We’ve come a long way since the days of drawstring duffle bags. Today’s carry-on luggage options are hip, uber functional, and designed with the modern traveler in mind. As the year comes to a close, be sure to put one (or all) of these innovative options on your holiday wish list.
- Smart technology
One of the most technologically advanced carry-on bags on the market, Bluesmart features a built-in battery that allows travelers to recharge mobile devices with ease; a mobile app that lets users remotely lock, track, and weigh their suitcase and even analyze their trip data; and a “proximity alert” that notifies users if they’ve become separated from their bag.
- Easy storage
The Delsey Solution Series is quite literally the solution for people who desire a wheeled suitcase but don’t have room to store a hard-shell suitcase at home. The spinner bag collapses to a quarter of its size for easy storage; return it to its traveling dimensions, and it boasts four wheels and a lightweight design that’s easy to maneuver through airports (or into the back of a closet).
- Double the storage capacity
Everybody knows that a suitcase never packs down as well the second time you try to load your belongings into it. Add in the souvenirs and other doodads that you’re likely to acquire during travel, and you may find yourself wanting a second bag for the trip home—and that’s where the Eagle Creek Travel Gear Tandem Warrior 22 comes in. The upper portion of the wheeled carry-on unzips to form a second, large bag that can be carried via side or top handle or shoulder strap. It’s perfect for returning from a trip to shopper-friendly Seoul, Milan, or Madrid
- Exceptional functionality
The G-RO has surpassed its Kickstarter fundraising goal by more than a million dollars, so it’s all but guaranteed to be on the market in August 2016. The carry-on promises to be lightweight, durable, and exceptionally portable thanks to its extra-large wheels. The bag will be large enough that folks can pack for a week in a carry-on, but maneuverable enough that business travelers can utilize it for a daily commute. Buyers can also choose an electronic module that boasts a battery capable of charging a phone, tablet, and laptop all at once, a universal power outlet for charging a laptop, and a location tracker and wireless proximity detector.
- An unjumbled backpack
Never fumble for your belongings again. The IVAR Personal Backpack boasts an internal “shelf system” consisting of three stacked internal dividers, which makes it easy to keep items organized. The system is especially great for passing through security, since you’ll know exactly where to reach for that laptop or bag of fluids. The bag even includes smaller pockets for holding keys, memory sticks, and the like.
- Built-in transportation
If you’re prone to arriving at the airport at the last minute, pick up a Micro Samsonite yesterday. The hardshell suitcase can also be used as a kickboard-style scooter—simply extend the handle and the tri-wheeled kickboard, and you’re off. Once you’ve reached your gate, the suitcase easily collapses back to its regular dimensions. It’s perfect for navigating large airports in cities like Atlanta and London. (Just be careful not to crash into anyone, and be aware that security might be a bit skeptical.)
- Biometric tech
The Planet Traveler SpaceCase 1 is hardly a space cadet. Instead, it’s a hardworking carry-on that boasts a biometric lock (it opens with a fingerprint), a Bluetooth speaker, a lithium power pack, and a built-in digital scale sensor that allows users to weigh the case without lifting a finger (Each of these digital features is controlled by a downloadable app). It’s hip, functional, and bound to impress.
- A garment bag (literally)
The SeV Carry-On Coat is no ordinary trench coat—instead, it contains 33 pockets that can haul everything from a water bottle, to a tablet, clothes, or even a pair of shoes. Anyone fashion-forward enough to try this on for size should be prepared for some odd looks from fellow travelers, but it beats paying to check a bag.
- A suitcase with a seat
Here’s the perfect antidote to all those long lines at security: A suitcase that can function as a seat. The Sit-On-It Carry All’s steel frame can support up to 350 pounds, so you’ll be able to rest your feet while waiting for planes, trains, or automobiles (And don’t worry—the wheels are specially designed so that the suitcase won’t ever roll away from underneath you). The spacious bag also features shock-proof outer pockets for storing tablets, smartphones, or other electronics.
When Bernard D. Sadow invented the wheeled suitcase 45 years ago, it’s unlikely he could have predicted the sheer range and ingenuity available in today’s luggage. If these inventions are any indication, then we ain’t seen nothing yet.
(This post was posted by Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on December 29th 2015.)