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My luggage zipper opened on its own - can I just secure it with luggage straps?

My luggage zipper opened on its own - can I just secure it with luggage straps?

Old Nov 30, 18, 9:37 pm
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My luggage zipper opened on its own - can I just secure it with luggage straps?

I noticed on my last trip, when I pulled my bag off the belt, part of the zipper had become separated and the bag was open. Can I fix this and just reinforce my luggage with some straps, or should I buy a new luggage? To be fair, my luggage is "Tag" brand and I'm pretty sure it was cheap and I've probably owned it for like a decade. But since I don't travel that much, I wonder if new luggage is really necessary. Thanks!
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Old Dec 1, 18, 3:37 pm
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What size suitcase? carry-on size or 24" or greater? Hard or soft-sided?
It's really up to you. You could try to reseat the zipper on your own and just buy some cheap luggage straps. Or you can just buy a new suitcase or set of luggage at Target, Costco, or ebags for <$100.
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Old Dec 1, 18, 3:57 pm
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It's a soft-sided 24-inch that I check, not carry-on. It seems wasteful to buy a whole new piece of luggage if this one could still work, but I did see a hard-sided 24" for $60 online that seems to get decent reviews. I could try it... I just hate buying unnecessary things I don't need!
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Old Dec 1, 18, 9:23 pm
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Most bags have self repairing zippers. Have you rezipped it?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zLslFF9HAuo
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Old Dec 2, 18, 11:24 am
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I did re-zip it. I'm just scared of it breaking open again...
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Old Dec 2, 18, 12:04 pm
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If you pack carefully, you can probably get away with a strap. Just make sure there are no loose small items that could fall out if the zipper fails again.
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Old Dec 2, 18, 12:10 pm
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Originally Posted by MiniMuffin View Post
I did re-zip it. I'm just scared of it breaking open again...
are you prepared to have your undies strewn all over the conveyer belt
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Old Jan 2, 19, 12:58 pm
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A set of luggage strap (better if 2) will take care of your problem. Since I like to over-stuff my bags, I do this as a habit. The cost is $1 (dollar store or ebay) to $5 (Walmart). It also make your luggage a little easy to identify coming off the belt, and slightly less desirable to casual thieves (luggage straps = overstuff = difficult to stick hand in to rummage)
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Old Jan 3, 19, 12:27 pm
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Maybe use a zip tie to make the zippers be together? Yes this has to be done each time you pack, but if you rarely use this suitcase then throw will be cheaper than buying a new one.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 3:42 pm
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Once a zipper is breached, in my experience, it never functions properly again. You say you've had this suitcase for 10 years, I assume it was inexpensive when purchased. Just buy a new suitcase.
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