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Best Smart Luggage 2022: Clever suitcases with extra features

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ith R&D teams optimizing the travel experience at every turn with the launch of impressive smart travel gadgets, a new kind of luggage has emerged that can do much more than just carry your clothes.

From frequent business trips to short vacations, we’ve got the details on some of the most exciting smart luggage available today.

What does smart luggage actually mean?

Many features that define these newly developed products include power banks that charge your electronic devices, electronic luggage tags, GPS tracking and TSA approved locks.

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is a US agency with strict policies dictating that every suitcase can be opened and searched for security purposes, including the forced opening of non-compliant locks. So if you’re traveling to the US and want to secure your luggage, you’ll need an update for your lock. However, due to the tech-driven approach of smart luggage, companies are now making TSA-compatible locks that can be opened with a special TSA master key. Some particularly smart locks have a feature that causes a small light on the lock to glow red to indicate that a pass key has been used.

That being said, regulations have been put in place for these new forms of luggage, based in part on the lithium battery found in many. Smart baggage with non-removable batteries is prohibited and you cannot check baggage containing these lithium batteries.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best smart luggage brands that comply with these regulations, making for more efficient and very smart travel.

The hand luggage

The Away suitcases have everything you could wish for in a suitcase. A lightweight, unbreakable polycarbonate outer shell? Check. An internal compaction system for overpackers? Check. A detachable laundry bag? Yep… and those features are just the icing on the cake.

The brand’s cases also feature 360-degree wheels, an integrated USB with removable 37-watt lithium-ion battery under the handle, a TSA-approved combination lock, and come in a wide range of colors including red, green, pink and white to make them easily identifiable. If you’re looking for a slightly larger suitcase then check out the Bigger Carry-On, which offers more space yet still fits in most airline overhead bins.

Airwheel SE3 Mini 20 Inch Smart Riding Suitcase

Amazon

Take your new suitcase for a literal spin with this motorized suitcase. With a speed of up to six km/h, you will never be late for your plane again. The size meets carry-on requirements and the removable power bank makes it TSA compliant for hassle-free check-in. As the picture shows, this suitcase is made of solid material and the wheels are high quality and anti-puncture.

XD Design Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack

Amazon

Struggling to understand all the new carry-on baggage restrictions on certain airlines? Rest assured that this XD Design backpack will fit comfortably under your seat and give you plenty of room to pack your clothes and other essentials. The best part? It has hidden zips and pockets and is cut resistant thanks to the extra layers of protection on the front of the bag – ideal for trips to foreign countries or when traveling home.

It has a capacity of 11L and has compartments for a laptop and a tablet, so you don’t have to decide which electronic device to take with you on holiday. Impressively, the USB port is connected to a power bank inside, meaning you’ll never run out of battery on your way back to the hotel. It is available in three bright colors.

Wrangler Smart luggage set with cup holder and USB port

Amazon

This hard shell travel case is smart inside and out. As well as a USB port to charge your electronics, there’s also a 3-in-1 cup holder that doubles as a phone holder and is located on the back so there’s no more spilling coffee when heading to the gate on the other side run The airport. It is available in three colors and different sizes.

The hand luggage pro

Carl Friedrich

Luxury leather travel brand Carl Friedrik has had immense success with their carry-on luggage since launching the collection in 2019 and you can see why. With an expandable design, the Carry-on Pro can reach a depth of 27cm, making it perfect for longer trips. The integrated hard case protects your electronic devices from damage and there is enough storage space for laptops, phones and important documents.

The secure zipperless TSA compliant closure frame is innovative and useful as it prevents zippers from jamming or breaking when we’ve tried squeezing them too many outfits in the luggage. There’s also an integrated battery for charging your devices and an impressively quiet set of 360-degree rotating wheels.

G-Ro hand luggage Classic

G-Ro

Available in Navy and Black with the option of different wheel colors, the G-Ro cases stand out from the rest with their large, highly maneuverable wheels. This star feature allows you to roll the luggage over any terrain and in any weather, from climbing and descending stairs to pushing through the snow – everything is possible. The extremely durable cases feature a detachable power strap and Bluetooth luggage tracker for added security in case your belongings are lost or stolen.

Modobag

The first motorized suitcase that can be ordered in the USA has arrived across the pond. This variant saves you from lugging around a heavy suitcase and actually carries she. Modobag can travel 6 miles without being charged and has speeds of up to 8 mph – while still remaining relatively light when you need to tow it. It also comes with dual USB charging ports for your electronics and optional GPRS tracking so you never lose your case again.

H5 hand luggage (35L)

horizon

After chic luggage with an equally chic look? The Horizn cabin case, with its tough, protective exterior, is available in 13 colors ranging from shiny lemon to dark olive. It convinces with sustainability – the case is completely vegan and 99 percent waste-free.

It has two USB charging ports and an integrated smart power bank – which can be easily removed should you need to check in your luggage.

The compression pad is also a nifty addition as it maximizes storage capacity and prevents the contents of your suitcase from moving – ideal for keeping those ironed garments spotless. Four size options are available, making Horizn perfect for both carry-on and checked baggage.

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We love Away’s luggage for all the smart features like the integrated USB chargers, color palette and lightweight outer shell – all at an affordable price that allows you and your luggage to travel smart.

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