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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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