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3 Ways to Select the Best Zipper for your Travel Luggage

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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.

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  • 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 December 2, 2021

The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

Now on to the checklist!

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Here is how your checklist should look

1. CAMPSITE GEAR

  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries

2.  KITCHEN

  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage containers
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Paper towels
  • Extra bin for washing dishes

3. CLOTHES

  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats

4. PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap

5. OTHER ITEMS

  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information

This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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