I love travel gadgets. I could browse endlessly on travel websites for travel accessories that I do not need, I have no use for, but I desperately want. Sadly, since SkyMall can no longer be found in your seat-back pocket, I have to rely on the internet to show me unique travel gadgets.
While browsing, however, I keep finding items that are the weirdest, most unusual travel items that I feel like I must share. And yes, I pretty much still want (most of) these travel items.
If you’re backpacking or showering in public spaces, you definitely need something to protect your feet. If you’re packing light and don’t have room for shower flip flops, you could consider Flopeezes. According to reviews, Flopeezes feel like you’re walking barefoot, but are strong enough to protect your feet from gross elements.
This portable footrest weighs only three ounces and folds up to fit perfectly in your bag and comes in four colors to match your travel gear. To use on a plane, hang it from the tray table. The downside is the person sitting in front of you may get annoyed if you’re moving your feet around a lot, making the seat bounce.
I am a fan of a good bidet; who doesn’t want to feel extra clean? But traveling with a portable bidet seems excessive… or is it? This bidet from Panasonic has a four-star rating on Amazon and can attach to a water bottle, in case you have a real messy job that needs extra water. One downfall is that it seems to lack English directions so you’ll have to figure out how it works on your own.
If you don’t mind looking absolutely ridiculous, the Original Ostrich Pillow may be the respite (and head support) you need. Just slip it over your head, put your nose and mouth through the main opening. Your hands fit in the side openings, which is more for when you’re laying on a flat surface (like your desk at work). It is dry-clean only, which could get expensive after awhile.
From the same company that makes the Original Ostrich Pillow comes the Light Sleepy Ostrich Pillow, so you can look just slightly less ridiculous. This pillow is a bit more portable and versatile as you can wear it around your neck, your head, and eyes, etc.
This seat cover is for the major germaphobe. It is designed to work for many different types of seats including plane, bus, or even a movie theater seats. Yeah, planes are dirty, but I’m not sure how well this cover will actually protect you as you still need to worry about the other dirty places on the plane
. And from the reviews, it seems like the covers do not fit well and cover the seat behind it, which would block the video screen of the person behind you.
You ever sit next to someone on the plane that just can’t stop passing gas? It happens far too often (like here
, and here
). While there is actually a scientific reason
for it, it’s still awful if you’re sitting next to someone that can’t stop tooting. GasBGon has created a cushion to help mask the smell of in-flight flatulence. It looks like normal travel cushion but has the added benefit of muffling sounds and carbon filters to mask the scent.
Sometimes your flight lands in one end of the airport, and your connector is on the other end, in a different terminal and you only have 30 minutes to connect. Now, you hope the airline holds the plane for you, but that isn’t always the case (as happened to me on an Alaska flight through Chicago – and I made it with 10 minutes to spare!). If I only had luggage that doubled as a scooter, maybe I would have made that flight. This particular bag by Steve Aoki features speakers on the side of your suitcase, so you can blast your music (or maybe siren sounds?) as you’re scooting through the airport.
$650 at Amazon.com
How many times have you been on a plane and wished you had worn thicker socks? Or you’re walking around New York, Boston, or Philly in the winter and can’t feel your toes? Well, heated shoe insoles are your savior. These insoles can be recharged 500 times, and are controlled via wireless remote control (no heat, medium heat, high heat).
This one sort of confuses me, because one, I am a person that never uses an iron and two, doesn’t every hotel have an iron and ironing board? But, after reading the reviews (and they are good reviews), I suppose that many people have a need for this tiny iron and steamer. But if you’re backpacking, or staying at an Airbnb
, maybe this would work well for you (it does pack very small after all).
OK, this weird travel item is actually really cool and could be quite useful. Weighing only five ounces, this portable washing machine is the smallest in the world. You just add soap and water (and your clothing) to the bag and massage the bag. The rubbing activates the scrubbers and your clothing gets cleaned in no time. The bag can also double as a dry bag.
I know every time I’m in my hotel room, I think to myself… “You know what would really make this trip? A planetarium.” This gadget comes with six different night views: Antarctic Sky, Hawaii Sky, Tokyo Sky, Cairo Sky, Easter Island Sky and London Sky. At 19 ounces, the planetarium is quite packable and doubles as an alarm clock.
Wow, another product where you’re going to look absolutely ridiculous while wearing it – and I’m not sure the reward is worth the risk of looking so silly. But if you’re someone that must use your iPad while standing on the train, or while waiting in lines, this product is for you.
$50 at Amazon.com
This travel accessory goes over your airplane tray to protect you from germs and provide a clean surface. The top is clear plastic, with a slot for documents, and the three pockets in front help you get organized. It also works with the tray closed. However, if you use this, be prepared for passive aggressive side-eye from your seatmate.
Maybe you’re a person that doesn’t like traditional travel pillows, or maybe you just like to feel a nice soft touch on your face. This chin arm rest connects to your seat arm rest and cushions your face as you sleep your flight away. Hopefully, you’re not in the middle seat, because I could envision a very unhappy seatmate
What is the weirdest or most unnecessary travel accessory you have ever seen? Let me know by leaving a comment below or send me a Tweet!
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