Should You Wrap Your Luggage?

Jul 7, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Airports bring out some of the best people-watching opportunities and expose some peculiar travel habits worth exploring. Whether you frequent airports or not, you’ve definitely seen travelers wheeling around their tightly plastic-wrapped suitcases, for whatever reason. And, if you’ve ever wondered why people do this, you’re not alone — we have, too.

So we asked readers in our TPG Lounge if anyone utilizes the airport wrapping services or uses a reusable fabric, and why. Among the people who chimed in, many were kind of baffled by the whole idea. Others saw it as a useful safety precaution, or necessary when their bag might burst at the seams.

“I never do it, looks tacky and honestly there isn’t much use to it.” – Yuri S

“Ended up shopping a little more than I thought in Delhi and had to get it wrapped bc I was afraid my bag was going to burst! At least this way the contents would stay within. Usually I don’t though.” – Priti P

“I recently had to wrap my hiking-style backpack in Madrid because the zipper on my carrying back had broke. Held it all together and kept the straps from being loose. Worth every penny.” – Anna P

“I don’t bother with wrapping because I don’t check anything besides clothing, and none of my clothes are super high end like $5,000 suits or Louboutin shoes that are $3,000. I put a simple TSA approved lock on the bag, and that is it.” – Matthew S

One baggage protection service, Secure Wrap, describes its wrapping service necessary to “help ensure all passengers’ peace of mind during their travel.” You can find Secure Wrap all around the world, including JFK International Airport. The service could be useful if you’re worried about theft, damage, or possibly finding unwanted items in your suitcase.

If you do wrap your luggage, though, it might be worth checking out reusable fabric wraps, or a company that uses recyclable material. It’s a win for the environment and you’ll never be wondering if that’s your suitcase coming down the baggage carousel.

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.