Travel Inventions You Wouldn’t Believe Exist!

Have you heard of shoe umbrellas, laptop bags that charge, pocket showers, or noodle fans? If not, then this is definitely for you. Technology, innovation and wanderlust make for a heady combination, and they are certainly shaking things up for the global traveller. The line between crazy and ingenious is often a very thin one, and sometimes ideas for inventions that sound great in your head should only stay there. On the other hand, there are these everyday problems we all face while travelling, yet no one comes up with a viable solution and new travel inventions that could solve them. 

So maybe, just maybe, one of the crazy innovations out there could prove to be useful with time, even if in the beginning they sound plain ridiculous? Here are some of the weirdest travel inventions made to ease travelling, from some that you’ll have to see to believe!

1. Scooter Luggage

Are you getting late to catch your flight or have less time for a connecting flight? Or are you tired of dragging your luggage through busy airports? Well, this suitcase scooter might help you here. Take a ride on your suitcase and honk your way through!

2. Wi-Fi Detector T-Shirt

Do you despise opening your laptop on vacation to see if there is any Wi-Fi internet access nearby? This is where the Wi-Fi Detector T-Shirt comes in handy! These shirts broadcast the current Wi-Fi signal strength to you and those around you. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt change dynamically in response to the strength of the surrounding Wi-Fi signal. Not only will you detect Wi-Fi signals with ease, but others may bow to you as their revered Wi-Fi god.

3. Shoe-brella

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We’ve all got that one pair of shoes that we simply cannot get wet. However, when travelling, you never know when it will rain and your shoes will get wet. This problem can now be solved, thanks to the invention of shoe umbrellas by scientists. Shoe-brellas offer additional protection for your prized kicks with this miniature umbrella.

4. Boyfriend Pillow

Boyfriend Pillow
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Going on a vacation solo but craving physical contact? Enter the boyfriend pillow. It is, as the name implies, a pillow that replaces a human partner. If you want to snuggle but don’t have a partner, you’re in luck because finding the best body pillows for alone time, such as the aforementioned boyfriend pillow, has never been easier. The best part? There’s even a girlfriend pillow!

5. Laptop Bags that Charge on the Go

These bags are essentially portable battery packs for everything from laptops to phones to music players, and they can charge up to four devices simultaneously, providing up to 110 hours of extra power. Importantly, their lithium batteries are expected to withstand a variety of bumps and watery adventures.

6. Noodle Fan

Noodle Fan
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Cup noodles have evolved into excellent travel companions! However, no one likes to burn their mouth with hot noodles, especially when on a time crunch. The inventor must have considered the plight of consuming burning hot noodles when creating this Noodle Fan. The fan will fan your noodles as they dangle from your fork and presto!

7. Pocket Shower

Pocket Shower
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A hot shower is always appealing no matter how far off the beaten path you want to go. The Pocket Shower weighs about 110 grams, has an eight-minute shower time, and can be suspended from almost anything. If the black fabric bag is left in the sun during the day, it will naturally heat the shower water.

8. USB Air-Conditioned Shirt

AC T shirt
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There is finally a clothing solution to keep you cool in the scorching summer heat. Sweat no more, this light polyester shirt has a tiny fan in the back of it which works when a powered USB is connected to it. All you need is a laptop to charge your shirt, keeping you cool on sweltering hikes or in airports without air conditioning.

9. Portable Toilet

Personal disposable toilets will appeal to campers and road trippers. It is leak-proof and puncture-proof, and it contains a special powder that engulfs all of your toilet antics. It even includes toilet paper and wet wipes as extras.

10. Folding suitcases

Once the holiday is over, one of the most time-consuming tasks is unpacking and finding a place to store your empty suitcase. However, this hard luggage allows you to collapse your bag and even hang it in your closet like a shirt, eliminating the ever-annoying suitcase pile-ups during the offseason!

If you’re planning to travel soon with some of these fascinating travel inventions you are probably going to search for online, test them out in these fabulous places you can visit in May!

Last Updated on January 30, 2024 by Swati Deol

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