24 best quirky travel inventions of all time

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People everywhere are always looking for ways to make traveling easier and these weird and wonderful travel inventions you can make trips a whole lot more fun and comfortable.

1. Scooter Luggage

This bag from Micro Kickboard has a foot platform, which acts as a scooter when lowered, bringing an end to baggage-bearing woes.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Scooter Luggage. Photo by micro-scooters.co.uk
Scooter Luggage. Photo by micro-scooters.co.uk

2. Metal Detector Sandals

Now that you’ve spent your savings on that dream holiday, you may want to start combing the beach for loose change. Slip on a pair of metal-detector sandals and start searching for buried treasure on the beach. The sandals will buzz and light up when they detect metal.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Metal Detector Sandals. Photo by hammacher.com
Metal Detector Sandals. Photo by hammacher.com

3. Nubrella

The nubrella is a handy gadget you can use without needing the use of your hands. It functions like a hoody and is worn like a back-pack, so that your hands are free to carry luggage with ease through the rain, while making rainy-day camping and hiking a whole lot easier.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Nubrella. Photo by nubrella.com
Nubrella. Photo by nubrella.com

4. Boyfriend Pillow

Traveling alone doesn’t mean you need to feel lonely. While some pillows help you get comfy, others keep you company – like the dream man arm pillow, designed to give you a good snuggle before bedtime.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Boyfriend Pillow. Photo by deluxecomfort.com
Boyfriend Pillow. Photo by deluxecomfort.com

5. Ostrich Pillow

You can now take a nap comfortably with the Ostrich Pillow that engulfs your head in soft and warm coziness, blocking out light and noise while you doze in dreamland.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Ostrich Pillow. Photo by ostrichpillow.com
Ostrich Pillow. Photo by ostrichpillow.com

6. Beardski

If company is the last thing you want, you can ward off unwelcome advances with a Beardski – a large, bearded scarf or face mask that will keep you warm and make people turn the other way.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: The Beardski. Photo by beardski.com
The Beardski. Photo by beardski.com

7. Green Grass Flip Flops

Once you’re back at work and find yourself missing your outdoor vacation, try taking your mind back to those times with Green Grass Flips Flops. It’s not real grass, but it’s more comfortable than closed shoes and will make you feel like you’re still taking a walk through the park.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Grass Flip Flops. Photo by grassflipflops.com
Grass Flip Flops. Photo by grassflipflops.com

8. Wi-Fi Detector T-Shirt

You’re in a new city or country and want to get hooked up to the Internet to contact loved ones and let them know you’re safe – or just boast about all your amazing vacation adventures. Instead of going from one place to the next, inquiring whether they have Wi-Fi, just wear a Wi-Fi Network Detector T-shirt, which will indicate that you are in a Wi-Fi hot spot.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Wi-Fi Detector Shirt. Photo by thinkgeek.com
Wi-Fi Detector Shirt. Photo by thinkgeek.com

9. USB Air-Conditioned Shirt

All you need is a laptop to charge your shirt, keeping you cool on sweltering hikes or in airports without air condition. Should the air-conditioned shirt power out, it can run on batteries as well.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Air-Conditioned Shirt by Kuchofuku. Photo by japantrendshop.com
Air-Conditioned Shirt by Kuchofuku. Photo by japantrendshop.com

10. Rufus Roo Luggage Jacket

It’s not a dog and it’s not a kangaroo. Rufus Roo is a jacket that solves your excess luggage problem with pockets galore for stuffing in all kinds of items, including chargers and cellphones.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Rufus Roo Luggage Jacket. Photo by RufusRoo
Rufus Roo Luggage Jacket. Photo by RufusRoo

11. Traveler’s Phrasebook T-Shirt

Being lost in translation is a thing of the past, as the Traveler’s Phrasebook T-shirt is adorned with global signs that you merely need to point at for assistance. But beware – nothing screams tourist more than using this shirt.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Traveller’s Phrasebook T-Shirt. Photo by artlebedev.com
Traveler’s Phrasebook T-Shirt. Photo by artlebedev.com

12. Bluetooth Gloves

Use your hand as a phone and talk into it while keeping your fingers nice and toasty. Bluetooth Gloves are wirelessly synched to your phone, so that you don’t have to pull it out your pocket, which is also a great way of making yourself a less likely mugging target when having a mobile chat.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: hi-Call Bluetooth Talking Gloves. Photo by hi-fun.com
hi-Call Bluetooth Talking Gloves. Photo by hi-fun.com

13. Banana Guard

Got the munchies on board or on foot? A good energy-booster is a banana, but there’s the squash factor to keep in mind when it comes to packing this soft, yellow fruit. Banish your blackened banana blues by purchasing a Banana Guard, which will keep your snack intact.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Banana Guard. Photo by bananaguard.com
Banana Guard. Photo by bananaguard.com

14. SafeCan

If you’re paranoid about getting mugged or robbed in a foreign place, then stash your valuables in a SafeCan. With a screw-in base or top it’s the most unsuspecting object in which you can hide money, jewelery and other precious items.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Tomato Soup SafeCan. Photo by sterlingshop.co.uk
Tomato Soup SafeCan. Photo by sterlingshop.co.uk

15. Customized Airline Seat Cover

Should hygiene be your top concern, then you’ll want to get yourself a customized airline seat cover. Available in an array of bright and bold patterns, these covers allow you to protect yourself from whatever previous passengers left behind.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Customised Airline Seat Cover. Photo by planesheets.com
Customised Airline Seat Cover. Photo by planesheets.com

16. Portable Toilet

Campers will love to hear about personal disposable toilets like the Biffy Bag. It is leak and puncture-proof and contains a special powder which engulfs your number ones and twos. It even comes with accessories like toilet paper and wet wipes.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Portable Toilet Biffy Bag. Photo by biffybag.com
Portable Toilet Biffy Bag. Photo by biffybag.com

17. SheWee

Thought you’d heard it all when it came to outdoor ablutions? Then you haven’t heard of the SheWee. Like the Biffy Bag, it allows you to urinate in public – but discreetly, of course. It’s not just a great novelty for campers and festival-goers, but also for those moments when you find yourself in a far-from-clean latrine.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: SheWee. Photo by shewee.com
SheWee. Photo by shewee.com

18. Portable Shower

If you’re a big outdoors’ person, or have a major aversion to public bathrooms, then you need a portable shower – allowing you to rinse off and clean up anywhere, at any time. It’s private, convenient and easy to assemble – everything you need to make traveling light and hassle-free.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Portable Shower. Photo by OV
Portable Shower. Photo by OV

19. King of Swiss Army Knives

When people ask what one item you would want to have with you on a deserted island, it should be a Swiss Army Knife – the kind that comes with 87 tools and can perform 141 functions.

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 20. Portable Bonfire Log

The bonfire log makes your party fires quick and easy to ignite, and are also a whole lot safer. Once you’ve got the fire going, get other fires kindling with the romantic firelight.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Portable Bonfire Log. Photo by Light 'n Go
Portable Bonfire Log. Photo by Light ‘n Go

21. Bug-Proof Socks

If you’re scared of the wriggly wigglies and creepy crawlies nibbling at your feet when you’ve gone camping, pull on a pair of bug-proof socks for extra protection, as well as added warmth in winter.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Bug-Proof Socks. Photo by careplus.eu
Bug-Proof Socks. Photo by careplus.eu

22. Sleep and Walk Suit

Another winter warmer comes in the form of the SelkBag Sleep and Walk Suit, which you can sleep in, eat in, walk in – do pretty much anything in. There’s no more need to lug around sleeping bags and warm clothes, because this suit gives it to you all-in-one. The feet and hands are even detachable.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: SelkBag Sleep and Walk Suit. Photo by selkbag.eu
SelkBag Sleep and Walk Suit. Photo by selkbag.eu

23. Lighted Eyeglasses

Bookworms will love the idea of lighted eyeglasses, which shine a light exactly where you’re reading. When the lights dim on your flight, you can continue reading undisturbed. Reading by the flickering firelight while camping is a thing of the past, now that you can use the eyeglasses’ steady light instead.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Lighted Eyeglasses. Photo by CDM Partners
Lighted Eyeglasses. Photo by CDM Partners

24. Portable Cocktail Tool

Get mixing on your vacation and become the most popular member of the party with a portable cocktail tool. With a muddler, knife, stirrer, jigger, corkscrew and bottle opener, you can whip together just about anything. Remember not to pack it in your hand luggage, as this multi-tool can be viewed as more than just a party-starter. Choose between a Margarita, Martini or Mojito Master.

26 Unusual Travel Gifts: Portable Cocktail Tool Martini Master. Photo by quenchproducts.com
Portable Cocktail Tool Martini Master. Photo by quenchproducts.com

Whether shopping for yourself or others you can be sure of finding something you’ve never seen, felt, heard of or tasted before. Should they fail to impress, at least you’ll be left with a great conversation starter.

Featured image by grassflipflops.com

24 best quirky travel inventions of all time was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Claudia Hauter