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October 2019

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Cutting-edge luggage with style

Lugging your baggage around train stations and airports, and in and out of taxis, can at times be a pain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The most modern, innovative baggage solutions make travel a much less stressful experience, and in some cases even fun.

  • Let your luggage take the strain: If it’s ease of use and a little bit of fun you want when travelling, look no further than Modobag. It’s the idea of Kevin O’Donnell, who hit a lightbulb moment when pulling his kids on his traditional-style suitcase. The result is a motorised case that literally does the pulling and pushing for you … while you sit on it. The battery is charged in just two hours, can carry an 81-kilogramme person around six miles before a recharge and has a maximum weight limit of 118 kilogrammes. Foot rests and a telescopic handlebar with a throttle point to its uniqueness. But two USB ports, custom-made wheels, 1800 cubic inches of interior space and an app for real-time tracking with proximity alert show it also wants to compete with more regular cutting-edge luggage. GBP 1,140 modobag.com  
  • Theft-proof backpacks: XDDesign have made a habit of coming up with stylish backpacks that aim to thwart thieves. Now with seven backpacks in their range, the latest to be developed are Bobby Tech and Bobby Pro, which look deceptively alike – for good reason: the (almost hidden) difference is Bobby Tech has solar panels and a wireless charging module to enable travellers to charge their mobile devices when on the go. Both have anti-theft features, such as “cutproof materials” and two RFID pockets to prevent your banks cards getting scanned. Inside there are removable compartment organisers, outside lockable phone holders, and substantial parts of the backpack are made from recycled materials.
    Bobby Tech: GBP 264.95
    Bobby Pro: GBP 129.95
    xd-design.com
  • Collapsible surprise: From the outside, The Carry-On Closet looks remarkably similar to many other stylish and robust suitcases. But this is a suitcase carrying a fabulous secret, revealed only when opened. That’s because The Carry-On Closet is exactly what its name suggests: a collapsible, integrated shelving system that travellers pop up when they reach their destinations. The shelves are supported from the case’s handle, and fold back into the case when travellers are ready to leave. Designed by Solgaard, it has a USB charger and its polycarbonate shell provides outer strength. GBP 172 solgaard.co
  • Best international styles combined: An Italian-made leather and waterproof easy access front pocket is an indication that style and accessibility were at the forefront of the thoughts of Horizn Studios designers when they came up with M5. The German-made super-strong polycarbonate casing comes in a range of eight shades, from black to blue vega. A removable charger, Japanese-designed spinner wheels, the easy access front pocket that holds a 15” laptop, laundry bag and in-built compression pad are all features to attract the most discerning traveller. GBP 320 horizn-studios.co.uk
  • Strong, colourful and compressible: Want the latest suitcase mod-cons and innovations but in a stylish and minimalist manner? Take a look at the Away Luggage collection, which comes in four sizes. The two smallest, The Carry-On and The Bigger Carry-On, are arguably the most eye-catching, with their options of with or without ejectable battery for charging devices. Their polycarbonate shells make them extremely strong, they have 360-degrees spinner wheels, hidden nylon laundry bags separating clean and used clothes, and interior compression systems – simply buckle down the compression pad to save space. They come in a range of colours and can be personalised with three letters for quick identification. The Carry On GBP 210 The Bigger Carry On GBP 226 awaytravel.com

Source: Connect Magazine, Author: Paul Wheatley

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