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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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    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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