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thermalstrike suitcaseWhen I arrived at my hotel on a recent trip to Toronto, I did my usual bed check, pulling back the duvet and casting a careful eye over the mattress and box spring. Fortunately, I saw no telltale reddish brown spots, so there didn’t seem to be any bed bugs lurking between my sheets. But if there had been, I had a line of defense: a 20-inch carry-on suitcase from ThermalStrike.

The suitcase (also available in a 24-inch size) uses infrared technology to heat its contents to a temperature of 140 degrees — hot enough to kill bed bugs and their eggs. To start the heating process, you must load both sides of the suitcase evenly, stand it up, raise the telescoping handle and plug the bag into the wall. The heating process shuts off automatically once the treatment is over. (The company’s Web site offers an estimate of 2.5 hours for the “fatal temperature” to be reached, but in two different tests my carry-on shut itself off within 45 to 60 minutes.)

The suitcase gets hot to the touch during the process, but not to the point of danger; kids or pets touching the case by accident shouldn’t be harmed. Of course, you’ll want to take out anything that might be damaged by heat, such as cosmetics, sensitive electronics and that chocolate bar you’re bringing home for Mom.

Read on for a few of my favorite and least favorite things about the suitcase — and to see how to win it for yourself.

The Good
Bed bug concerns aside, the ThermalStrike is a solid carry-on bag. The materials are sturdy and high-quality (with the possible exception of the telescoping handle, which felt a tad flimsy), and it’s an attractive bag inside and out. A built-in TSA-approved lock allows for a little extra security, and the spinner wheels were an upgrade over the rolling upright I’ve been traveling with for the last decade.

Though I don’t believe I was in any danger from bed bugs on this particular trip, treating my clothes and other belongings with the suitcase gave me a little extra peace of mind.

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The Bad
I’m used to traveling with a soft-sided carry-on, which has a couple of external pockets where I can stow things like my quart-size bag of liquids and gels for easy access at security. The hard-sided ThermalStrike carry-on was less convenient on that front; to get my toiletry bag out, I had to lay the suitcase on its side and unzip the main compartment to get to the “quick-access pocket” inside — not ideal in a crowded security line.

The pivoting wheels occasionally seemed to get a little stuck when I tried to turn the suitcase, both in the airport and on a few uneven sidewalks in Toronto.

To run the heating process in countries outside of North America, you’ll need both an adapter for the plug and a converter with a voltage of at least 300 watts. (See Electricity Overseas for more info on this topic.)

At $349 for the carry-on and $399 for the 24-inch suitcase, the price may be beyond the reach of many travelers.

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The Verdict
If you can afford the price tag, the peace of mind may be worth it, especially for an otherwise sturdy bag.

Editor’s Note: For those who are asking, the 20-inch carry-on weighs eight pounds, according to the product specs on Amazon.com. The 24-inch suitcase weighs 10.5 pounds.

Want to try it out for yourself? We’re giving away our (gently used) suitcase! Just leave us a comment below by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 11, 2013. We’ll pick one winner at random to win the ThermalStrike carry-on. This giveaway is open only to residents of the lower 48 United States and the District of Columbia. To read the full contest rules, click here.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner of the suitcase is Susan Dalpe. Congratulations, Susan!

– written by Sarah Schlichter

182 Responses to “The Suitcase That Beats Bed Bugs”

  1. Msesq says:

    how heavy is the 24″ suitcase?

  2. Sebastian says:

    We will see if I get lucky ;)

  3. esme says:

    Hi. Thanks for tackling an un-sexy aspect to travel.

    I appreciate any attempts to fight the war on bedbugs, but I have my doubts about this one, not only for the reasons that you mentioned but I’m also wondering about the additional weight of the heating element and whether it has the durability to survive travel.

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that, as a frequent traveler, I will be bitten by a bedbug. It’s a statistical probability. I focus on not bringing the critters home. A couple easy strategies:

    – Isolate sleepwear within the suitcase (tie it up in a plastic bag) and heat sleepwear in the dryer for at least 30 minutes once home
    – Keep luggage zipped and as far away from the bed as possible (bathroom) and don’t place clothing in drawers or on hangers

    More elaborate:

    – Buy a PacTite and bake your luggage and its contents when you return home
    – Buy bed bug monitors for your bed. If the pests do make it inside your home, these will trap them before they reach your mattress and provide an early head’s up. The problem is easier solved sooner rather than later.

    Full post on the subject on my blog.

  4. Maja says:

    Great suitcase!

  5. Sean says:

    Technology sure has come a long way! This would come in handy on my yet to accomplish world travels which I plan to accomplish through hostels, couch surfing, and other potentially seedy travel arenas

  6. Ron says:

    Since it is a simple heater too bad they did not put a switch on it so it could work in different countries. Ron (engineer)

  7. Christy says:

    Thanks for the helpful review. ThermalStrike’s website is difficult to read because they have content overlays that automatically rotate before I’ve finished reading. Your review and your site are much better! I’d love to try this suitcase.

  8. Steven says:

    That’s the kind of suitcase we all need to protect ourselves from the bad bugs!

  9. Joan Haller says:

    sounds like a great purchase for all travelers!

  10. Mike says:

    What is the warranty? that helps me determine the value and since i travel 3/4 weeks i know i will burn through a few travel items in my career. but, my employer doesn’t cover that.

    If it is over a year that helps me justify the price and be more confident in the product backing by the manufacturer.

  11. Cathy says:

    Thanks for the review. It is something to think about.

  12. Irina says:

    Very interesting technology.

  13. KRG says:

    and to think as a child when i heard the old saying “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite” i don’t think anyone actually even knew what they were. (smile)

  14. Bruce says:

    Sounds like a civilian alternative to government drones.

  15. Janet says:

    I love this idea…wonder if it is heating up enough to really kill the little devils if it is shutting off in less than hour when the website says 2 – 2.5 hours? Would love to try this….anything that takes some of the risk out of frequent travel would be a wonderful thing! Thanks so much for the review.

  16. Casey says:

    This would be a great alternative to my current method of dealing with the possible bed bug travelers to the home — I currently leave the luggage in the hot car for several days. Of course living in Florida it’s not hard to get a temp of 140 degrees in the closed up car. It would be great to try this method.

  17. Tina says:

    I just checked the cost of the luggage and it took me by surprise. I know I won’t be ordering one in the near future. However, if the technology is now out there I’m sure other companies will follow suit and the costs will eventually come down.

    Thanks for the informative information.

  18. jon says:

    Having once been a victim, I would be glad to win this!

  19. Robert Wright says:

    Great Idea To Have Peace Of Mind When Traveling

  20. DAN says:

    could work out great on cold ski trips!

  21. Gina Strickland says:

    Thanks for the info and review. Great idea. I’m partial to soft side bags myself, but I’d definitely use this one. I have the Brookstone messenger saddlebag to add extra access to small things. (Just got it for half price with a Groupon) While it works well on my soft case, it is better on a hard bag like this. I’d love to have it in the carryon size. Thanks to your past advice, I never check a bag now.

  22. Jolyn says:

    Sounds like a nifty idea! Would like to try it in my travels this summer!!

  23. Margo says:

    Pricey, but peace of mind is invaluable! Love the concept.

  24. I’d love to win a “Hot Bag” for my hot travels!

  25. Stephen in ABQ says:

    Does your article suggest that hotel linen be removed and heated?

  26. Marianne says:

    I like the idea of leaving the suitcases in the car’s hot trunk to kill any unwelcome guests!

  27. Teddy says:

    One thing I’ve always done since my kids got bites ios to carry a small bottle of bed bug spray on trips. I spray the inside of the suitcase efore putting clothes in. If your timeshare has a dryer in the unit, I put everythng in the dryer also before packing it. Hope to be able to afford these suitcases sometime in the future.

  28. Thei says:

    It seems that it is innovation. I attended the Travel Good Show last March but I haven’t seen anything like this -although I found many other easy-to-pack carry-ons!

  29. maryanne says:

    Great idea, I am sure others will follow. Thanks.

  30. Nancy says:

    I have yet to encounter these pesky critters. I go on a few cruises a year and always check the mattress for signs of bed bugs. I think this suitcase is a great idea. I wonder how the TSA will feel about the electronics embedded in the suitcase? I will log on to ThermalStrikes website to see if they have any info of approval from TSA.

  31. Rhona says:

    Great review on a very interesting product. We definitely would be interested in testing it so hopefully it will come our way. Thanks. :)

  32. Ellen says:

    Sounds like a great suitcase. I would love to win one.

  33. Douglas says:

    so far I’ve been lucky… no bed bugs when traveling.

  34. Henrietta says:

    I have used the smelly sprays on my suitcase and on all the beds that I have slept on in my travels for the last 5 or 6 years. It can be used on all surfaces but this suitcase sounds like a great idea for a frequent traveler.

  35. Elyse says:

    This is a very creative idea. Whether it works in the long term remains to be seen. I am hoping the technology trickles down to some lower-cost luggage companies!

  36. June says:

    I’m itchy just reading about them!

  37. Mike says:

    Wow. That’s quite a bit more than I would normally spend on luggage. However, it might be worth the peace of mind. I can be a bit paranoid about stuff like that! My friends laughed at me a few years ago for sleeping in the bathtub at a hotel in VA, and keeping all of my belongings in the bathroom too! I had researched the area and found a bedbug explosion in the locality, although no reports at that particular hotel. I was really freaked out about the possibility of them coming home with me, and battling to be rid of them. I’ve heard they are not easy to exterminate.

  38. Ann says:

    I had heard about this suitcase previously and even looked at their website, and it piqued my curiosity. Thanks for testing it and for your review.

    Might be interesting to test what temperature it actually got up to inside the suitcase by inserting one of those oven thermometers that comes with a probe for inside and is then connected by a wire to an external temperature monitor/readout. Then, when it shuts off after 45-60 minutes, you could at least confirm the temperature achieved within the case buy that time.

    Also, I wonder what the heating element and associated electrical parts look like to TSA? Was there any comment/question from TSA or problem getting it through security? I travel to Europe about twice a year using just a carry-on size bag, ao I also wonder what the their security personnel think of this and whether it would create any problems going through their scanners and screeners.

    One other question for you; did it cause any wrinkling or problems for the clothing items inside?

    • Hi Ann,

      Thanks for your comment. Didn’t think to bring an oven thermometer on my trip, but it’s not a bad idea!

      I took the suitcase through security twice (once in the U.S., once in Canada) and didn’t get any comments or have any issues. The ThermalStrike Web site says that the case is TSA-approved.

      No problems with wrinkles, although I ran the heating process on my last night so the clothes were mostly dirty at that point!

      Happy travels,

      Sarah Schlichter
      Senior Editor
      IndependentTraveler.com

      • Ann says:

        Thanks for the answers. I always try to be very “security-screening” friendly, especially for foreign travel, so glad to know there was no problem with this case. Also, good to know it did not affect your clothes. In retrospect, I probably wouldn’t run the thermal element myself until the end of a trip (although, it might not hurt to run it a couple of times during any trip to be extra cautious).

        Good post. I will have to sign up for your blog.

        Safe travels!
        Ann

  39. Deb says:

    Great idea

  40. Jill says:

    Neat gadget, but pricey for the early adopters. More than happy to win one, though. :)

  41. Elwood Ennis says:

    The unit is exactly what is needed for the busy traveler.

  42. Linda says:

    Interesting technology but at a hefty price. As noted by some others it is a hefty bag as well.

  43. Marilee says:

    Wish I could justify the price for this purchase. I am really paranoid about bed bugs and hound my kids unmercifully about checking for them if they go away and stay in a hotel(and my kids don’t even live with me anymore!) I think I’m going to have to do the “several days in a hot car” routine until I can afford this bag.

  44. amy thomas says:

    I once experienced bed bugs in a 4 star hotel. The staff were very nice but it can truly happen anywhere. Thanks for a very worthwhile article.

  45. Andrea says:

    That is super clever. Of course here in the NE I might plug it in & use the radiant heat to warm me up on cold days ;)

    In all seriousness though are there limitations for delicate fabrics in it?

  46. Sue says:

    At this point, I think it’s worth the extra weight and/or inconvenience to ensure you’re safe from ick factor of bed bugs! I don’t think any hotel is immune from the creepy critters.

  47. Jeff says:

    I wonder if it can double as a snack warmer in the hotel…

  48. Carol says:

    Now that is a super neat idea! I travel internationally for business several times a year and bedbugs are a legitimate concern.

  49. Denise says:

    Great defense! Bedbugs are something I hope NEVER to experience!

  50. Michael Vanacore says:

    While the suitcase seems a bit excessive, as a frequent traveler, I would love to give it a try.

  51. Jo says:

    I would love to win this war on the little suckers and if this helps I’m for it.

  52. Kathy says:

    Hope I win!
    Frequent travel has become increasingly more tan travel arrangements. I hate thinking what I might be exposed to or even worse, bring home with me! It used to be, visit the doc and get vaccines prior to traveling now, it is so much more. If this really works, I would figure a way around the “plug” and also pack lighter to allow for the weight of the unit.

  53. Harvey Damaser says:

    sounds like a winner

  54. Janet Cartwright says:

    I would love to try it out and won it! I appreciate the opportunity!

  55. Barbara says:

    Worth the peace of mind.

  56. Sarah says:

    Thanks for tips on bedbugs . So far, so good with no bites. As a senior, I’d like to see them make a lighter bag.

  57. Marvin Simon says:

    Seems ideal for hotel travelling. These pesky critters are difficult to remove when you get home . Great to have a simple way to remove them without pesticides .

  58. Robert Kratz says:

    Sounds like a great idea. You never know when you’ll pick up some of the critters. Even in the best hotels.

    Bob

  59. adele sy says:

    a must for all frequent travellers like me!

  60. Paula says:

    I’d love to win the ThermanStrike suitcase that eliminates bed bugs. I generally use drier sheets to “discourage” bugs, but this suitcase would be a lot better.

  61. Corinna says:

    I would really love to win this suitcase. It sounds like a wonderful idea. Thanks for the useful information.

  62. Diane Pirlot says:

    How much does it weigh?

  63. Amy says:

    Does all that heat make the wrinkles in your clothes harder to get out? I guess I’d take that over bedbugs, but it sure would be annoying to have such wrinkled clothes

  64. Kristin says:

    Hope I win!

  65. Susan Brandt says:

    I travel for work in a bag like this would be a LIFESAVER Thanks for a chance to win it!

  66. I am a grand mother who frequently travels to see my grand children. We were a military family so all my children live in different states. I am so afraid of those bed bugs. They are disgusting. I really do not like saying in hotels because of those awful bugs. Thank you for considering me for this contest. I hope I win!!!!!

  67. Arlene says:

    Living in NYC, what has become one of the bedbug capitals of the world, maybe I could use this for all of my clothes if I ever get infested!

  68. Lyn says:

    Sounds like the perfect suitcase for anyone that travels. Would love to win! And have peaceful and restful hotel stays not worrying about bugs!

  69. Phyliss says:

    Sounds like it would provide peace of mind. I prefer the hard-sided suitcases to the soft sided, and this one has the added benefit. Anything that would work would be wonderful!

  70. Gabrielle Koch says:

    Thank you for testing this bag out and giving such honest options of both “Good” & “Bad”. It does sound like a great bag (hate the thought of Bedbugs) especially with all the traveling (both work and leisure) I will do throughout this next year, I only wish I had had this case for my prior travels earlier this year.

  71. Pat Koko says:

    We’ve been fighting the bed bug problem for some seniors in our town through our Emergency/crisis funding. NO FUN. Would love a way to be protected when travelling.

  72. Lori says:

    Being that my suitcase has just fallen apart and I am so paranoid about bedbugs, I would really appreciate receiving the ThermalStrike suitcase

  73. quichi minujin says:

    I want it! What an incredible idea,never gave bed bugs a thought,but,it seems I should!! Maybe I will be the lucky person to win this suitcase.

  74. sheila says:

    I think this is an excellent idea! A friend of mine brought home the nasty things fro a recent trip. she stayed in a high end hotel and thought she was safe.

  75. Don Deixel says:

    In considering this, it has to be viewed as a form of self-insurance. That means weighing the considerable cost against the likelihood of exposure. Are there any useful statistics on the frequency of exposure, i.e. out of a thousand hotel check-ins, how many guests bring home bugs? Sure, the consequences of even a single exposure can be extreme, but all travelers take calculated risks and all factors have to be taken into account.

  76. Fran Mamich says:

    One bedbug event is more costly than the price of this case! Counting doctor, sprays, special cleaning of cases and clothes, I’d say $400 for ONE contact with bedbugs!

  77. Lisa Evans says:

    What a great idea! I would be very grateful to win this special suitcase and be worry-free from bringing home bed bugs. Thank for the opportunity!

  78. Stephanie says:

    Would love to win this suitcase to have peace of mind!

  79. KayPierce says:

    Anything to give me more peace of mind when I’m traveling is worth it’s weight in gold!

  80. Pam Cooper says:

    A bit out of my price range.

  81. brenda says:

    great idea.Can you but these anywhere?

  82. Lenora Mitchell says:

    Thank you for the introduction to this bag. I would love to have a chance to win it.

  83. Candida Delarosa says:

    I am a career nanny. The only critters I want in my life are 2 legged small children !

  84. great idea! I think the cost is reasonable for the peace of mind!

  85. Amy Huerta says:

    I hate bugs. I practically kill my family with bug spray when we stay away. The extra peace of mind would truly be worth it!

  86. E K Chamberlain says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  87. Cedaroma says:

    I would like to win this suitcase and give it a try. We have been innkeepers for 10 years and haven’t had an outbreak and hope never to experience one either.

  88. M WILEY says:

    The article does not mention how much this bag weighs. Weight is more important to me than price. I just bought a new carryon and the deciding factor was how much it weighed, which was 4 lbs less than my old carryon that finally died.

    • Hi M WILEY,

      According to the product specs on Amazon, the 24-inch suitcase weighs 10.5 pounds and the 20-inch carry-on weighs 8 pounds. I’ve edited the story to include this information.

      Happy travels,

      Sarah Schlichter
      Senior Editor
      IndependentTraveler.com

  89. Walt says:

    I fure wish I had thought about this. What a great product in today’s environment.

  90. Aurora Tyas says:

    I have never ever checked for bed bugs…..thinking back at all these hostels and dodgy hotels on my RTW maybe I should have done….?!

  91. Ingrid says:

    Would love to try this out though I’ve never yet encountered bed bugs.

  92. jackie cope says:

    I would love to have this suitcase to foil those guys.

  93. Pat Reynolds says:

    What a great idea! Bet the Shark Tank guys would have jumped on this invention! I want one!!!

  94. KateZ says:

    Really!!! I’m curious about this war on bugs, and would like to win and try it on a trip. Does it come with adaptors for Europe? Is this the best use we can make of electricity?

  95. Patricia says:

    I love to travel and this would sure give me peace of mind.
    Thanks for the giving us a chance to win one.

  96. Roberta Gelt says:

    Sounds great. Would love a chance to try it

  97. Thomas says:

    It’s sad that thses critters have made a global comeback. Count me in for this suitcase opportunity.

    If anyone knows of a suitcase with no zippers and with an airtight seal … that might be a good alternative to this.X

  98. Paul Roos says:

    I’d really love to try your bag. We’re headed to England, Holland, Germany, Victoria B.B., Seattle, and Denmark the end of June for 6 weeks. But, apparently you guys are unwilling to pay the “postage” to send the bag to our beautiful home on Maui. WHADDUP wit dat??

  99. Rtchie Perkins says:

    Too expensive for me, yet not as much as I thought it would be. I can see this working for lots of people ..

  100. Cindy Kahle says:

    I have a BIG trip planned to Tuscany and Greece this fall. Sure could use a reliable suitcase and not have to worry about the bedbug epidemic with the many hotels we will be staying!!! My fingers are crossed that I will be notified as a winner!!! Thank you!!!!

  101. Sinyee says:

    Wow! Neat invention. But will my belts and shoe melt at that temp??

  102. Cindy Kahle says:

    I have a BIG trip planned to Tuscany and Greece this fall. Sure could us a reliable suitcase and not have to worry about the bedbug epidemic with the many hotels we will be staying!!! My fingers are crossed that I will be notified as a winner!!! Thank you!!!

  103. Mark says:

    If you are a traveler, I find it difficult to believe that $350 to $400 is “a lot” for luggage. I suppose if you traveling on your last dime, which is foolish, then it would be.

  104. Jan Balzer says:

    one less thing to worry about while you’re away

  105. Amy Conger says:

    If you suspect your hotel sheets may have bedbugs, are you supposed to take them off the bed and put them in your suitcase and fry them and then remake your bed???? I might just ask for another room.

  106. Would give great peace of mind. Always a concern. Would love it.

  107. Suzanne says:

    I travel fairly frequently on business and would appreciate the opportunity to win one of these suitcases. Thanks very much!

  108. Leslie Walden says:

    Nifty! I’m at the planning stage for my next trip and this would be great. My friends would be so envious, and have a great laugh at me when I plug it in. Probably just another cord to keep track of, too.

  109. JulieHuizenga says:

    This would come in very handy on our Canadian Rockies trip… would it kill ticks as well?

  110. Kurt Barbuscio says:

    Interesting.

  111. Mal says:

    WOW! This is an awesome invention! I once stayed up almost 72 hours upon returning home from a vacation because I was convinced I’d seen a bedbug on my wall. It freaked me out to the point of insanity. I paid for the dogs to come in and sniff, but luckily I didn’t have them. Nevertheless, I have been paranoid and freaked out ever since! This would resolve a lot!

  112. I m always concerned that we’ll bring bedbugs home and then infect our house and have to throw away all our furniture etc. I guess it would be a way of fast downsizing!
    I’ve also heard that you should put everything in a black plastic trash bag and put it in the trunk of your car or on the driveway – well if you live in the south and it’s summer! The temps inside the plastic bag will easily reach 150 degrees.

  113. Dorene S says:

    Wow. What an invention. Sure beats coming home and leaving suitcase outside the house until everything is put through the clothes drier. :)This is what my daughter does and I would love to give her this suitcase for her birthday.

  114. Please, please, I need this bug-killing valise!!!!

  115. Nancy Steptoe says:

    Really helpful especially if using budget grade hotels.

  116. Ruthie B says:

    Love this…someone should have thought of this sooner!

  117. Mitch Stobie says:

    Nice to be able to treat the sheets too! Just be sure to be packed and ready to go before brekky, plug it in, switch it on and zap the bugs before you leave the hotel! (Toiletries will have to go in another bag though, not messing around packing and unpacking!)

  118. Natalie Mugavero says:

    What an interesting concept! Soon the luggage will be toting itself… if only!

  119. Gary Zell says:

    Just what the Bed Bug Doctor ordered!! This should ease my only real fear of traveling. That is, bringing those nasty critters home with me..

  120. Clay Winowiecki says:

    That’s awesome! That is the first time hearing of anything like that. I could put it to good use on my upcoming overseas trip!

  121. James R says:

    I am in the midst of planning a summer trip and needed to purchase another suitcase. This would sure come in handy!

  122. Berne says:

    Great idea! Is it heavy?

  123. sue d says:

    I always freak out if I see any bug in any hotel room. Then of course one wonders if we would bring any home in our suitcase. This awesome invention would solve and ease any concern I may have about bugs and would assume if would kill any bug that entered the suitcase. I would love to win this for our next trip this September from Massachusetts to Israel.

  124. Norma-Jean says:

    Wow…that is really neat! I’m pretty careful about packing things up and making sure I wash my stuff or put it in a hot drier right away when I get home. Sometimes I travel with just a carry-on so it would work quite well for me.

  125. Rita Ways says:

    I’m paranoid about bed bugs but I love to travel. I think I’d love a suitcase like this!

  126. Anne Eriole says:

    This is fabulous I have many clients that have concerns and I am traveling soon would love to see how it works I hope to win

  127. Cheryl W says:

    I am so freaked out by this bed bug epidemic…What piece of mind this would bring!

  128. Barbara says:

    Ingenious! Bedbugs, be gone!

  129. Julie says:

    Why are those of us in Canada not included? Darn, I would love it.

  130. Lucille G. says:

    That suitcase would be great for my cats when not in use traveling. It would be cozy and warm when mommy comes home.

  131. Joann Floyd says:

    Need this! I just finished the horrid experience of cleaning and treating a house for bedbugs after lending a suitcase to a high school exchange student for a school trip.

    Seriously, this invention/idea is going to become the gold standard for anyone who has concerns about or has experienced bedbugs.

  132. Kathy M says:

    Sounds like a great solution to a difficult problem for frequent travelers!

  133. Pamela Ard says:

    With a refusal to quit travel and a still sluggish economy, I have lowered my standard of hotel rooms to a level not seen since my very early 20’s. I am still indulging my love of adventure and new places, but am back to staying in inexpensive accomodation and taking my chances at bringing home nasty little creatures… This suitcase is a find! I would think of it as an interesting form of “travel insurance”!

  134. shek b says:

    Holy toledo batman! What will they think of next…

  135. Susan SM says:

    What WILL they think of next? Hopefully, it will be something to kill bedbugs at the source that won’t kill us in the process. I am glad our entrepreneurs are still diligent in their efforts to keep the economy going, so to speak. Sounds like an interesting way to tease out the reluctant travelers (think my mother) who have stopped traveling because of their fear of bedbugs.

  136. Pearl Feder says:

    Fry those blood suckers

  137. Mike Ryan says:

    OK – So short of the suitcase-what do you do to protect yourself from the bugs???

  138. susan says:

    This is such a creative invention! I travel on a budget and would love to win this fabulous suitcase!

  139. Lynne Wallace says:

    Very cool! I would love to win this! As someone who has a little OCD I am paranoid abt these creatures and never get a restful sleep in a different bed other than my own!!!

  140. AJ says:

    Nifty. Kills bugs and bake cupcakes at the same time.

  141. Pat Wade says:

    Awesome for peace of mind and not to worry about those buggers!

  142. Joanne Wickson says:

    This bag sounds awesome! I would love to have one! Last year I came home from a trip to FL and developed a rash a week later. I thought for sure it was bed bugs. Turned out to be psoriasis but I was freaking out about bed bugs. Called an exterminator to check it out. I hope to hear from you on June 12! Thank you so much!

  143. Michelle Ault says:

    Oooh! What a neat invention! This would give me peace of mind when travelling!

  144. Ann Fierimonte says:

    Be on the alert
    The bedbugs are hiding
    under the mattress
    and in the dirt.

    If you get a surprise
    Be ready for Plan B
    get Thermal strike
    and those bugs will fry

  145. CL Hart says:

    Love this idea. Like the suggestion of a side pocket that would be easier to access.

  146. Judy says:

    I’ve been woken up by bites from bed bugs…. it’s not something you’d ever want to experience! In a 4 star hotel where I found them took a shower while freaking out….took those clothes off shower again new clothes everything including pocket book/shoes gone….I take little chances anymore as I don’t place my bags on the floor but on a stand not near the bed, I will check the bed no matter what Star hotel it is…and I do leave my bags inside my car or outside if possible; if not wash everything ASAP. I had a friend in NYC that had them in her entire apartment as the building was infested — so I travel and would like to alleviate this craziness by simply plugging in a suitcase! My system is already compromised due to lupus so I don’t need the potential for bugs eating me too…so pick me… as this hard shell case would make me pack less; which is better for my arthritis and neck, plus most of us bring too much anyway! So — I’d be happy with squishing my stuff into a mini luggage bugowave.

  147. I would love to win this suitcase! What a terrific idea! It will take some worry out of travel!

  148. Dawn W says:

    Id be willing to try it. So far I’ve lucked out, but that won’t last forever.

  149. Barbara Fricks says:

    I was thinking how it would be nice to warm clothes and towels…I’m a bit chilly right now. ;-) I have a half dozen black canvas suitcases with rips and tears and am ready for a new one for our cruise in November. Good luck to us all.

  150. If this were April 1, I would think this is a joke. Plugging in a suitcase? What will we electrify next – our pets? I would love to try this out if only for it’s conversation value!

  151. CL says:

    What a neat idea! Would love to win it!

  152. Esther Rousso says:

    Although I am aware bed bugs can be found in very expensive hotels, this ag would be a blessing for me as I will be traveling to several third world countries in August and September. Just the air ares alone have taken a big chunk of my travel budget.

    Would love to win this.

    Esther Rousso

  153. Maureen says:

    This is so cool; would love to win. Be one less worry.

  154. Janet Bedell says:

    Always ready to try something new and always willing to give a brief review,

  155. What an ingenious invention, and so useful! This must be our next purchase. Thanks for the tip.

  156. Susan says:

    Very clever solution

  157. Michael S. says:

    At last, a reason to own a good piece of luggage. My last good one was destroyed by an airline. This luggage is something I would faithfully use. True, I’ll still inspect the bed for bed bugs, but I’ll also relax when I come home about “what’s in the bag”!

  158. Marcia says:

    Hmmmm! Interesting solution. My worst hotel fear!

  159. Catherine says:

    it would be reassuring to be able to treat your clothes before unpacking – I always worry I missed them during my inspection – can’t imagine the hell of removing them from my house!

  160. Helen Schmedeman says:

    I love travelling, but the thought of bedbugs is off-putting. This suitcase is certainly an interesting idea that is worth trying out. I travel with just one carry-on bag. The 20-inch bag sounds like just the right size. I’m game to try something new!

  161. Terri says:

    Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite! What a great way to come home rested from vacation!

  162. Pat U says:

    Have an upcoming trip that we would love to try it out on!

  163. Bill U says:

    Love that it is a carry-on!

  164. Debbie says:

    I hear the horror stories in the news, but have yet to experience “bed bugs”. How many of your readers have found them in their hotels, I wonder? A plug-in suitcase sounds crazy, but well worth it.

  165. Dianne Johnson says:

    It would be so nice to come home, and know for sure you weren’t bringing in extra critters.

  166. This is a great invention. Hopefully someone will come out with a less expensive version.

  167. S A Ogburn says:

    Sounds like a great suitcase to own.
    Keep those “buggies” out of my home!

  168. Frank Adams says:

    This is a great idea. I have stayed in some “flea-bag” hotels and motels, and the added security of this bag would help my peace of mind. And also my wife’s peace of mind.

  169. Karen Pittelli says:

    I don’t think I could spend that much money on a suitcase, but I like the security of not bringing bedbugs home. Eliminating them from your huse is a total nightmare.
    Karen

  170. lora compton says:

    An interesting idea. Sure don’t want to sleep with bedbugs and/or bring them home!

  171. This sounds like great idea. Now I also know to check for red/brown spots on the matress seams.

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