Luggage with Charger? Welcome to the Future!
The chance that you read this article on a smartphone is very high. Do you also have a smart watch? I bet you do, or at least you heard about them. What about the smart cars? Or smart houses?
In the era of everything “smart”, let me tell you that luggage companies are not behind with their products. They work to develop new technologies every day. These days, you will see luggage with charger, with integrated weight scale, with keyless locks or with GPS tracking.
In this article I will tell you all about the smart luggage, what features it can have and how they can help you in your future travels.
What Is a Smart Bag?
The smart bag is basically just a normal bag, in which you pack everything you need for a trip, only that you will be able to do more with it. I will list and analyze each feature that a bag like this may have.
There are bags that have integrated batteries, so when you are waiting for 2 hours in the airport, can’t find an outlet to charge your phone and you panic, you will always have your bag with you, to save you. The battery capacity will vary from one bag to another but it will be enough to keep your phone alive and you, out of the panic zone. We know that digital nomads need technology to survive and totally understand the need to stay connected.
Be aware that some airline companies will allow your bag with this feature on board only if the battery is removable, due to safety issues. Usually, you won’t need to check-in this kind of bag, as most of them are designed to be carry-ons. But, in case you do, the lithium-ion batteries are not safe in the cargo holds and they might start a fire.
The Weight Scale
Are you one of the people that over pack and anytime you put another shirt in your bag, you run to weight it? Another good feature of the smart luggage is that it scales itself. When you pack, you will be aware at any time how heavy your bag is. This way, you will always know when to stop putting more shirts.
The Location Awareness
If you are afraid that you might lose your bag and want to know where it is at any moment of the day, here comes the GPS tracker that the bag has. Some of them also have Bluetooth system which work the same way. You will be able to see your bag’s locations on a phone application.
Most of the bags have an integrated padlock, which happens to also be smart, meaning that it doesn’t have a key and you can either open it with your fingerprint or with an application on your phone. You can find here more ways to protect your luggage!
Now, what could that possibly mean? Ever heard of luggage that you can ride? Wait, what? Yes, there are several luggage brands that thought: “What if I don’t have to walk to my gate?”. And that is how the idea was born. You can find motorized luggage that you can ride, or scooter integrated luggage.
Do You Need One?
If you are happy about each and every feature described above, then yes! But be aware that some of them might be quite expensive. Having all that technology, they are worth the money, but there are always alternatives to what they can offer.
Instead of having luggage with charger, you can just have a portable charger, that you can use everywhere, not only when you have your bag with you. The alternative may even be cheaper.
Instead of the weight scale, there are small electronic scales designed specially for baggage.
If you want to know where your bag is, without having the smart one, there are a lot of small luggage trackers, that you can put inside your bag and use with an application of your phone.
If the padlock is not integrated, don’t worry, they don’t need to be, as you will find normal padlocks all over Amazon, unlockable in the same way: fingerprint or phone application.
But if you want to ride your bag all over the airport, you may not have an alternative for it.
The Smart Era
We have discussed here about the smart luggage and how it’s characteristics can help any digital nomad on the road. One of them, which is awesome, is the integrated charger. Then, your bag will scale by itself, make sure it’s locked and let you know where it is. In the end, you can even ride your bag to the gate.
But if you think that you don’t need all that, you can always find alternatives that are still smart and you can use for any luggage of yours.
What do you think? Do you have one? Will you get one? Let me know in the comment section!