Whether you’re a regular jetsetter or someone who only takes one or two trips a year, traveling can be a stressful undertaking — especially if you don’t have the right piece of luggage for the journey.
And while the greatest thing to ever happen to luggage is still probably the addition of wheels, nowadays there are all kinds of other creative ways that manufacturers have improved standard carry-on luggage.
Here are seven smart pieces of carry-on luggage with extra features that go beyond wheels.
1. Powerbag Wheeled Brief Case with Battery for Charging Smartphones, Tablets, and eReaders
Mobile devices are great for allowing modern travelers stay in touch while on the go (or for just helping to alleviate boredom). Of course, these devices will only work as long as they have power, and sometimes finding an open outlet in an airport can feel like trying to find an oasis in a desert. Now, you can avoid ever having to deal with a travel power shortage, thanks to the Powerbag Wheeled Brief Case. This stylish black brief case features a built-in 6,000 mAh battery, or enough juice to recharge an average smartphone four times. The built-in charger includes connectors that are compatible with most device brands, including Apple, Android, and Blackberry; while the brief case features padded pockets for various types of mobile devices, such as tablets, laptops, and e-readers.
2. Sit-On-It Carry All
Sometimes the simplest features are the best. Just like putting wheels on suitcases makes it easier for travelers to move their luggage, the Sit-On-It Carry All makes it easier for travelers to rest. That’s because the Sit-On-It Carry All is not only a spacious and well-designed carry-on, it’s also a heavy duty seat. The sturdy steel frame can support up to 350 pounds, making it a traveler’s best friend when waiting in long airport lines. And while you’re waiting, you can easily entertain yourself, thanks to two shock-proof outside pockets that can safely hold your tablet, smartphone, and other mobile electronic devices. The Sit-On-It Carry All also has wheels, but they are extra durable oversized inline skate wheels that do not engage when the suitcase is in the upright position, so you don’t have to worry about your “seat” rolling out from underneath you.
3. Rise Travel 21 Inch Spinner Suitcase with Removable Extendable Shelves
Among the many hassles that regular travelers must deal with is having to repeatedly unpack and repack their suitcase. However, the Rise Travel 21 Inch Spinner Suitcase aims to alleviate this issue by literally allowing travelers to take their storage space with them. This wheeled suitcase features a removable four-tier shelf system that allows users to quickly and neatly unpack their suitcase. Simply remove the shelves from the suitcase, hang it up, and you’re done! The shelves have a three-way hanging system that allows it to be hung in multiple positions from doorknobs, hooks, or closet rods.
4. Zuca Pro Complete Set- Black Insert Bag With Black Travel Cover and Pro Sliver Frame
With its mix of useful features that are found separately in many other suitcases, the Zuca Pro is perfect for the traveler who wants it all. Although not quite as durable as the steel Sit-On-It Carry All, the Zuca Pro’s aluminum frame can support up to 300 pounds and makes a great seat. Additionally, like the Rise Travel suitcase, the Zuca Pro aims to lessen the hassle associated with unpacking with a specially designed packing system. However, instead of a tiered shelf system like the one used in the Rise Travel suitcase, the Zuca Pro uses removable packing pouches that can stack like drawers to make unpacking a breeze. Other nice extras include a 41-inch telescoping handle and a clear TSA-friendly toiletry bag.
5. Eagle Creek Travel Gear Tandem Warrior 22
If you’ve ever traveled somewhere and wished that you had brought extra luggage to bring all your souvenirs home, then the Eagle Creek Travel Gear Tandem Warrior 22 is for you. This carry-on normally functions as a single piece of luggage on wheels. However, if needed, the upper portion of the carry-on unzips to create a second full-sized gear bag that can be carried with a side handle, a top handle, or a shoulder strap. It’s the perfect solution for travelers who want to bring home more than what they left with.
6. Briggs & Riley Baseline Luggage Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright Suitcase
Although this Briggs & Riley Carry-On looks like a fairly standard suitcase with wheels on the outside, it offers a unique packing feature on the inside. This carry-on includes Briggs & Riley’s patented CX Expansion technology that gives users 25% more packing room, before compressing the suitcase down to its original size. Anyone who has ever tried to fit an overstuffed carry-on into the overhead storage compartment will understand the importance of this feature. Another nice feature is a large front pocket for storing items you want to be able to easily access during your trip.
7. Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage
Of all the carry-on bags featured in this article, the Bluesmart suitcase is, without a doubt, the most technically advanced. Like the Powerbag Wheeled Brief Case, the Bluesmart also includes a built-in battery for recharging your mobile devices on the go. However, the Bluesmart isn’t just capable of recharging electronic devices, it is an electronic device. The Bluesmart mobile app allows users to remotely lock, track, and even weigh their suitcase. The tracking feature uses GPS, so you can pinpoint the suitcase’s location all over the world, and the app will even analyze your trip data. The weighing feature can be used remotely, or can be activated by simply pulling on the handle. Finally, a proximity alert lets you know whenever you are separated from your Bluesmart, so there’s little chance of having it stolen or lost. If this suitcase sounds like it’s from the future, that’s because it is.