Extra door protection for on the road – travel lock for $8
Do you like to travel, stay in different accommodations or just want a little extra protection in your everyday life? Then this travel lock might be a simple and easy option for you.
- Travel Lock (one opening)
- at Amazon.com for $7.99 (2 pieces) | AliExpress for $7.10/￡5.85/5,83€
- Travel lock (two openings)
I found this type of travel lock in two variants. The simple version has only one opening for the door locks, which is 2 x 2 cm. The travel lock itself is divided into two parts, a metal piece which is clamped into the door, which is 5.8 x 13.6 cm. The black or red part of the travel lock to insert is 5.8 x 11 cm.
In the other variant, the whole thing looks pretty similar, except that there are two different sized openings in the metal piece. These are once 2 x 2 cm and 3 x 2 cm.
The problem is that it is not really obvious on which doors this travel lock can reliably hold. In general, I could see from the reviews that German doors are probably not suitable for this lock, but on trips, for example to the US, Canada and UK, there should be more suitable doors.
Only inward-opening doors on hinges can be considered as suitable doors, not double or sliding doors or rolling doors. There must also be a gap of at least 3 mm between the door and the frame so that the metal piece can be inserted there.
Use of the travel lock
The travel lock is basically intended for a simple extra protection on doors. To do this, you push the metal piece into the frame, if that fits, close the door and then hook the red or black hook from the outside. This should make it impossible to break open doors. Here in the video you can see the whole thing again beautiful:
And that’s why you have to see which doors have a latch and lock that fit together with the travel lock. At home, the latch alone is 3 x 2 cm, so could be scarce with the double variant.
Small and handy for on the road
The travel lock is definitely something for people who travel a lot, are in different hotels, hostels, hostels and B&Bs and often feel uncomfortable with the locking capacity of some doors. I would probably always go for the double version of the travel lock for this; are just more options. For more smart things to travel with check out our site in general.
The travel lock is small and handy enough to be easily carried in your luggage, and it doesn’t cost the earth that you’d have to fret hard if the door doesn’t fit. I’ve never held such a travel lock in my hands and don’t know how practical they really are. But I’ve been in situations where I wish I had one of these. Have you had any experiences with travel locks?To the gadget