Luggage

  • ​If you're much of a world traveller, then you've probably experienced it – a several-hour airport layover during which you'd like to get some sleep, but without going off to a hotel. That's where the Trollaby is intended to come in, as it serves as a sort of bag-connected airport-floor tent.
  • No-one likes to queue at airport check-in lines, it eats into your holiday time, and can be both boring and tiring. Now British Airways has signed up for ViewTags, reusable electronic baggage tags that can be attached to luggage before holiday-makers get to the airport.
  • For every truly groundbreaking concept there are a hundred others that should have stayed as smudges on a whiteboard. Since the flow of bad ideas never seems to end, New Atlas once again picks through the cream of the crap to highlight some more of the worst Kickstarters we’ve seen recently.
  • ​If you're going on a family road trip, everyone's luggage will no doubt take up a lot of space inside the car. That's why Lugga (pronounced "looga") was created. It's a system that incorporates aerodynamic hardshell suitcases, which lock onto a custom roof rack while in transit.
  • When you ship something, you typically put bubble wrap or newspaper around it, to provide impact protection and to keep it from rattling around inside the box. Well, PaQ is a self-inflating gadget that does the same thing for the precious contents of your suitcase.
  • ​If you travel a lot, it's possible that you may get tired of dragging your suitcase around. Wouldn't things be easier if it could just follow along beside you? Well, according to Beijing-based startup ForwardX Robotics, that's just what its motorized Ovis suitcase is able to do.
  • After finding crowdfunding success with its Influx suitcase that expands from carry-on to check-in size suitcase using an inbuilt electric pump, Fugu is back with the Rollux, which achieves the same space-expanding feat without requiring a pump and with a more traditional baggage look.
  • ​We've looked at a number of self-healing materials over the last few years, but are these wonder products ready to leave the lab for the great outdoors? Gear company Slughaus thinks their time has come, and is running crowdfunding campaign for a clever carry bag claimed to patch up its own wounds.
  • ​You can get a lot of work done, stuck in an airport between flights. Doing so can be awkward, however, if your laptop is sitting on your knees. That's why the Smartoo was created. It attaches to your suitcase's telescoping handle, turning it into a computer stand.
  • ​Shopping for frequent flyers can be difficult: Due to sheer necessity, they likely already have everything they need to navigate the inherent challenges of air travel. Here’s a selection of innovative gifts and gadgets that should surprise and please even the most well-equipped of travelers.
  • Permanent bag tags could soon reduce airport check-in times to nil and one company is hoping its permanent luggage tag will be the only one that travelers will ever need.​
  • Traveling alone can be very stressful. But adding children and all the luggage they need to that mix can be enough to send parents insane. The team at Born to Fly Baby is trying to make it a bit easier to travel with young kids by bundling a stowable stroller into a piece of carry-on luggage.