The airport: it’s the point of embarkation for both our dreams and our nightmares. For every perfectly seamless trip, there are twice as many travel hiccups—from late flights to lost luggage to dead batteries and beyond. If you travel frequently for business, you know that any one of these minor hassles can lead to a major dip in productivity. But fear not: we’ve rounded up five problem solving products that use technological innovation to keep your next trip on track…check ‘em out before you take off!
1. Bluesmart 22″ Smart Carry-On Spinner
Ironically, it’s the harried folks working their way up the corporate ladder—not the starched-shirt types who’ve already reached the top—who could really use a personal assistant. But until we all reach corner-office status, there’s the Bluesmart 22” Smart Carry-On Spinner to get us through the day. This sleek, durable, app-enabled roller won’t book your flight or make sure you get the aisle, but it WILL weigh itself, charge your phone up to six times, lock/unlock via smartphone and help you track it down if it gets lost.
2. HButler The Mighty Purse Wristlet
For trips that require evenings out—or even when you’re out and about at home—you’ll need something a bit lighter than your laptop tote. Enter the HButler Mighty Purse Wristlet: This kicky little clutch will charge your phone twice AND score you double style points in gray calfskin with on-point ditsy dots. With two credit card slots, a zippered coin compartment, and main cargo pocket. It works with all micro-USB smartphones including iPhones and comes with an iPhone 5/6 adapter.
3. Tile Item Finder (4 pack)
For anyone who’s ever scoured the house looking for something that was in a pocket or purse—and let’s face it, that’s all of us—The Tile Item Finder is a solid square inch of miracle. These tiny Bluetooth trackers can be attached to anything you carry around on a regular basis, from your keys to your laptop or camera case. Once an item is linked to the smartphone app, you can track it down with just a few taps.
Better still: the app works in reverse, too, so if you lose the phone that’s associated with your Tile, simply press the Tile to make your phone ring. Genius!
4. 1Voice The Mapmaker Backpack FYL Collection (cream)
You don’t have to be a bearded hipster or a bike messenger to want a cool-looking laptop pack. And TBH, we don’t think you should have to sacrifice modern, tech-friendly features simply because you want a pack that makes you look like 007 on holiday in St. Moritz, Circa 1962. Luckily, on-trend brand 1Voice agrees—and the Mapmaker is that pack. This rugged, vintage-y cotton rucksack combines a flap-top closure, contrast straps and metal hardware with a built-in 11,000mAh lithium-ion battery that can charge your smartphone 4–7 times, depending on the model.
5. Baubax Blazer
You’ve got a 5AM commuter flight > working lunch > client dinner > red-eye home…and you’ve got to look polished and professional for every minute of it. This is precisely the situation in which the incredible Baubax Blazer thrives. With the classic design of a dinner jacket and sporty features like a detachable hood, this multitasking wardrobe hero is literally the Swiss Army Knife of jackets! Its trim silhouette somehow contains a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, tablet and drink pockets, and a host of other amazing travel tricks. Be sure to watch the full video!
Want more tech-y goodness for your next trip? Check out our full Innovation Destination product lineup for additional great ideas.
While pursuing her graduate degree in Creative Writing at CU Boulder, Staci took a part-time job crafting trip itineraries for an extreme travel company—and so embarked upon an adventure that continues to this day. In the ensuing two decades, her passion for journey and destination alike took her everywhere from the Far East (backpacking in Cambodia) to the Wild West (wrangling horses in Colorado). Work and family permitting, Staci is devoted to her ongoing quest to find the perfect taco and the perfect point break. Fair warning: if she finds them in the same place, she’s probably not coming back.