It seems like most of our belongings are becoming ‘smart’ — smart TVs, smartphones, smart cars. The luggage industry is catching on, and now you can even treat yourself to smart luggage! Click here for Smart Luggage
Now, there’s luggage to help fix some of the most annoying travel problems. So you can have a safe trip. Are you an over-packer whose bag is always overweight? There’s a bag with a built-in scale. Did you touch down with a dying cellphone, with no outlets to be found? Try a bag with charging capabilities.
Good: Raden A22
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Check out ten of our top picks for smart luggage below.
Bluesmart started out on Indiegogo and has really taken off since then.
The carry-on bag has a built-in scale that lets you know how much your luggage weighs without having to maneuver it onto a scale.
It’ll even let you know if it’s overweight based on the airline you’re flying.
If you download the companion app, you can control the TSA-lock that comes with the bag.
It comes with a proximity feature, so you can unlock your bag as it comes towards you.
Plus, it will charge your phone and has GPS — so even if the airline loses your bag, you’ll know exactly where to find it.
Don’t let the normal exterior fool you — the Raden A22 has a lot of cool hidden features. Similarly to the Bluesmart, you can track your bag with Bluetooth and weigh it via a handle that doubles as a scale. Just lift it, and you’ll know how much your bag weighs.
As an added bonus, you won’t have to worry about your luggage being ruined in the rain when you’re stuck traveling in bad weather. The Raden has a waterproof zipper as extra protection from the elements.
How often have you been rolling luggage, come to a flight of stairs, and just felt your heart sink?
With TraxPack, that’s not a problem. With its new track system, your luggage will easily roll up stairs, instead of awkwardly bumping up every step.
Since the last major innovation was wheels that rolled in every direction, it’s about time someone tackled the stairs issue. It even has extra strong zippers to make sure everything stays where it is.
Everything is motorized now, so why shouldn’t your bag be, too?
If you’re tired after a long day of travel, you don’t have to walk to or from your gate anymore. If you have the Modobag, your bag becomes a scooter that will get you from Point A to Point B.
With a built-in seat and footrests, you can navigate the airport without actually walking. (And yes, it has brakes so you don’t hit other travelers.)
One potential downside is that the bag weighs 10 pounds before you pack it with anything. But if you pack lightly, this might not be a problem for you.
The Trunkster has one of the more radical redesigns of the smart luggage on this list. While its competitors were focusing on interior design features, the Trunkster got rid of zippers altogether.
Instead, it has a roll-top opening for easy access to your belongings.
It has the smart capabilities you’d come to expect, as well. One added bonus? Its charging bank is removable, so you can take it out and bring it with you wherever you go — even if you don’t want to bring the whole bag.
For those of us who work while traveling — whether on a travel blog or an email to a client — working on a laptop can be one of the most frustrating parts of being in an airport. Finding a place to charge is next to impossible. And even if you do snag a seat near an outlet, it’s probably not near a table top to type.
If this really irritates you, consider the Barracuda, which comes with a drop-down tray and a two-cup holder. Plus, the location services will let you know as soon as your smart luggage is ready for you on the carousel.
Being able to charge your phone and laptop is great, but if even if you have fully charged gadgets, there still might be another problem facing you. What do you do if you’re not around free WiFi?
Enter the Andiamo IQ, which comes with its own WiFi hotspot. Never go without Internet, and never be forced to pay for every fifteen minutes you spend online.
The bag also has a remote luggage lock/unlock feature (which is accessible through the app) and will text you when your bag moves away from or comes towards you.
Before you even get to your gate, you have to bypass one of the longest and most irritating lines in the airport — check in.
However, the Rimowa smart luggage has a feature designed to make that easier for you.
Instead of the paper labels many airport use to keep track of luggage, a Rimowa bag will display all of the relevant information on a built-in digital display. They’re still in the process of onboarding airlines, but this is a major development.
If you travel light on your way to vacation, but return home with an overload of souvenirs, it can be hard to pack. You don’t want to use a bag that will end up being too big, but you also don’t want to run the risk of not having enough space.
The Fugu can be either a carry-on or checked baggage, depending on how far you expand it. The bag will inflate with a built-in pump, allowing you to bring back all you want from a vacation.
The last bag on our list is Delsey’s Pluggage. Like so many other items on our list, it has a compatible app that goes with it.
It has features that set it apart, though, such as fingerprint ID that ensures you’re the only one with access to your bag. It can also detect when it’s on an aircraft, has an inside speaker, and lighting systems.
Ready to take your new smart luggage on a trip?
Let us help you out with carry-on luggage (Carry on Luggage Packing Hacks). And don’t forget a universal travel adapter and some luggage tags. Don’t leave without our step-by-step guide to prepare for travel anywhere around the world.