Travel expert shows how thieves can break into your suitcase with a PEN 


If you’re worried about people stealing the contents of your luggage when you travel, you need not worry any more.

A travel expert has shared her tips on how you can stop thieves from getting into your bags.

Sarah Adekola, a TikTok user who goes by @millennialwealthsarah on the social media site, posted a video explaining how she protects her items when she goes on holiday.

She demonstrated how it is possible that a thief may break into a suitcase using just a pen – and urged followers to think twice about the sort of luggage they purchase.

In sharing her recommendations, the video has garnered over 180,000 views on the site, wuth users praising Ms Adekola for her ‘good information’.

Sarah Adekola, a TikTok user who goes by @millennialwealthsarah on the social media site posted a video explaining to her followers how they can protect their items when they go on holiday

She demonstrated how it is possible that a thief may break into a suitcase using just a pen

Sarah Adekola, a TikTok user who goes by @millennialwealthsarah on the social media site posted a video explaining to her followers how they can protect their items when they go on holiday

She used her platform to urge her followers to think twice about which sort of luggage they purchase

She used her platform to urge her followers to think twice about which sort of luggage they purchase

Following these simple rules when choosing your holiday luggage will mean that your items are safe and will give you a peace of mind.

In the TikTok video, Ms Adekola illustrates just how easy it is for a thief to get into a locked suitcase using just a pen that is forced in between the zipper. 

After prodding a pen through, the TikToker shows just how easily the zip of the suitcase comes apart, giving the thief easy access to all your belongings.

She says: ‘First never pick suitcases with zippers like this because people are literally stealing your stuff with just a pen.

‘Basically what people are doing is they’re taking their pen and they are literally just pushing in between there.’

She pierces a pen right by the handle as she continues to say: ‘And they’re getting into your suitcase.

‘Then what they do is when you have a padlock they are going to go over it [the hole] and you would never know.’

Ms Adekola then proceeds to pick up a different suitcase with a concealed zip.

And the travel expert also recommends going for darker coloured suitcases such as grey and black, because it is 'harder to see the stains,' as opposed to lighter ones

She says that it is best to spend your money on one suitcases made form harder shell-like material, as opposed to softer or cotton ones

The TikToker says that it is best to spend your money on one suitcases made form harder shell-like material, as opposed to softer or cotton ones

She also says that when buying new luggage, 'always go for a suitcase that is on wheels as it is much easier to move'

She also says that when buying new luggage, ‘always go for a suitcase that is on wheels as it is much easier to move’

She explains that these are better when traveling as she says: ‘For suitcases with zippers like this that are somewhat invisible it is much harder to actually puncture into it.’

However, the travel expert said that there are even better suitcases out on the market, as she explains: ‘You can go for suitcases without any zippers.’

In advising travelers which baggage to purchase, she brings up a picture of a suitcase with aluminum frame and buckles on the side, adding that these are ‘way more affordable’ thank some more up-market brands such as Tumi or Rimowa.

She adds that it is important to note ‘you really don’t need an expensive suitcase, just one that no zippers or invisible zippers.’

In advising travelers what else they need to look out for when buying luggage, Ms Adekola explained that the material one is made from is always important.

She says that it is best to spend your money on one that is made form harder shell-like material, as opposed to softer or cotton ones.

This is because, she says that harder shell ones are ‘waterproof and your that means your clothes aren’t going to get damaged.’

In sharing her recommendations, the video has garnered over 180,000 views on the site, as users have praised Ms Adekola for giving them 'good information'

In sharing her recommendations, the video has garnered over 180,000 views on the site, as users have praised Ms Adekola for giving them ‘good information’

And the travel expert also recommends going for darker colours such as grey and black, because it is ‘harder to see the stains,’ as opposed to lighter ones. 

Another tip Ms Adekola gave was: ‘I would also go for suitcase brands that give me a lifetime warranty or at least five years.’ 

She also says that when buying new luggage, ‘always go for a suitcase that is on wheels as it is much easier to move.’

And social media users have praised the expert for her in depth explanation, as many TikTokers said that her advice is ‘so helpful’. 

One user commented: ‘Finally tips I didn’t know. Thanks.!also I’d invest in great product since I travel a lot.’

And another person said: ‘I’ve learnt so much about suitcases wow.’

And a third put: ‘nice to know these things before I plan to travel or before I get the budget.’

While one TikToker wrote: ‘I’ve had expensive professional makeup stolen from my luggage. I don’t always want to carry my makeup in my carry on so thank you for these tips.’ 



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