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3 Ways to Select the Best Zipper for your Travel Luggage

3 Ways to Select the Best Zipper for your Travel Luggage

When you check your travel bag before purchasing one, the Zipper is the most important component to look out for. Frequent travelers and Global trotters should pay attention to the quality of zipper on the luggage bag before buying one. If the zipper of your bag is broken, you can’t travel after all.

Low-quality luggage zipper could break easily and when this happens, the situation may be so awkward. Can you imagine how horrifying it would be seeing everything you are carrying spilled on the way?

Therefore, as a luggage manufacturer, the choice luggage zippers by travelers above should be a guide to selecting best zipper for your luggage bag project.

1. Know the Zipper type 

Know the Zipper type commonly used by manufacturing companies on luggage

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There are many luggage zippers in the market from different zipper manufacturing companies. However, two of these are the most commonly used.

  • Coil zippers

Since they are made from nylon or polyester, they are commonly called nylon zippers. These zippers are not only durable; they are also of a reasonable price. Also, these zippers possess self-healing abilities which make them retain their original when twisted or tampered with. Precisely, this is why they are preferred by luggage manufacturers.

  • Chain zippers

When compared with the coil zipper, these zippers are made either of metal or molded plastic. They create a perfect zipper system highly secured and durable with the teeth interlocking perfectly. However, the metallic teeth nature makes them inflexible and more expensive than the coil zipper. Because of these two issues, the chain zippers rarely find admirers in the luggage manufacturing companies, however durable or secured they are.

2. Access the Luggage zipper

Having known the most commonly used luggage zippers, these few tips will guide you while accessing the zipper.

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  • Closed-end zippers are better compared to open-end zippers.

Closed end zipper is a better choice when it comes to travel luggage. The reason for this is because, since the zipper opens at opposite ends, even if one of the zippers pair breaks, the luggage bag is still useful with the other functioning zipper.

  • The bigger the zipper the better for the luggage bag

This is very true that the bigger zippers are stronger and long-lasting than the smaller size zippers.

  • Water resistant zippers are better for travel luggage with valuables

For someone who carries valuables like expensive watches, camera or whatever else, buying a travel luggage with water resistant zipper should be the best choice. This should be a zipper selection guide to luggage manufacturers.

  • Chose zippers pulls with big holes.

While people who prefer being extra safe use locks for added safety, zipper pulls with very small holes may not let lock shackles through.  Ensure to buy a zipper pulls with lager holes that permit lock shackles for your project.

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  • Smart Zippers Are today’s choice.

Today, luggage manufacturing industries incorporate smart zippers in their travel luggage. These zippers have tampered resistant zipper pulls connected to hidden clips. This makes it impossible for thieves to make way with travel luggage without getting caught. If you often travel with valuable, getting a travel luggage with a smart zipper should be the best choice.

3. Know Zipper maintenance and care

It is not enough to know the zipper choice for your project or classification but also very important to know zipper maintenance tips for both the luggage manufacturer and the buyer.

Luggage zippers require proper care and maintenance if they must keep their functionality and increase their longevity.

Tips

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  • Never stuff the luggage bag.

Luggage zippers can break easily when you try to close an overly filled bag. If the longevity of the zipper must be kept, always fill your bags to their optimum holding capacity and never go beyond.

  • Lubrication may be needed

Mostly, water-resistant zippers must be given careful attention. If these zippers are not lubricated with silicone grease, paraffin or Teflon spray for a long time, they could become distorted and difficult to operate.

  • Do not attempt to open or close a slider if you can’t do it.

The first reactions of most people to sliders that refuse to open or close normally are to exert a force it. If you don’t have any idea on opening or closing a slider, it’s better to leave it and think of ways better to do it. Exerting for on it may cause more harm than good. The best way to make this open or close properly is to apply lubricating spray to the elements. With a short time, a little effort should make the slider work perfectly.

  • Detached elements from tape

Putting pressure to zip up an overfilled luggage bag may cause the elements to detach from the tape. Once the elements are detached, there is no way you can fix them back. The only remedy is to replace the zipper. However, avoiding this is simple; never force to close the two elements when they are far from each other. If ever you succeed forcing them closed, they might force themselves detach from the center and that still cause the damage. The elements will sure close smoothly when they are near each other.

  • Slider getting stuck on Fabric

If a slider gets stuck on fabric and it’s forced to open, it will get stuck even more especially if fabric threads have got stuck. Simply pull back the slider as gently as possible then remove the stuck fabric or thread carefully.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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