Traveling can be a hassle.  Lose your bags and that hassle can become a nightmare.  No clean underwear, no toiletries, and no rain coat for those relentless downpours means a trip that will be spent inside your overpriced hotel room.

While the TrakDot can’t ensure that your bags will show up with you, it can provide some peace of mind.  You pack the small device in your luggage, and the rest is automated.   The TrakDot knows when you’re flying and shuts down to conserve energy.  Upon landing it wakes, automatically checks to see which city it is in, and sends you a text or email with its location.  Needless to say, if the city matches your intended destination, your baggage hasn’t been sent to the other side of the world, and your trip is one step closer to being a positive one.  Power up the accompanying smartphone app, and the TrakDot will detect when your luggage is within 30-feet of you, making it easier to collect your bags at the carousel.

The TrakDot costs $50, plus there is an $8 activation fee for each unit, as well as an annual service fee of $13.  But with that cost comes a device that can independently monitor its location without the need for a cellular connection.  You’ll just need to make sure you occasionally pop in fresh AA batteries.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."