A TRAVEL expert has revealed how you can use a pen to check if your luggage is safe from thieves – it takes just seconds.
Irish "wealth influencer" Sarah Adekola shared the genius hack on TikTok – and tested out her own designer suitcases.
Sarah used a pen to try and puncture the zips of different suitcases like a thief, plunging the biro with ease into the exposed zip of one DKNY case.
She said: "Never pick suitcases with zippers like this because people are literally stealing stuff with just a pen.
"They're taking their pen and they're pushing through the zip into your suitcase.
"If you have a padlock they'll just pull the zip over the hole and you would never know."
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Sarah, who has attracted 204,000 TikTok followers with her travel tips and side hustle ideas, recommended buying a zipless suitcase or one with an invisible zip.
Her favourite model was a £325 Monos case, which she said is "more affordable" than rival brands.
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The travel expert also advises holidaymakers to buy a hard-shelled waterproof case to stop their clothes getting soaked by the rain.
She added: "I always go for suitcases with dark colours – black, grey – rather than white because it's harder to see the stains.
"And I always go for suitcase brands which give me a lifetime warranty or at least a minimum of five years.
"Last but not least, I always go for suitcases with four wheels."
It comes after another travel expert revealed which suitcase brands most pilots and cabin crew use – and why it's the best.
A different expert revealed her genius hack which she says airlines don't want you to know about.
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