Published on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Many of us are consumed by wanderlust and love traveling to different places all around the globe, but what everyone detest most about traveling is definitely the flight. It is already stressful enough thinking about the idea of being stuck in a giant metal flying contraption 35,000ft in the sky that can at any moment's notice threaten to plummet to the ground in a fiery spiral of death, but we also have to worry about lugging all our travel essentials onto the plane with us. Luckily, a couple of genius inventors have come up with the perfect solution for the latter.
We can't really do anything about plane crashes, because that is left all up to fate and the pilots' capabilities, but we sure as hell can do something about making our flights a whole lot more comfortable by traveling smart and light. A long flight is the bane of all plane rides, and passengers typically tend to haul along all sorts of things that can keep them entertained and comfortable for the extended duration, but the problem with this is that there is so many things to carry and we only have two hands.
BauBax LLC took to Kickstarter
to introduce their latest fashion accessory that will soon become an essential among frequent flyers. The Chicago based product design firm aims to solve the inconveniences of traveling with a simple jacket. However there is a lot more to this jacket than meets the eye. This jacket boasts 15 features that will turn your flight from hell into one of ultimate relaxation.
This is the jacket people wished they have had but it never existed... until now. The BauBax jacket comes in 4 different styles – sweatshirt, windbreaker, bomber and blazer in various colors and in men and women sizing.
With the BauBax jacket, forget about bringing that bulky neck pillow because there is a built in neck pillow in style! The built-in inflatable neck pillow is easily concealed inside the hood of the jacket., and an innovative valve technology allows it to be inflated in just 2 seconds! To store it away again back in the jacket, it just takes all but one press to deflate the neck pillow.
You can also throw away that ratty and stinky eye mask you leave in the bottom of your bag because the BauBax jacket also comes with a built-in eye mask! The travel eye mask is built into the hood and can be unfolded any time you wish to get some shut eye.
Another unique feature would be the built-in gloves that easily slide in and out of the sleeves to keep your extremities from turning icy cold in the chilly airplanes.
You don't have to get frustrated and annoyed with disentangling your earphones when you fish them out to listen to some soothing music on your ride. Built-in earphone holders always keep them untangled and ready to be used in a split second. Located near the earphone holders would be the smartphone pocket that offers a seamless connection to your earphones.
The other internal pockets include one for your passport and travel documents, a sunglass pocket with a complimentary microfibre cloth for cleaning your sunnies, a 10-inch iPad pocket where it can store any full size tablet, a blanket pocket, and of course, handwarming pockets for extra warmth.
The thing that really sold it for me would be the built-in drink holder. You can keep your hot drinks warm, cold drinks cool and your hands free for work with the insulated drink pocket that can hold a soda can or a bottle of beer.
There is also a spy-like feature to the BauBax jacket. The zipper doubles up as a telescoping pen and a stylus. The 1-inch zipper can be extended to 4-inches and used either as a pen or a stylus.
The 4 different styles suit people from all walks of life. From the casual-dresser to the fashionista, and the adventurous to the business-oriented. While all of the jackets come with hoods, only the bomber and blazer have detachable hoods. The jackets range in prices from $89 to $149, but given the countless miracles it can perform, I say it's worth every cent.