In a previous newsletter I quoted a Newsweek article about the next generation of computers called quantum computers.
My work requires that I stay abreast of trends and I do have an interest in emerging technologies. My clients are busy people and part of my job is to provide them with succinct and clear information. As a follow-up to the article on quantum computing I want to pass on some info on another arriving technology that will benefit anyone who travels. GPS equipped luggage. Travel writer Larry Olmsted writes that the “satellite enabled GPS, the same technology guiding drivers and hikers is among the hottest new trends in luggage.”
Samsonite (http://www.samsonite.com) is the first major manufacturer to release a GPS enabled line. Called GeoTrackR , the bags can be traced worldwide on your smart phone. The built-in transmitter weighs less than 3 ounces and turns itself off when the plane is in motion, complying with FAA regulations. A USB port is located near the telescoping handle for easy charging and a full charge last more than two weeks. Currently there are four sizes of luggage pieces available, priced from $280-$400.
Another company, Andiamo (http://www.andiamoluggage.com) is expecting a new release this fall, which will take GPS a step further. Their luggage contains a proximity alarm that lets owners know when the bag is coming up the ramp, or walking away from them. These smart bags have other high-tech features such as a remote lock powered by a smart phone, a built-in scale (I like that one!), a removable battery pack and USB ports for device charging. They even contain a Wi-Fi hotspot with swappable Sim cards for global use. Other luggage brands have announced soon to be released GPS lines.
Your current bag can be retrofitted with GPS, if you’re not quite ready to buy new luggage. LugLoc (https://lugloc.com) winner of the “2015 Product Innovation Award” at the prestigious Travel Goods Show / and TrakDot sell standalone GPS devices for $50-$70 that can be dropped inside any bag.
At the bottom of Larry’s article were some “lighten up” packing tips. Consider these as you utilize my Packing Check List to prepare for your next trip:
• Think in terms of a travel core wardrobe – everything in your suitcase should mix-and-match
• Pack three tops for every bottom
• Every woman knows packing is all about the shoes and I agree with professional travel writer Larry when he advises to take no more than three pairs: one dress, one casual and one athletic and wear the heaviest pair on the flight.
Remember, generally speaking, we simply don’t need as much as we’ve grown to believe we do, and nothing can rob the joy of travel faster than carrying a bunch of extra stuff.
Whatever you think about GPS enabled luggage, here’s to more joyful travel through lighter packing…and – no more lost bags!