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3 Ways to Protect Items While On-the-Go With Security Seals

3 Ways to Protect Items While On-the-Go With Security Seals

Security seals are known to protect items on-the-go, most commonly ones being transported in shipping containers. Because of the different phases each shipment goes through, it’s important to ensure all the items remain safe and reach their destination without any issues. This is why tamper-evident seals exist, to easily notify the receiver if the items have been tampered with.

This probably sounds like a good deal for your own personal items, right? I’m sure you would want to know if anything of yours has been tampered with, especially while traveling or staying somewhere other than your home.

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Here are three different scenarios where you can put your mind at ease by utilizing security seal products.

Traveling by Plane

As if the packing process isn’t stressful enough, traveling by plane can leave you worrying about lost or tampered luggage, especially if the destination is far.

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  • Use tamper-evident security tape to secure a luggage lock, zippers and anything that requires a key to open, like a safe.
  • Use padlocks on the zippers of the luggage.

You can also take comfort in knowing that airlines utilize security seals in different areas of the plane, such as the belly. American Casting & Manufacturing explains, “Wherever there is a bag, bin or crate that luggage or cargo goes into, there will also be a seal. After the transported goods are inspected, they are also sealed before they are loaded onto the plane. Those seals are then checked as they are unloaded to be sure that nothing has been either tampered with or affected by general travel.”

Staying at the Hotel

In this situation, you’re somewhere that you’re probably not entirely familiar with, but are granted basic security. Still, you can’t always be sure if your items are at risk or how reliable hotel room safes are.

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  • Use tamper-evident security tape to cover the lock of the door.
  • Use a cable lock on anything valuable you need to leave behind, like your laptop.
  • Use extra tape to cover up the peephole on the door.

Sending Items Through Mail

    In this situation, the same thought process applies:

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    • Use tamper-evident security tape when mailing important documents, packages or money.
    • Use plastic security seals for mail sacks.

    Security products don’t come with a 100% guarantee that nothing will be stolen, but it is an easy and quick indication that tampering occurred. Also, individuals are less likely to attempt it when these products are involved.

    Bonus Security Advice

    1. Keep your money in a few different but secure locations. This way, if anything were to happen to your wallet, you won’t be left with nothing.
    2. Consider an RFID (radio frequency identification) wallet to prevent electronic pickpocketing. An RFID wallet can be handy at home as well, but especially helpful if you’re far from your bank.
    3. Scan and/or copy all traveling documents. Whether the documents are intentionally stolen or they were in a bag or wallet that was stolen, it’s important to have backup, especially if you’re out of the country and it’s your only form of identification. This may also speed up the replacement process.
    4. Get creative with how you carry your items. Since it’s a popular vacation spot, let’s use the beach for example. If you need to bring money and/or valuables, put them in an empty jar of sunblock. You can also disguise your items in an empty snack box or a solid colored travel mug.
    5. If you arrive before check-in and choose to start touring, make sure you get a receipt for all items you’re leaving at the hotel.

    During the times you feel you have a little less control over what happens to your personal belongings, like when traveling, you have the option to add more security with security seals and these other helpful tips and tricks.

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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