We have all been in boarding queues trying to push our suitcase forward but the handle just won’t budge! And people can start staring and getting annoyed at you for holding up the line because your dear bag decided to act up. It’s probably one of the most embarrassing airport moments for anyone.

But it happens with everyone so let’s just get it out of the way first. No need to be embarrassed, if anything relish the moment. Why? Well because your bag is basically telling you that you travel way too much and it’s taking a toll on it. It’s like you’re telling people you’re a frequent traveler without actually having to say the words.

That’s one way of looking at it.

Jokes aside, it is supremely annoying to get stuck with a stuck handle when traveling. However, you don’t need to jump the gun and immediately start looking up places to get the handle replaced. You can fix such a handle yourself by following just a few simple steps. Fixing suitcase handles isn’t too complicated, it’s quite simple actually.

How can you lubricate and fix luggage handles

Things you’ll need.


  • Pick up the screwdriver and unscrew all the screws on the handle you wish to fix. Make sure you remove the screws at the top first then go on to the bottom ones.
  • Once the screws come out, pull out the handle and give it a water bath. Lather it up with a generous amount of soap and then rinse it off. Use a clean cloth to dry the handle.
  • When you’re completely sure that the handle is dry, bring out the magic potion that’s going to make the handle good as new. And that is the oiling agent. You can use any kind of oil, as long as it’s oil.
  • You can use canola oil, vegetable oil, or even extra virgin olive oil if you think your travel partner is health conscious. Apply whichever oil you have chosen on the handle, but don’t drench it in oil. Start with a little quantity and gradually increase it.
  • Then put the handle back in its place and try to move it. If it is easily moving up and down without getting stuck then it’s time to put the screws back on. But if you feel like things can get smoother then apply some more oil. Once you’re satisfied with the movement of the handle, screw it up again in place.
  • Be sure to first screw in the screws at the bottom of the shaft and then move on to the ones at the top.

And just like that, you’ll have a glitch-free fully functional handle. You have learnt how to lubricate and fix luggage handles like a pro!