I’m one of the first people my friends reach out to for any travel advice. I’ve figured out so many travel secrets from traveling over 300,000 miles annually that they feel I’ve earned my stripes. Now, here are my favorite new travel gear inspirations for 2017.
MOST INNOVATIVE ROLL-AWAY BAG
For the grown-ups, I’ve got my eye on an amazing rollaway bag called the G-Ro that is the most successfully crowdfunded carry-on of all time raising $4.7 million dollars. G-Ro is rollaway luggage reinvented with axle-less wheels that gives you more space inside the bag and rolls over any terrain. It’s designed with a smarter center of gravity making it naturally want to stay upright and has a built-in luggage tracker option. $449
MOST FUN EMOJI LUGGAGE FOR KIDS
E-Motion Kids Luggage puts fun back into luggage for the little ones. They get to pick their favorite emoticon from LOL, Kiss, Sunglasses, Hearts, Smile to a Rainbow. It glides along with artful purpose and utility value on its inline skate wheels. heysamerica.com $45
BEST INFLIGHT INVENTION FOR KIDS EVER
If I were 7 or younger, I would pass on a first class upgrade and pick the JetKids BedBox instead. This is hand luggage, ride-on suitcase and inflight bed all in one. Developed by an aviation engineer it has parents praising it for trips of any duration onboard. $159
BEST TRAVEL JACKET FOR PERFECT SNOOZE
I wasn’t just impressed with the fact that the two inventors hopped a plane from Finland when they heard I was interested in their NeckPacker. Once getting a hands-on look and feel of this intelligent travel jacket, I realized how smart they were to get a patent for it. NeckPacker has a neck area inflatable pillow that lets you rest in the worse seat onboard and has so many clever pockets that you can ditch the carry-on bag and slip your essentials into the jacket itself. And moreover, it looks good on. $169+
NEW MUST-HAVE USB DRIVE
Never leave home without it. Heard that before right? And this time instead of a credit card, I’m talking about the ultimate USB drive called the SanDisk Extreme Pro 3.1. I take it everywhere with all my essential files. It holds massive amounts from 1000’s of photos to movies and copies of all my critical documents so I can plug into any device and be ready to go. The high capacity 256GB is the fastest thumb drive I’ve ever experienced. You can transfer a full length movie in about 14 seconds. $179
BEST TRAVEL WIRELESS HEADSETS
No matter what I store in my grab and go bags, the newest winning headsets for travel goes to Apple AirPods. Yes, they stay in your ears and give you up to 5 hours of listen between charges, The case that comes with the AirPods is so smart that it also acts as a charger holding another 24 hours of juice. The best $159 I’ve spent in ages.. with sound that impresses audiophiles and comes ready to tap into Siri.
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- Apps Show You How to Survive a Crash Landing
- Can Technology Increase Plane Safety
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