My expandable luggage zipper was ripped off on a trip. The zipper is now permanently open, and I need to travel soon. How can I close it without the zipper pull? Are there any hacks to do this?

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    consider to add a photo to show the current state of the zipper at the closing mechanism, which will enable others to provide more useful and more specific suggestions.
    – fred_dot_u
    Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 8:46
  • Do you really mean "pull tag" (the small floppy handle), or do you mean the entire slider (the part that moves along the zipper)? Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 12:54
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    I have a fleece garment where the zip fob broke off a long time ago. To close the zip, I grasp the slider with a thumb inside and forefinger outside, and slide it up. To undo it, I gently part the zip with both hands and let the slider move down by itself. Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 15:58
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    If the slider is OK, just drill a tiny hole through the upright part of the slider, if there's enough room left. Put a thin nylon line or thin wire through to replace the tag. You can also buy replacement sliders, e.g., amazon.com/Zipper-Replacement-Slider/… Commented May 4, 2023 at 21:38
  • ...The problem in my case, was the loop on the slider broke, so with nowhere to attach, it wasn't possible to use a makeshift fob. Commented Feb 26 at 14:19

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slide a paperclip through the hole, where the original item was attached.

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