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How to Reset a Luggage Lock if you have forgotten the Combination

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Why Combination Locks Are a Good Idea

When it comes to traveling abroad, one of the things that a lot of people find themselves worrying about is the safety of their belongings that they have packed. This is no surprise when we hear horror stories of lost luggage, or even worse, stolen luggage.

Fortunately, there are some safety options that we can take advantage of that will minimise any risks, like luggage that has combination locking. The good thing about this type of lock is that you can add extra security to your luggage and minimise the risk of anything being stolen. The problem arises when you have forgotten the combination to the lock, which is actually quite easy to do.

What to do if you have forgotten the Combination to your Luggage Lock

Imagine the stress; you have arrived to your holiday destination, tired and hungry and ready to relax. You go to unpack your luggage, only to realise that in your jet lagged state, you have forgotten the combination to your luggage lock! If this has happened to you before, then you will know how stressful it feels. However, there are a few things that you can try. Here are a couple of tips.

  • Bring Instructions with you –This one is definitely a good idea, especially if your luggage is new and you are not used to using it yet. When you are packing your hand luggage, make sure you bring with you the instructions for the suitcase itself. The majority of these types of locks will have a reset function that you can use if you have forgotten the combination. All you have to do then if you find yourself in this predicament is read through the instructions to see how you can reset the combination.
  • Check Online – If you have arrived at the place that you are staying, and you have forgotten the combination to your luggage lock, then you have probably found yourself in a bit of a panic. However, it is important to remember that thousands of people will have found themselves in the same position as you before. If you are able to access the internet from your destination, it is a good idea to check online to see if anyone else has encountered the same problem. More often than not, you will be able to find a solution to reset the combination to the lock on your luggage.
  • Write Down the Combination – You are probably thinking to yourself that hindsight is a wonderful thing and that this would have been a great idea before you actually left for your holiday. However, to avoid this happening again, it is generally a good idea to write down the combination to your luggage lock and take it with you. Keep it somewhere safe like an address book in your hand luggage, or even in a note on your phone. By doing this, you can make sure that you don’t get locked out of your suitcase.
  • Last Resort – If you have tried everything that you can possibly think of, in order to get into your suitcase once you have forgotten the combination to the lock, then there are some last resort measures that you can take. For example, you could cut your losses, cut the suitcase open and buy a new one for your return trip. Alternatively, you can see if anyone at the hotel can cut the lock on your suitcase and then simply buy a new one for your flight home.

The good thing is that most modern luggage options that come with combination locks are actually fairly easy to reset. They usually have a button somewhere on the lock that will allow you to do so, or a combination that you can enter to reset the entire locking system.

Many people think that this won’t happen to them, but it is important to remember that if you are tired and jet lagged from traveling from one country to another, your brain is not exactly going to be working as it should be.

By following the tips mentioned above, you should be able to reset the locking combination on your luggage fairly easily. If you are still struggling and you really don’t want to ruin your suitcase, then consider having a look on YouTube. More often than not, you will find a video from someone who has found themselves in a similar situation who has found a solution to the problem.

As a final point, never let something like this set the precedent to your holiday! It is so easy to do, and anyone who has used combination locking will have forgotten the combination at least once, that is something we can be sure of.

Douglass Connor

Douglass Connor

A seasoned traveller and frequent flyer, I love everything about travel. I have a weird obsession with luggage. Having worked at a large luggage store during my college years, I have picked up a lot of knowledge on them. It is for this reason, that I started!

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