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10 High-Tech Luggage Options for Smart Travelers

One of them turns into your personal airport ride.
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Because modern travel entails multiple layovers, stricter baggage allowances, and other transit hassles, we’ve rounded up 10 feature-rich luggage options that, aside from being the lightest or the toughest, also boast advanced security features, digital innovations, and more complex constructions.

THE NEVER-LOST OPTION


Because around 25 million bags are lost every year, Rimowa developed a digitized version of the airport luggage tag, the same one they stick to track your check-in baggage. The digital tag, which is integrated as a battery-powered monitor for the Rimowa Topas Stealth, tracks your luggage’s whereabouts through your smartphone. Right now, it only works on Lufthansa flights, but this development is a good sign for hassle-free flights in the future. Rimowa.com

THE STAIR-CLIMBER OPTION


Those of us who have traveled via subway have faced the dread of climbing a flight of stairs with their luggage. TraxPack addresses this cumbersome experience by installing a track pad that enables your luggage to be pulled seamlessly up a stairwell—pretty much like how a walkalator would work. The tilting handle bends at angles for maximum ease when moving. There is also a digital scale that lets you know the luggage’s weight, and a mobile media stand (with a charging port) that can maximize the use of mobile gadgets when in transit. Traxpack.com

THE SPACE-SAVING OPTION


The Néit Collapsible Suitcase is a hard case that can reduce its total volume by 30 percent. Even though it's collapsible, the airline-grade aluminum skeleton offers the same sturdy (and light) build of its counterparts. Its four wheels can also fold to almost flat, perfect for stowing away under the bed or hanging in your closet (with its carabiner-style handle). Neit.life

THE PERSONAL TRANSPORT OPTION


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Here’s the world’s first rideable luggage. As luggage, the Modobag offers 2,000 cubic inches of packing space, which is like a generous carryall. As your personal transport, the ballistic nylon shell is strong enough to accommodate riders up to 260 lbs. The bag can run up to eight miles an hour or three times faster than walking, which should come in handy if you’re late for that connecting flight. For ease of handling, the controls lie on its handlebar. This is TSA and FAA approved. Modobag.com

THE EIGHT-WHEEL OPTION


While most luggage has four wheels, the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 boasts eight dual-caster wheels. Oh, the places you can go with such ease and maneuverability! This red version also makes it easier to spot at the baggage carousel. Victorinox.com

THE DESIGNER OPTION


The wide pull handle of the Louis Vuitton Horizon 55 is the main selling point. Dreamed up by acclaimed industrial designer Marc Newson, the external backbone offers support without taking up precious interior space. Expect many premiums add-ons, including LV’s luxury canvas, leather wrapped over lightweight polycarbonate shells and the LV Pass, an app that provides designer travel content, repair privileges, and care advice at your fingertips. Louisvuitton.com

THE PRETTY TOUGH OPTION


The brushed aluminum of the Tumi 19 Degree Aluminum mimics a tiger’s stripes or a bamboo field, but it isn’t just for aesthetics. It actually reinforces the hard shell for better impact resistance. Snap closures (three for check-in luggage and two for carry-on luggage), spring-loaded handles, and an almost weightless pull handle also make this a tough beauty. Tip: A polycarbonate version offers the same rugged exquisiteness for much less. Tumi.com

THE COLD-WEATHER OPTION


The Samsonite Black Label Lite-Cube DLX is made of a high-performance thermoplastic that has five times more rigidity than traditional polycarbonates. It also offers high-impact resistance at temperatures as low as -189 degrees Celsius, making the luggage suited for a trip to the Arctic (or the moon). Samsonite.com

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THE PLUGGED-IN OPTION


Inside the Bluesmart Black Edition’s hard-shell body is a 10,000mAh battery with two USB charging ports (one behind the top handle and one in a pocket) that provide enough power to charge a smartphone five times. The Bluesmart also allows automatic access to its lock through an app (when in range) and notifies you if its weight is beyond the limit of whatever airline you’re flying with. Bluesmart.com

THE FULLY LOADED OPTION


Not content with just a few functions, the prototype of the Delsey Pluggage plugs in 10 future-ready features. Smart luggage standards are here: digital weighing scale, charging ports, and an app that offers on-board detection, checks lock capabilities, and provides information on flights, itineraries, and the weather. The extras include interior lighting, a built-in speaker, and fingerprint ID security. These newfangled features are still up for a vote. Choose your favorites at their website. Delseypluggage.com

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