(SPOT.ph) In the time of revenge travel, it's important to have a lock to keep your checked-in valuables secure whether you’re traveling locally or internationally. It’s for your peace of mind, which is as valuable—if not more—as the pasalubong or pasabuys inside your bag. If you don’t have one yet or are in dire need of replacing your flimsy luggage lock, we present below budget-friendly options to choose from.
10 affordable locks to secure your checked-in luggage:
AMERILOCK Combination Padlock (Starts at P166)
This Amerilock is a combination type of padlock with a sequence of three numbers used to open the lock. The models 516, 517, and 518 are all Transportation Security Administration-approved (or TSA-approved), and what this red diamond logo means is that it allows security to inspect their luggage without damaging the lock.
All three models have different designs; all either come in red or black; and all have different prices. The earliest model 516 is cheapest at P166, while model 517 costs P193 and model 518 costs P219.
Ace Hardware Resettable Combination Luggage Lock (P183)
Ace Hardware’s namesake lock is your typical combination padlock with a three-number combination to unlock. The material used for its shackle (the u-shaped bar) is hardened steel, making it cut- and pry-resistant. This lock only comes in one color, or really, no color since it’s steel, and is reasonably priced at P183 per piece.
Tigernu Convenient Small Combination Code Lock Padlock (P49)
This Tigernu padlock is made of alloy and has a black coating, and its shackle resembles a carabiner or a chain hook in the sense that you need to continuously press its side to remove the lock from the zipper's pull tab. This padlock can be used for big suitcases but since this padlock is quite small, this is ideal to use for a carry-on suitcase or backpack.
BETTERFORM Anti-Theft Portable Cable Luggage Lock (P270)
This BETTERFORM lock has a unique cactus-shaped body and it highlights a high-contrast dial so you can read the numbers with ease when you need to unlock it. Another thing that's great about this lock is that instead of a steel shackle, it has a flexible cable which lets you use this for multiple zippers that are slightly spaced out from each other.
Merchandise.Ph Mechanical Password Padlock (P34)
Not a fan of three-digit combination locks? We get the struggle of twisting and twisting the dial until you get the right number sequence every freaking time you need to get an item from your suitcase. This mechanical padlock makes it easier since you only need to press the buttons. It's available as a six-digit padlock, an eight-digit padlock, and a 10-digit padlock.
Wanderskye TSA-S Travel Lock (P495)
Wandersky has long been known for travel essentials, and that includes locks for your bags. This trusted brand's locks are heavy-duty as it's made of a zinc alloy body, and, more importantly, are all TSA-approved. It comes in two colors, a calming Gray Blue and a vibrant Purple.
Rover Fingerprint Padlock (P1,400)
If you hate combination locks of any kind, or hate the ones that come with an actual key, it's time to embrace technology and invest in this fingerprint padlock because, uhm, "your finger is the key."
The pros of this padlock, aside from the main benefit that you don't need a key or combination, are that it can support 10 fingerprint users and is rechargeable. But there is a downside which is that it always needs to be charged. So better have a powerbank with you at all times.
ORIA 4-Digit Combination Lock (P318)
This ORIA padlock is a four-digit lock which is trickier for strangers (thieves) to crack open compared to a three-digit lock as there are more combinations. Priced at P318, these locks are sold as a bundle of two. You can either have both locks in black, silver, yellow, green, red, or blue, or have a combination of two colors.
Yale Travel Luggage Padlock (P650)
Of course Yale, being one of the world's oldest lock manufacturers, has their own luggage padlocks. This three-digit padlock has a body made of zinc and a shackle made of steel, resulting in a tough, heavy-duty lock. And as you already know what the red diamond logo means, this Yale padlock is TSA-approved.
Greenfield 4-Dial Padlock (P279.30)
This Greenfield TSA lock uses a four-digit passcode which results in more than 1000 number sequences, making it harder for luggage thieves to open it. Don't let anyone (that you don't know) take your belongings!