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How to put on a luggage strap

Updated February 21, 2017

Luggage straps consist of a double length of canvas or other durable material. The strap material passes through a buckle at one end and a clasp at the other with a floating adjuster set in between. The principle of the luggage strap is similar to that of an adjustable backpack strap or seat belt and it can be lengthened or shortened in much the same fashion. To put on your luggage strap you must know how to operate it and where to place it for maximum effect.

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  1. Release the luggage strap clasp so that the strap is open.

  2. Wrap the luggage strap completely around the width of your bag at its midpoint. This area tends to be the most vulnerable to failure as is has little framework and is furthest from the hinges or locking ends of the suitcase. The strap should pass through the side handle on its way around the bag. Keep the clasp facing toward the front of the bag for easy access.

  3. Adjust the luggage strap to the appropriate size for your suitcase without locking it shut. Slide the floating adjuster toward the strap clasp and pull the strap away from it until the strap reaches the length you need. The fit should be snug and not allow for any movement.

  4. Clasp the two ends of the luggage strap together securely.

  5. Tip

    Luggage straps can also be used to attach two bags together. Once attached the two bags can be rolled as one rather than carried separately. Loop the luggage strap through the handle at the top of your larger rolling bag. Loop it through the second bag of smaller or equal size. Cinch the strap as tightly as it will go so the larger bag supports the other. Select a luggage strap with unique colouring or design to make your bags more recognisable on the luggage carousel.


    Luggage straps may delay your security process as TSA officials may request that they be removed for a carry-on bag inspection. If installing luggage straps onto your checked baggage you may wish to use a TSA-approved locking model which can be easily opened and closed by TSA agents without damage to the lock.

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About the Author

Robert Morello has an extensive travel, marketing and business background. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 2002 and has worked in travel as a guide, corporate senior marketing and product manager and travel consultant/expert. Morello is a professional writer and adjunct professor of travel and tourism.

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