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Travel and secure your valuables

Submitted by on 21/02/2012 – 12:27 pmNo Comment
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As a regular traveler, I am always worrying about how I can protect my valuable possessions during a long journey.  In the past, I have damaged numerous valuables and pieces of equipment that I have packed in my luggage containers due to not having the right kind of protective casing.

A holiday can easily be ruined after opening your backpack or suitcase and finding your expensive electronic equipment has been dented or chipped during the flight. I remember vividly, the time I opened up my suitcase and found my new iPod speakers chipped and dented after I had painstakingly spent nearly 20 minutes wrapping them up in bubble wrap. During the course of the flight, the bubble wrap had come undone and the speakers had become damaged. From that day onwards, I made sure that I would protect all of my belongings from damage whenever I traveled. But protective casing can be very expensive and as the country is slowly coming out of a global recession there are many cheaper alternatives one can turn to when protecting their possessions during traveling.  I don’t mean a towel or bubble wrap but foam.
Packaging foam provides great protection and as a material is incredibly resilient, proving amazing value for money. You can buy the foam material online and then create the casing yourself. Below are easy steps you can take to make your very own traveling foam containers.


Things You’ll Need:

1. Buy acoustic foam. You can find this online.. Purchase an adequate amount to fill the case all the way to the top.

2. Place the item you aim to create additions for on top of your foam and sketch its outline on the foam with a felt tip pen. Cut out the shape on to the fabric, keeping close to the lines.

3. Use the cut out piece as a pattern, next cut out enough segments of foam. Make sure the edges of your pieces are as straight as possible.

4. Next spread out your valuables, or electrical equipment that will be traveling inside the suitcase on your chosen segment of foam. Shape each piece so that about an inch of material divides each piece and use the pen to pencil outlines on top of the fabric.

5. Snip out the pieces with scissors.

6. Put a dense foam shape at the base of your luggage compartment. Rest the freshly snipped addition on top and put your valuables in position. Hopefully, your equipment or valuables will look secure under the surface of your snipped out fabric pieces.

7. Next,  using glue, secure the cut out fabric parts together to form a foam brick. Stick the foam brick shape to the bottom part with the glue. Leave to dry for an hour and voila! You have your very own traveling foam containers

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Blanche has written 758 articles. +Aaron Bradford is the leader, mentor and chief geek of HappyTimeblog. He put together the crack team of writers known by codename “The Firm“. He's a permanent traveller and a lifestyle hacker. Wanna know more? Check out my Bucket List or my About page... I'm here to show you how to live a Life Less Ordinary

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