At one point, I thought that luggage straps were an unnecessary expense. Then, on a trip to Japan, my luggage zipper came undone, sending my possessions all over baggage claim. I was able to repair my bag for the trip back home, but for the entire flight, I worried about my stuff, which wasn’t ideal, given that the flight from Chicago to Tokyo takes about 13 hours.
Needless to say, I picked up some luggage straps prior to my next trip. They provide peace of mind by protecting your belongings, and many options have additional features to make your travels easier.
Here’s a look at some of the best luggage straps currently available, along with key information about the advantages and disadvantages of the various options. We’ve also included a detailed buying guide at the end of this piece to help travelers make their purchases with confidence.
The Best Luggage Straps
Okay, Untethered is a pretty horrible name for a company that makes luggage straps, but that’s a minor consideration. These luggage straps are made from well-crafted components, and while the color options are limited, the overall quality is high.
The two-stage buckle locks twice for added assurance, and the extra-strong nylon webbing can take a beating -- it’s rated for a maximum force tension of 400 pounds. Choose from bright green and solid black.
- Buckle has two-stage closure
- Four straps included in each package
- Very durable
- Only two color options
- No integrated luggage tag or other add-ons
- Each set includes four straps
- Two-stage buckle for added security
- Max force tension of over 400 pounds
- Brand: Untethered
- Dimensions: 2 x 72 inches
Vigorport’s luggage straps are made from a thick nylon webbing and can adjust to accommodate baggage from 20 to 32 inches in diameter. The transparent buckle lets you ensure you’ve secured your bags properly (and looks pretty cool), and the multicolored stitching gives you an easy way to spot your bags from a distance.
Vigorport offers a variety of buying option -- from a basic strap to multiple straps, added luggage tag or even handle wraps, so be sure to be mindful of the dimensions of the straps you are purchasing.
- Oversized buckle appears durable and secure
- Stitching is attractive and easily identifiable
- Additional accessories available if desired
- Wide buckles might be awkward on some bags
- Color combos might not appeal to some
- Secure plastic closures
- Multicolor stitching for added visibility
- Most straps accommodates luggage from 20 to 32 inches
- Straps made with nylon webbing with plastic buckles and closures
- Variety of buying options
- Brand: Vigorport
- Dimensions: 1.75 x 72 inches
These stylish straps have TSA-approved combination locks, which provide an additional layer of security during your travels. Granted, locks on travel straps are fundamentally less secure than luggage locks, but they’re still an asset if you’re traveling with valuables. You can set your own combination, and thanks to the included keyhole, the TSA can open the lock easily without compromising the strap’s integrity.
The strap itself is made from durable polypropylene ribbon, which stays in place without stretching out once you’ve secured the buckle. The lock adds some bulk, but not much, and it’s a well-implemented feature for travelers looking for more security.
- Well-implemented security lock with TSA approval
- Available in three attractive color combinations
- Both strap and buckle are made from durable materials
- Only contains one strap
- More expensive than other options
- Lock is unnecessary feature for some travelers
- Expandable from 43 to 75 inches
- Buckle has TSA-approved combination lock
- Multiple colors available
- Contains one strap
- Strap is made from polypropylene with polycarbonate buckle
- Brand: Mu-Moon
- Dimensions: 2 x 75 inches
Luggage Straps Buying Guide
Granted, luggage straps aren’t the most complex accessories you’ll purchase before a big trip, but they can provide some notable benefits at a fairly low price. Before ordering, measure your luggage and make sure that the straps will fit (this won’t be an issue for the vast majority of buyers, but a quick measurement is always worthwhile).
Here are a few of the most important factors to consider:
The vast majority of straps have plastic closures, which are both durable and easy to use. However, they’re also a potential point of failure — if the plastic breaks, you’re out of luck. Look for thin closures that don’t stick out from the rest of the strap. If a closure doesn’t seem to latch correctly, replace it or pack an extra strap just in case.
Note that many manufacturers will replace luggage straps that have obvious defects in craftsmanship, so if your strap fails, don’t throw it away, and do keep your purchase information.
Luggage straps often have additional features designed to entice travelers, but for the most part, these are features that add to the cost without providing meaningful utility. A combination lock might be a worthwhile add-on, but remember, if someone wants to steal your stuff, they can simply cut through your straps. More importantly, TSA agents might lose patience with locked straps if your luggage is tagged for an inspection.
Generally speaking, you’re better off using luggage with built-in locks as your first line of defense. If you get a strap with a lock, check to make sure that it has TSA approval. Approved locks will be openable by a TSA agent’s master keyset and will have some labeling to indicate compliance with the agency’s standards.
Another useful feature: luggage tags, which can be used to identify your bags in an emergency. While standalone luggage tags are worth a look, straps with integrated address cards can save you some money.
A splash of color can help you identify your bags at a distance, which could shorten your time at the baggage claim. As every traveler knows, the less time spent waiting to grab luggage, the better.
With that said, luggage straps are available in a variety of styles and colors, so if you can’t find anything you like from one manufacturer, keep looking. Style isn’t the most important consideration, but it’s certainly up there.