Whether your next trip is to discover a country you’ve never been to, or simply to spend a few days unwinding on a gorgeous beach, there is something to be said about the thrill of packing your bags and heading to a far off destination.
Unfortunately, before your plane touches down, you’ll probably spend a few hours — sometimes days — getting there. And this is when things can get a bit annoying.
Maybe you arrive at the airport and it turns out your carry-on weighs more than your airline allows, or your flight is delayed and your phone/laptop/tablet runs out of battery — and all the outlets at the gate are taken by other passengers. Or you miss your connecting flight and can’t stop thinking about whether or not your bag made it to your new aircraft.
This is where “smart luggage” comes in: Thanks to technology, you no longer have to endure even a second of luggage-related anxiety during any part of your trip. With built-in features like GPS locators, weight scales that prevent over-packing, USB ports to charge your devices, solar-powered batteries, and remote lock systems, smart luggage is a game-changer in the travel industry.
And you don’t have to sacrifice the look of your suitcase for its efficiency. Sleek design and durable materials make these backpacks and suitcases your stylish companion guaranteed to last for years to come.
Scroll down to see the smart luggage that will make your next trip so much easier.
The sleek design of this carry-on suitcase is only one of the many things you’ll love about it. The ergonomic handle doubles as a scale to determine its weight and the two external USB ports will make sure your phone never runs out of battery. And once you download the Raden app, you’ll also be able to track your bag via Bluetooth.
To buy: amazon.com, $295
Bluesmart Black Edition
After the huge success of their first smart suitcase, Bluesmart is back with a stylish Black Edition. The suitcase features location tracking, remote auto-locking, and a new smart weight sensing system that alerts for potential overweight baggage fees. The brand will also be introducing an entire luggage system — Series 2. It includes a carry-on, a checked bag, a laptop bag, and a passport pouch that are all connected through the company’s smartphone app. The elegant and business-friendly laptop bag comes with a removable charger. Even the passport pouch has Bluetooth tracking capabilities and is made from RFID-blocking material.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $599
Arlo Skye Carry-on
Arlo Skye has created the sleekest, most-perfect carry-on. It is lightweight and features a built-in charger, anti-microbial lining, shoe and laundry bags, and no outside zippers. Instead, you can open and close it with code-protected locks that will make sure no one but you can access your valuables.
To buy: arloskye.com, $550
The collapsible Barracuda solves a very annoying problem all of us have at airports—the lack of tables or any shelving to put a laptop on. It has a drop-down tray attached to its 360 degrees rotating handle and a two-cup holder. That’s of course in addition to the portable battery that allows for up to five phone charges, the scale, and the location tracker that will alert you once your bag is on the carousel.
To buy: ebags.com, $339
Trunkster has eliminated one of the main features of any suitcase, the zippers, and we love the updated look. You can access your belongings through a sliding roll-top door even if your suitcase is standing. Its smart features include two USB ports with a charging cable, a built-in digital scale, and location tracking.
To buy: trunkster.com, $295