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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 Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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