Even a built-in neck pillow and eye mask.
Imagine breezing through airport security Up in the Air-style with nothing but the clothes on your back. You queue up to the metal detector and, instead of rifling through your pockets for your smartphone, keys, and loose change, you do just one thing: Take your jacket off.
That dream is now tantalizingly close to reality, thanks to a Chicago-based start-up called BauBax. The company has designed a high-tech jacket to meet your every travel need. Here’s the full list of 15 features, in order of increasing absurdity:
- hand-warming pockets (i.e., pockets)
- phone pocket
- passport pocket
- sunglasses pocket
- earphone holders
- portable charger pocket
- iPad pocket
- microfiber cloth
- built-in gloves
- blanket pocket (blanket sold separately)
- eye mask
- zipper that turns into a pen (1) and a stylus (2)
- neck pillow
- “koozie drink pocket”
While the BauBax travel jacket is built for frequent flyers, it’s just as useful for your daily commute. And best of all, it doesn’t look like you’re toting around a superhero utility belt. All those compartments are concealed inside an unassuming exterior, specially fitted for men and women.
The jacket comes in four different styles: sweatshirt, windbreaker, bomber, and blazer. We can’t confirm that the “wrinkle-free blazer” option will pass muster at your next board meeting—or that the ingeniously concealed pen will, as advertised, help you “make new friends”—but we can’t think of a single function this doesn’t cover.
Once you’ve got the jacket that has everything, though, you’re bound to face a new dilemma: remembering where all your stuff goes.
Jacket, $109+ at Kickstarter.