When you're bustling through airports, train stations or anywhere else with your luggage, it helps to have a hand free to juggle tickets and lattes. If you're traveling with a large suitcase, a rolling carry-on and additional bags, it's also a tall order. One solution is to hook the various pieces of luggage together. To do this, you can use a long luggage strap or a specialized hooked strap. These solutions work quite well if you have a large rolling suitcase to serve as the anchor for the rest of your bags.

Luggage Strap

Pack your large rolling suitcase -- or whatever piece of luggage is largest -- with the majority of the weight on the bottom. This will keep your strapped-together luggage combination from becoming too top-heavy.

Stand your large rolling suitcase upright, with the handle pulled out.

Hold onto the handle of the suitcase, while at the same time lifting your second-largest piece of luggage, such as a rolling carry-on, to the top of the larger suitcase. Lean the smaller suitcase against the pulled-out handle of the larger suitcase.

Place an extra-long luggage strap under the large suitcase and pull it up, so that the buckle end is positioned midway up the front of the large suitcase.

Pull the opposite end of the strap over the back of the large and smaller suitcases, and then let it hang over the fronts of the two suitcases.

Thread the strap through the buckle according to the particular design of the buckle and pull it tight, though not so tight that the upper or lower suitcase becomes bowed.

Add-On Strap

Pack your largest piece of luggage with the majority of the weight on the bottom. This will keep your strapped luggage combination from becoming too top-heavy.

Place your large suitcase so it's standing upright.

Open the add-on strap buckle and secure it to the top handle of your heaviest suitcase, with the attached hook facing out.

Place the top handle of the smaller bag onto the bag hook.

Things You Will Need
  • Luggage strap

  • Add-on strap


If you have a third piece of luggage, such as another small carry-on, you can place it on top of the second-largest piece of luggage before securing the luggage strap.