Does your luggage look a little worse for wear? Don't worry - there are a few simple things you can do to spruce it up and get it ready for your next adventure. And the best part is, none of these tips will cost you more than $25!

Rudy's 10 Tips

Here are Rudy's 10 tips to get your luggage ready for the road
  1. Get a luggage tag: This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people travel without luggage tags. Not only do they help to identify your bag if it gets lost, but they also help to prevent someone else from accidentally taking your bag off the baggage carousel. You can find luggage tags at most travel stores or online. Prices start at around $5. If you're worried about losing your luggage, you can always add identification tags with your name and contact information on them. This way, if your bag ever gets lost, whoever finds it will be able to easily get in touch with you so you can be reunited with your belongings "as soon as possible."  A luggage tag is essential for keeping track of your bags. Make sure to get a durable one that won't tear off easily.
  2. Replace old, worn-out wheels: If your suitcase has seen better days, it might be time to replace the wheels. This can be a big help if your suitcase is starting to feel heavy or difficult to maneuver. You can find replacement wheels at most luggage stores or online.
  3. Patch up any holes or tears: If your suitcase has any holes or tears, now is the time to patch them up. This will help prevent any further damage from occurring and keep your belongings safe and sound while you travel. You can find patches at most hardware stores or online. Hard side luggage can get scratched pretty easily, but there's an easy way to prevent this from happening. Just pick up some clear contact paper and apply it over the outside of your bag. This will act as a barrier between the bag and anything that could potentially scratch it - like other pieces of luggage in the overhead bin on an airplane!
  4. Get a new zipper: A broken zipper can ruin an otherwise perfect trip. If your suitcase zipper is starting to stick or jam, it's time to replace it with a new one. You can find zippers at most craft stores or online.
  5. Clean out the lining: Over time, suitcases can start to smell musty from all the travel (and the occasional spills). To freshen things up, remove the lining and wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Let it air dry completely before putting it back in the suitcase.
  6. Polish up the hardware: Any metal hardware on your suitcase (like handles, locks, etc.) can start to tarnish over time. To clean it up, simply buff it with a dry cloth until it shines again.
  7. Invest in some packing cubes: Packing cubes are an amazing way to keep your belongings organized while you travel. They come in all different sizes, so you can choose the ones that fit your needs perfectly. You can find them at most travel stores or online.
  8. Pack an extra change of clothes in your carry-on: No matter how well you plan, there's always a chance that your luggage could get lost during transit. To avoid being stranded without any clean clothes, pack an extra change of clothes in your carry-on bag just in case.
  9. Make sure everything is insured: Before you take off on your next adventure, make sure everything in your luggage is insured in case of loss or damage. If you get a TSA-approved lock, this will help to keep your belongings safe and secure while you're traveling. TSA-approved locks can be found at most travel stores or online. Prices start at around $15.
  10. Buy a luggage cover: A luggage cover is a great way to protect your bag from dirt and scratches. It's also helpful if you're trying to keep your bag looking new. You can find luggage covers at most travel stores or online. Prices start at around $10.

Rudy's Wrap Up

Investing a little money into preparing your luggage for travel can go a long way toward making sure your trip is enjoyable and stress-free! By following these simple tips, you'll be able to rest assured knowing that your belongings are safe and sound—no matter where your travels take you.

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