by Joe Henry | November 28, 2017

Jetsetters, rejoice! 2018 will see some extremely cool new luggage offerings coming from mainstays like Tumi and Zero Halliburton as well as exciting upstarts like Bluesmart. Never before has luggage been so sexy -- and so smart.

Bluesmart is definitely a company to keep your eye on. Last year, the startup luggage maker had two carry-on products: Bluesmart One -- which could charge a phone, remotely lock, and had built-in GPS -- and Bluesmart Black, which was essentially the One built with more premium materials. 

However, in 2018, Bluesmart will greatly expanding its line with Series 2, which offers upgraded technology and more color options. In addition to the 22-inch carry-on, the new products include a passport pouch, laptop bag, and a 29-inch check-in. And they can all be controlled with the updated Bluesmart app, which also has an itinerary planner and next destination information. 

The diversity of products also allows for some creative bundling. Is your star employee a carry-on traveler? Then get her the on-board bundle, which includes the 22" suitcase, passport pouch, and laptop bag. Or you can purchase a bundle with just the two suitcases. And those ambitious types who want to shoot the moon can simply buy the whole kit and caboodle.

Admittedly, Bluesmart has some of the most tricked-out, teched-up luggage in the world. But high-end luggage maker Tumi, known for its ultra-tough yet stylish bags, is also in the game, having teamed up with AT&T on a device small enough to tuck into any bag, yet powerful enough to track that bag around the world. 

Tumi X Russell Westbrook

The Tumi Global Locator uses four technologies to track bags, including GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The fourth is GSM, the technology used by AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., and just about every other mobile phone provider in the rest of the world. Based on tracking technology from LugTrack, the device provides detailed, location-specific data about your bag in real time.

The Tumi Global Locator has a sleek design and is small, measuring just 4.3-inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and about 0.8 inches thick, and weighs in at 5.3 ounces. It is FAA-approved and uses a free mobile application, available for both Android and iOS devices, to provide the user with information.

One reason a device with mobile technology has FAA approval is the accelerometer built into the Tumi Global Locator, which makes it automatically enter sleep mode while it is on a plane in flight. The user can also set sleep mode manually via the app

There are three other settings available, including travel mode, which automatically tracks the bag every 20-30 minutes to build a log of where it has been. Hotel mode allows the traveler to designate a "home base" and alert the owner if the bag is moved. Proximity made does roughly the same thing, although it uses Bluetooth technology to ensure it stays within range of the mobile phone or tablet running the app. The Tumi Global Locator uses technology by LugTrack that includes a number of security and privacy protocols, that Tumi says is "the highest level of security standards that exist in the market today. All personal information is fully protected by the highest state-of-the-art layers of firewalls, specific authorization protocols, and encryption."

Tumi also teamed up with with NBA superstar Russell Westbrook recently to introduce travel gear in a unique aesthetic. The Tumi X Russell Westbrook collection includes familiar Tumi standbys -- the Morrison and Warren backpacks, the double expansion satchel, and the international expandable carryon, among others -- all wrapped in stunning red camouflage. 

Zero Halliburton

For those who want a more vintage aesthetic will appreciate some of the new offerings from Zero Halliburton. And by new, we mean old - because it's offering a collection called the Classic Polycarbonate 2.0. 

The company is reaching back into its extensive archives -- recall that it was founded in 1938 -- and bringing back two beautiful suitcases, a 19-inch and a 22-inch that visually recall classic stylings, but have all the bells and whistles one expects from a modern suitcase. These suitcases are light, with wheels that spin 360 degrees, and has a telescopic handle. 

Moreover, they have compression straps so travelers can fit more into their cases, and each is a part of the Zero Global Tracking system, so if you lose the luggage during a layover, you'll be reunited quickly.