7 Drool-worthy travel gadgets invented in 2015


Cape Town - The year 2015 established some amazing travel gadgets, changing the way many now plan their adventures, fly or navigate their way around on holidays. 

This year many have moved on from high school Carrimore's, dead cellphones, aching backs and outdated gadgets to some of the smarter technological offerings circa 2015.

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According to Hipmunk, items like compact suitcases, luggage with chairs and hoodies with inner pillows for you to have a comfortable nap wherever you desire, are now putting wider smiles on travellers faces and naming 2015 as the year of innovation.  

1. Bluesmart carry-ons

Bluesmart offers a bag with a built-in battery for you to charge your cellphone of laptops. You can also use the app to lock, track or weigh your case. 


2. Itsy bitsy big bag

The Delsey Storage Solution is a wheeled suitcase which folds up into a quarter of its size. The flexible suitcase manages to be super light and protective and has wheels for easy mobility. 

3. Two for one

We all wish we could find a suitcase which offers more storage than one can see - well the Eagle Creek Travel Gear Tandem Warrior 22 offers just that. 

Its top half unfolds into a second larger bag that can be used as a handle, shoulder strap or carry-on - great for the shopaholics. 

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4. The orderly backpack


One thing that can get pretty annoying is getting wires, documents and personal items misplaces, jumbled up and out of order. The IVAR Personal Backpack has a modern "shelf system" which allows you to place and secure your belongings inside your bag.

This is good for separating shampoo from toothbrushes, coins from notes and camera gear from your makeup especially when you're not too keen on taking 10 different bags on your trip. 



5. Free ride suitcase


If you need a nifty ride to the departure gates or want to beat the pavement traffic - the Micro Samsonite hardshell suitcase transforms into a kickboard-styled scooter when you lift the handle and three-wheeled kickboard. 



6. The peaceful hoody

Have you ever wished you could just lay your head down on something soft and warm when waiting in the airport? Well, the inflatable travel hoodie lets you do just that.

The Hypnos Hoodie lets you nap wherever you are. Simply inflate the pillow inside the hood and rest your neck and head. 

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7. Give your back a rest suitcase

On our travels we are often subject to lengthy lines and mass airport crowds - these are the moments when we really want a seat, any hard surface for that matter. The Sit-On-It Carry All offers just that.

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It's steel frame can hold up to 158 kg while you rest your feet and back. The spacious bag also features shock-proof outer pockets for storing tablets, smartphones, or other electronics.

If you're worried about crushing your iPad or valuables, the sturdy case protects your weight from your luggage. 


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