Have you heard of smart luggage? I hadn’t until very recently, but it’s a ” thing” a mind-blowingly amazing thing. The future is here and people are buying it. Smart luggage is the latest buzz word for the tech aware traveller thirsting for the latest innovations. If you need you luggage to have built-in tracking, Wi-Fi hot spots, Bluetooth, GPS, Remote locking, Automatic built-in weighing, SIM cards, GPS, USB chargers and built-in batteries ( and who doesn’t!) Smart Luggage is for you! But, and it’s a big but, in 2018 airline crackdowns are making some luggage and backtracking devices obsolete. See these updates below.
If you spend a lot of time in airports you’ll know the value of a mobile power and wi-fi source, right by your side. The cases and bags that incorporate this can also have automated tracking and other future-forward features. If you don’t want to buy a smart case, you can just go for a tracking device to place in your existing luggage. If you wondered, as we did, luggage tracking systems are designed to shut down during flights and reanimate once the plane is safely at the terminal to stay security and in-flight regulation friendly. You’ll never lose a bag to an airline again with this tracking. Check out the latest wonders available here with these bags, suitcases and devices
2018 Bans and Restrictions on Smart Luggage and Bag Tracking Devices
You will need to read up on this before buying or attempting to fly with, devices such as these.
Business insider says airlines will start banning smart luggage in 2018. here.
Airlines banning smart luggage with lithium batteries January 14 th 2018. here.
IATA guidelines on Smart Luggage with lithium batteries (2017). here.
Bluesmart stops production and support in response to the ban. here.
So, as you can see this post was written in 2017 before these items were banned, you need to check your airline’s rules and your equipment’s specifications before buying or flying with these items.
Best Smart Luggage for 2018
Everything changed in 2018. The airlines clamped down and this post needs a serious overhaul. Bluesmart ceased trading, other products came into existence. But still, take a look below.
Trackimo GPS Trackers
We have had a million comments suggesting we add Trackimo GPS trackers to our selection. A very smart marketing campaign guys, well done. So here you go, they’re added. If you’d like to read why everyone wants to recommend these GPS trackers, go to the comments.
Bluesmart One – Smart Luggage
This case, the Bluesmart One, seems to have every smart luggage feature currently available. ( Bluesmart have announced their withdrawal from the market)
- GPS for bag tracking
- Remote Locking using your phone.
- Built in scale in the handle for easy weighing.
- Battery Charger with 2 USB ports, up to 6 phone charges.
- International Carry-on Size.
- Tough water-resistant polycarbonate exterior.
- check availability and full specifications here.
Lugloc Tracking Device
- Worldwide Tracking
- Integrates with your smartphone via its own app.
- Bluetooth equipped
- A Rechargeable Battery that lasts up to 15 days
- FAA, FCC and TSA approved
Trakdot Bag Tracker
- Worldwide tracking.
- Automatic luggage arrival notification.
- Integrates with your smartphone via its own free app for iOS and Android
- Track on the ground even inside trucks, cars, planes and hard suitcases.
- FCC certified, FAA compliant.
- Annual service fee.
- Includes batteries, SIM card and 2 year warranty
Trakdot Luggage Tracker, Flight Baggage Tracer, Anti-lost Palm-size Locator, Airline Trip Worldwide Travel Tracking Monitor Detector Finder, GSM Chip (Cell Towers), SMS Alert, iOS & Android Compatible
- Track anything or anyone.
- Compact, attaches to belt.
- Integrates with Google Maps to track online.
- Monthly fee, no commitment
- Automated text messages
Tylt Energy Backpack
The Tylt Energy Backpack is a charging station you wear on your back or carry as a briefcase. You can charge multiple devices at once, it has a waterproof shell and it’s TSA approved to fly through airports.
- 1,450 + cubic inches volume. Charging possible in multiple positions within.
- Dedicated tablet & laptop compartments.
- Easy Access headphone pocket .
- Easy Access drink bottle compartment.
- Comes with accessory bag .
- NFC with free App Built into the strap.
- No need to remove the laptop at the airport.
- Shoulder Strap contains an NFC Tag for contactless communication.
- Two 1Amp USB ports for phone charging
- One USB port for tablets charging
- Holds laptops up to 15.5in x 10.5in x 1.5in
- Smart good looks
Planet Traveller Smart Tech Case/ Luggage
- Worldwide Tracking.
- Polycarbonate outer
- Global Tracker app.
- Self Scale to check the weight of your luggage without lifting it.
- Said to have the World’s First Virtual Warranty. Claims are handled through the app.
- World Wide 5 Year Warranty and automated claims.
Barracuda Smart Collapsible Carry-on Luggage
- Collapsible, carry-on case for easy storage.
- Laptop tray.
- Drink holder.
- Built-in USB charger and battery pack for phone or tablet.
- Innovative 360 º handle design.
We hope you had as much fun looking at these toys as we did researching them and when somebody develops a 65L + ladies travel pack with batteries, USB ports, solar power, built in wi-fi, a mini-bar and tracking, I’ll be buying it and giving you a full review.
Back to our main Travel Gear page