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Zipper Repair Travel Tip

2009-06-15 03:57:18

Zipper Repair Travel Tip
Is your zipper jumping off track, here is a solution

This may be the most important travel tip I have ever written, there is nothing more important than a zipper to a backpacker. When the zipper on your backpack breaks, you are screwed.

Or at least I thought I was…

Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Monday, June 15, 2009


The two sides of the slider of a zipper can widen, when this happens it allow the zipper to jump off track. If you carefully squeeze it back together a little it will force the zipper to align properly again.

I have a special Computer / Camera bag, the zipper was jumping track and I was truly worried. I was in Isiolo, Kenya, up to my ears in travel and it was no time to have a broken day bag. I found a shoe repairperson in the market and was hoping the person could replace the zipper. There was another huge problem, there were no long zippers to be found in the city, I was going to have to purchase another backpack, cut the zipper out of it and use it to replace the zipper.

The man who did the repairs in Isiolo, Kenya was gone, only an assistant woman was there. I told her I would return later. As I was walking down the road past the Mosque, she comes running after me. She says,
“Come, I remember how he fixes zippers.”

She squeezed the two sides of the slider together and I was back in the safety zone.

I was skeptical this would work, however it has held now for about three months. This small process of squeezing the sides of the zipper pull has allowed me to continue to use my Computer / Camera bag.

I was excited about this Travel Tip, however, I have learned my lesson, make sure a good idea last before I open my mouth. Since Kenya, I have visited Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania and then flew from Kenya to Thailand; this was truly a welcome lesson to learn.

Zipper Repair Travel Tip