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Best Smart Luggage and Bag Tracking Devices

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

Best smart luggage and tracking devices for tech savvy travel

2019 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.

Lithium Batteries in Baggage FAA March 2019 release. 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.

Since this post was written the rules have no been brought into effect. You can still purchase smart luggage but it is mainly limited to carry on or small trackers you can put in a normal suitcase.

Best Smart Luggage for 2019

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

Update: This Bluesmart One bag is now not available to purchase. This may change in the future.

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.
  • TSA-Approved.
  • Tough water-resistant polycarbonate exterior.

SwiftFinder Smart Luggage Tag

  • Worldwide Tracking
  • Integrates with your smartphone via its own app.
  • Bluetooth equipped
  • 4 year battery life
  • FAA, FCC and TSA approved

SwiftFinder Smart Luggage Tags

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Luggage Tracker Device with App

  • 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.
  • Share location with friends and family
  • Up to 5 year battery life

 Luggage Tracker, Flight Baggage Tracer, Anti-lost Palm-size Locator, Airline Trip Worldwide Travel Tracking Monitor Detector Finder, iOS & Android Compatible

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Spytech Tracker

  • Track anything or anyone. 
  • Compact, attaches to belt.
  • Integrates with Google Maps to track online.
  • Monthly fee, no commitment
  • Automated text messages


Spy Tec STI_GL300 Mini Portable Real Time GPS Tracker

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Tylt Energy Backpack

UPDATE: This bag has now been discontinued. We’re not sure if it will return.

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

UPDATE: This bag has now been discontinued. We’re not sure if it will return.

  • 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

UPDATE: This bag has now been discontinued. We’re not sure if it will return.

  • 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.

Samsonite Underseat Spinner II with USB Port

  • Fits under plane seats (unpacked exterior dimensions = 16.5″ x 13.75″ x 9″)
  • Multi spinning wheels allow for 360 rolling in multiple directions for easy mobility
  • USB socket lets you charge electronics on the go (batteries not included)
  •  Exterior pockets for easy access of smaller items

Samsonite Underseat Spinner II with USB Port

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REYLEO Hardside Spinner Luggage 20 Inch Carry On Suitcase

  • Two USB Charging Ports with two external USB charging port outside and built in charging cable inside. Due to FAA regulations you’ll need to supply a battery pack that is removable.
  • 3-year Warranty & Built-in TSA Lock. 
  • 20Inch & Sturdier & Lightweight. Made of lightweight ABS material scratch-resistant and waterproof, 150D-polyester interior.
  • Item Size: 13.8 x 8.1 x 21.3in(L x W x H); Item Weight: 5.5 Pounds
  • Multi-directional 8-wheel silent spinner carry on luggage can rotate 360 degree 
  • Adjustable 3-level sturdier aluminum telescoping handle allows you to quickly maneuver in tight spaces

REYLEO Hardside Spinner Luggage

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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.

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Paul

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

It's not surprising that there are smart luggages now, cool and trendy. Have anyone tried those or is it still better to use the conventional luggage and just invest in a dependable GPS tracker?

Conal H.

Thursday 10th of May 2018

I'd prefer to use a GPS tracker because it can be easily detached from the luggage if ever you're using another one for your travel. No hassle at all.

Theia Fischer

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

I'd prefer a tracking device so i could use them in so many ways. Do those tracking devices mention above have a subscription?

Jordan Clinton

Friday 20th of April 2018

lots to choose from and would love to have that bluesmart one. are there more trackers around there other than cited here? :)

Dylan J.

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

You should try Trackimo! Works worldwide with its 3G GPS- GSM technology. Exact tracking and app is very convenient to use.

Tiffany

Friday 20th of April 2018

Cool that smart luggages are now available but I'd prefer the conventional luggage still. Getting a gps tracker works better for me, thanks for this list!

Dylan Wampler

Thursday 26th of April 2018

I agree! Even though it is amazing, i find it convenient that I could reuse the gps tracker onto other things I wanted to attach it with

Shirley B.

Friday 6th of April 2018

Great that this technology is now available in the market, it will lessen the worries of travelers losing their luggage. I should get one of these. Reviews or recommendations anyone?

Nicole B.

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

What I'm using is not on this list but works really good. I have the 3g Trackimo universal tracker, works worldwide and the app is easy to use. I can set up alerts, it also comes with accessories like velcro and lanyard which is what I'm using. The first year subscription is also free, a good investment to keep an eye on important things I must say.

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