How To Reset A Forgotten Combination Lock On Luggage?

Now, if you’re reading this, you’re probably not in the most ideal situation. Don’t tell me, you’re about to pack for your yearly holiday, and last year you thought it would be a good idea to change the passcode on your nifty little suitcase. So you’ve dusted it off, about to open it up, and well, it doesn’t open. What on earth did you change the passcode to?




We’ve all been in that situation. Sometimes its easily resolved, other times you’re definitely stuck. It would be a ideal world where we all wrote down the passcodes we need, or our brains were magically able to remember every password and passcode, but, unfortunately thats not how things work around here.

Its pretty easy to change the combination lock on a suitcase, as long as you have the master code, you know the current code, or if the lock is unlocked at the time you’ve forgotten it. All you need to do is reset the combination by simply:

  • Setting the dial to 000
  • Turn the dial to a 90 degree angle from locked position and push down
  • Set the new desired code
  • Pull the dial up and turn back to the lock position
  • Remember or write the new code down!!!


However, often times, life just isn’t that simple. Here are a few tips and tricks you could try out to get back into your suitcase!

With some companies like Samsonite and Tosca, the built in locks require you to call the company on their customer helpline, for the reset instructions. In this case they will talk you through how to reset the passcode, which is pretty ideal! Hopefully leaving with you with as little stress and worry as possible! As long as there isn’t a long line on the phone!

Another method that has been suggested by the TSA is to simply try every possible combination. So starting with 000 and ending with 999. Of course this method sounds like it could be long and tedious but apparently it can be done in as little as 30 minutes. Less is one of the numbers is already known, and if you’re lucky the first number being a 0,1 or 2 will cut your testing by some time! This is a pretty fail-proof method, and although it may take a long time, its sure to work, eventually!




This method has been tried and tested by some travellers and although it can be effective, every lock is different and sometimes it won’t work. But its worth a try, and you can always try the next method after! This method is actually the process of finding the lost combination.

  • Push the button or pull the lock, to put pressure on the locking mechanism.
  • To find the correct number, you need to turn the first dial slowly, until you hear a clear click.
  • Once the first one has clicked, leave it in place, and repeat the process with the other two dials.
  • When all three dials have clicked, this should be the right combination, and the lock should open!

Another method you can use which is pretty effective, and has worked on a few different brands I’ve seen, is a nifty little method where you look for the pre-set holes in the combination. I guess this makes it kind of a universal code, that each suitcase has pre-set, regardless of what you change the code to after. I have seen this work a few times, and is pretty easy and only takes a couple of minutes. For this method to work, you need to lay the suitcase down and look at it from above, so you can see the top of the dials. If you notice that when you spin the dials you can find a hole under one of the numbers, this method will work for you. Simply follow these simple steps:

  • Looking over the suitcase, twist the first dial until you find a hole.
  • Turn the second and third dial until you also find the numbers with the hole underneath.
  • Try and push the button or unlock the lock.
  • If it doesn’t open, simply change the digit one place. e.g. If you have 2,3,4, the next one would be 3,4,5.
  • Continue until the lock comes open!

So, with these steps, hopefully you’re back in to your luggage! Panic over! So, what to do now? Firstly, change the passcode to something you’re going to remember! And secondly, write it down or don’t forget it this time! But, even if you do, you can always check back to these nifty methods!

And I guess we didn’t discuss the old fashioned, brute force, method. Which if all else fails, you could try. Which would just be smashing or breaking the lock off. But this is really a last resort that hopefully you won’t need to use!

I also write these handy tips and tricks in the hope that you’re really stuck for a solution, and that these methods are used in an honest way, on your own luggage only! I’m not here to facilitate theft or snooping around!

Anyway, now you’re in, I hope the rest of your travels go smoothly, theres nothing worse than unexpected mishaps when you travel, and luggage problems are just the beginning!

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