From charging your phone to GPS tracking, luggage has come a long way from simply toting your belongings about. Just like our heated smart coats, these fantastic pieces of smart luggage marry polished design with cutting-edge technology. FAA guidance now requires all smart luggage to have removable batteries, which all our recommendations do, so don’t leave for the airport without one of these super-chic pieces of smart luggage.
Arlo Skye’s founders are Louis Vuitton and Tumi alumni, so their stylish luggage credentials are a given. Equally utilitarian and elegant, their duo, The Set, includes their Carry-On and Check-In cases. The former is made from a robust aluminium-magnesium alloy, and the latter, a virgin Makrolon polycarbonate with aluminium trim. We love that neither will scratch! For lightning fast charging, the Carry-On features a dual-port charger that’ll juice your devices 5 times over. Both have whisper-quiet wheels and TSA approved combination locks; Arlo Skye’s cases are as functional as they are sophisticated.
Sleek, simple and seductively shiny, Raden’s A22 Carry On in Gloss White will be sure to turn heads as you roll it to the departure gate. Behind its discreet exterior lies a wealth of great tech which we adore; its ergonomic handles double up as scales to determine the weight, proximity sensors use Bluetooth to give you its whereabouts and the A22 Carry’s integrated 7,800mAh removable battery allows up to 4x full phone charges while two 2.1A USB ports enable dual device charging. Made from Makrolon Polycarbonate, Raden’s A22 Carry can withstand even the most nail-biting turbulence.
AWAY’s chic collection has an answer to all your smart luggage needs. The Carry-on and The Bigger Carry-are one-step ahead of the FAA and have easily removable batteries. Our favourite is The Medium checked case in an indestructible but lightweight polycarbonate shell. Its two compartments are cleverly designed; one for clothing and the other for hard objects like shoes and toiletries. There’s even a removable laundry bag too. For a speedy cruise through the airport, AWAY’s Medium glides on wheels from Hinomoto; the gold standard of luggage wheels.
Pioneers, BlueSmart are the brand that kick-started (literally, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign) the smart luggage revolution. Their sold-out Series 2 range has been a game-changer, with a wealth of fantastic functions like GPS global tracker, trip planning app, smart weight system and digital auto-locking. We can’t wait to see what they do next, which will no doubt include removable batteries, so the luggage will comply with FAA guidance.
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