if yours winds up in the wrong taxi the poor people who took the wrong bag would have no idea to get it back to you. If you have to take a long Greyhound trip or a train trip in Europe or Asia, and someone grabs your bag accidentally, there’s a good chance that without a luggage tag it would never find its way back to you, whereas if you do have one, you’ll see it much sooner than later!
The potential benefit of a luggage strap and headache prevented by one is reason enough to drop a few bucks and pick one up.
Luggage straps serve many purposes
Another function that luggage straps serves is as a quick identifier for your bag when it’s at baggage claim at the airport, for instance.
Perhaps it’s the fault of luggage manufacturers for making bags that all look the same, or perhaps it’s the fault of the consumer for always buying the square, blue or black option, with an occasional grey or muted green color thrown in. In any event, all the bags going around on the carousel look almost identical, and a luggage tag can help set yours apart from the sea of other bags that look exactly the same.
If you catch sight of a luggage tag with your preferred sports team on it, or the skyline of your hometown, you can be fairly certain that it’s yours. Some companies are even offering luggage straps with the owner’s name or initials written into the fabric, which is perhaps the best way to ensure that the bag that you’re grabbing is actually yours!
A unique tag like the aforementioned ones is a good idea, given that everyone seems to have a green or pink one. Get one that sets your bag apart, so that it’s not just a luggage tag that looks like everyone else’s luggage tag on a bag that looks like everyone else’s bag.
You can also purchase luggage straps which have a lock on them to protect the contents of your bag. While this type of luggage strap won’t fly at the airport – they’ll just cut right through it to examine the contents of your suitcase, UNLESS the lock is TSA approved – it could be a good option for travelers who aren’t planning on flying. If you’ve already arrived at your destination and are done with flying, only traveling by car, train, boat, or bus, it could be beneficial to spring for a second luggage strap with a lock.