10 Useless Travel Gadgets You'll Never Really Need

Some things were never meant to fly...
Some things were never meant to fly...

10 Useless Travel Gadgets You'll Never Really Need!

Over the years inventors have graced us with everything from light and sound to rubber ducks and lava lamps. The inventors of our world are an important part of our society, and without them, we would still be stuck in the dark ages! Though what happens when they run out of ideas? When their minds, totally squeezed of fantastic, practical ideas for use in everyday life just stops ticking? That's when they move onto useless, I mean, creative travel gadgets that we can all use as we travel both domestically and internationally. Yes, there are some gadgets out their worthy of traveling, noise canceling earphones for the plane, cushions for your neck, both designed for comfort in mind. Though sometimes you really think "Who on Earth thought of that idea!" Granted, most people who would buy these kind of gadgets who want them for the novelty thrill only, I know I would! Now let's get going and count down the top 10 useless travel gadgets!

Pop away children!
Pop away children!

10. PuchiPuchi Virtual Bubble Wrap

Now who here can say that they don't like popping bubble wrap? Each pop satisfying your inner soul until you can pop no more... ok, that's a bit much. But how can you not like popping bubble wrap? A Japanese (What a surprise ;) company have created the PuchiPuchi Virtual Bubble Wrap, a toy that simulates the feeling of popping bubble wrap, without it running out! It is designed as a keyring that can be used anywhere as stated by their slogan, "Anytime, Anywhere, Forever... you can PuchiPuchi!" Plus if that's not enough, every 100 pops it makes a sound such as a dog bark or a fart or even a sexy voice!

Why it's Useless?

Well apart from little kids using it non-stop on a 9 hour flight to Tokyo, annoying the hell out of fellow passengers, it's kind of basic. There's no way you can get hours of fun out of that thing, although it's a fun novelty from time to time. Though like I said, it can get really annoying, especially if it 'farts' every 100 pops! There's a lot of other things you could use to entertain yourself as well.

Hey there Ladies, like what you see?
Hey there Ladies, like what you see?

9. Aeroplane Seat Cover

Some people always need to travel in style, though sometimes it's not that easy. Your loudmouth Texan neighbor, you know, with the big hair, tried to book a private jet for her and her dog Chi Chi to Sydney, though her money wasn't enough. Now she needs something luxurious, something stylish, something matching her leopard skin track pants... presenting the Aeroplane Seat Cover! Ok, seat covers for your car, all good, you use your car everyday, but what about when traveling by plane? These suave seat covers come in a variety of styles including leopard and zebra prints that give a new meaning to weirdo!

Why it's Useless?

Do I even have to explain this one? I mean, it's a seat cover... for planes! Just walk down the aisle, find your seat between two biker dudes and lay out this beautiful seat cover over your seat, that's gonna go down well... But ok! If you're a clean freak, germaphobe, this may be for you... *smirks* As if you would be caught dead in one of these!

Check out my cool new shirt!
Check out my cool new shirt!

8. Wifi Detector Shirt

"Oh no! I need to detect the wifi signal nearby but I left my equipment at home!" Fear no more geeks, nerds and dorks, your childhood dream has come true! That's right; it's a T-shirt that detects wifi without the need of your laptop! This sexy shirt has a built in wifi detector in it allowing you to see the strength of nearby connections. The best thing about this shirt is that the front of the shirt has an animated light which actually shows you the signal like it would on an actual computer, the more bars, the better! What was that? I think I just herd a nerd crying in disbelief...

Why it's Useless?

Well it certainly is a very cool idea, any computer enthusiast dying to try it out! Though that's just the thing isn't it, it's made for nerds, geeks, dorks, dinguses and other cruelly named human beings, it's not exactly 'cool', is it? It gives you your reputation, if you meet someone for the first time and you're wearing this shirt, then you'll always be known as a nerd. So cool gadget but not necessarily 'cool', if you know what I mean! ;)

Seen here in witty white.
Seen here in witty white.

7. Air-conditioned Shirt

How many times have you walked through the Sahara Desert thinking, 'Oh I wish my shirt was air-conditioned", though instead you were sweating like a hot pig on Sarah Palin's Barbeque while looking over to Russia from your balcony? Never? Well you'll never have to be in a situation like that with the air-conditioned shirt! This shirt has an in-built air conditioning system in it, which continuously blows cool air into you. Now I must admit, this is one of the better ideas in this list as it can be taken all around the world to some of the hottest places without you breaking a sweat!

Why it's Useless

Ok, I wouldn't call it completely useless, but there are a few flaws in this invention that could make it quite a nuisance! First of all, it's usb powered, meaning you probably have to bring your laptop everywhere you go! So if it runs out of battery while you're something hot and tired, it's not going to feel that great when the cool air soon turns to heat and sweat! Another thing is the extra weight you'll be carrying with an air-conditioning system around with you and no-one likes the extra weight!

Eco-friendly solar powered :D
Eco-friendly solar powered :D

6. Solar Powered Cooling Helmet

Now let's see... you have your brand new air-conditioned shirt though you head is hot and stuffy, fear be not young travelers, there's something for you to! Of course with an air-conditioned shirt, a hat would not be far away so of course there is a cooling helmet for your hot little head! The nice thing about this little gadget is that it's solar powered and eco-friendly. This means when you're out in the hot sun, you're going to be getting all the cooling you need from this little hat, and not wasting electricity when you do it! Just like the shirt, it is perfect for long hot adventures around the world, I mean look at it, it's dying to be worn!

Why it's useless?

Dying to be worn? Ha! Once you look at it, it's rather hideous, coming in the one color, brown! As well as the color, it does have solar panels sticking out on it making it a true fashion statement! Really, you don't need this gadget, it's cool and all but what happened to the old fashioned hat and water bottle, this hat gives some protection, but there are a lot of other hats out there suitable for hot days.

Comes in five vibrant colors!
Comes in five vibrant colors!

5. Banana Bunker

From the official Banana Bunker website...

"Cultured Containers has developed the Banana bunker to protect this delicate fruit from bruising when placed in your backpack, nap sack, soft carrying case, or briefcase. The container also protects your backpack’s valuable contents, such as CD players, textbooks, binders, and business documents. Whether you are on a hiking trip, day trip, athletic event, between classes, or at a board meeting, the Banana-bunker will keep your fruit safe until you are ready to snack. Go ahead, eat healthy!"

Well that says it all doesn't it!

Why it's Useless?

They are pretty sweet, a container just for your banana, but who's really going to go to all the trouble to buy one, apart from the novelty of it of course. Containers work just as well as these cases or why not just cut it up and put it in a smaller container. Along with the air-conditioned shirt, it goes into the 'pretty cool but you don't really need it' pile.

Where did you go? :O
Where did you go? :O

4. Vending Machine Disguise

Now the Japanese have done some pretty crazy things in their time, but this is just plain weird. A Japanese designer heard the response of the public safety in Japan, saying they were afraid of assault and muggings and used this idea to create an outfit which lets you blend in with the cities of Japan. This realistic vending machine outfit is perfect when you're hiding from shady looking men of a quick escape from your mother in law after you lost her in the city, how is this idea not brilliant?

Why it's Useless

Oh, I'm glad you asked! It's another novelty item that people would buy, not many people would actually buy it for their public safety, especially tourists! That's right, the man who assaulted you and began chasing you is not going to look under the suspicious vending machine made of fabric situated in the middle of an alley... duh!

Dude, the chicks will dig these!
Dude, the chicks will dig these!

3. Sleeping Bag Suit

"Oh no Michelle, I want to go to the tent and go to bed but I'm too tired to put my sleeping bag on!"

"Too bad Clive, that's one of the facts of life you'll have to deal with... now let's jam to some beats!"

If that bad 80's camping scene didn't scare you, this will! 99% of male Ukrainians between the age of 25-32 don't know about the Sleeping bag suit! How can this be you ask? We don't know that but we can tell you all about it! The Sleeping Bag Suit is exactly what it is, a sleeping bag suit. Made from the same materials as a normal sleeping bag, these suits can keep you warm and cosy on any camping adventure!

Why It's Useless

Apart from how ridiculous is looks (Snuggy anyone?), this suit is not very practical for your camping needs and I don't think you would want to sleep in one of these every night. The biggest problem is the whole 'trapped' situation. You're kind of stuck inside the suit and it takes quite a bit of time to actually get out, much longer than it would with a sleeping bag. What if you needed to pee in a hurry? What if you got to hot at night and wanted to take it off with ease? (Air-conditioned version perhaps) What if the girl you like is about to walk by and you're seen in it? OMG!

I-Look-So-Thrilled-To-Be-Wearing-This.
I-Look-So-Thrilled-To-Be-Wearing-This.

2. Pillowig

From the inventors of 'The wearable but Cushion' and 'I can't believe they're not socks!' comes The Pillowig! Now this Pillowig is perfect for anyone who needs to rest their head in a hurry or has a nasty bald spot! Created by Seoul artist, Jooyoon Paek, these pillows are created for the people out there resting their uncomfortable little heads everywhere, planes, buses, McDonalds and much, much more! Check out this site for more fun snaps! (http://itp.nyu.edu/~jyp243/jy/pillow.htm)

Why it's Useless

Seriously? A Pillow wig? It does look fun and great for easy access to a pillow but who's really willing to wear this out in public as seen in the link above. I'm just going to let the world decide, The Pillowig is not for me...

Nuff said :/
Nuff said :/

1. Briefcase Toilet

Ever need to take a dump in a foreign city but afraid their toilets are too dirty? Then try the Gotta Go toilet in a briefcase! This breifcase toilet was designed Niban Too Corp. to help busy corporates to save every second of their time. It looks just like a breifcase and then just open it up and you've got the toilet, toilet paper and a newspaper! Joy!

Why it's Useless

Um, it's a toilet, in a briefcase...

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richtwf 6 years ago

Great hub to highlight these funny inventions. My favourites are the Wifi T-shirt, pillowig and the WC in the briefcase. Thanks for sharing and giving me a laugh!


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Moxyl 6 years ago from Global Village

absolutely cool man! Keep on bringing up these crazy stuff please!


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WryLilt 6 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

What a priceless hub! :-) Love it!


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

Cool Beans!

I didn't even know these things were in the world.


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Top10... 6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia Author

Thanks everyone for your comments! :)

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