Like it or not, ‘tis the season when countless travelers are likely to be stranded in airports when their flights are delayed or canceled because of severe weather. Now, however, there’s an alternative to trying to stretch out on one of those oh-so-uncomfortable benches to catch some shut-eye.
The Mini Motel combines a bivouac bag-style indoor tent and inflatable air mattress/pillow with ear plugs, an eye shade, and a reading light. There’s even a portable alarm clock to make sure you don’t miss your flight.
As someone who’s experienced his share of delayed and canceled flights, I’m torn between fascination with this product and my desire (obsession is more like it) to travel light. While the package folds flat to fit in a briefcase or backpack, it weighs in at nearly five pounds, enough to make me think twice before schlepping it across the country on the off chance that I might get stranded somewhere along the way. Maybe it’s one of those deals where you only throw it in your carry-on bag when weather forecasts for an upcoming flight make delays look likely.
I plan on getting one of these to review but, in the meantime, let me know what you think about this airport “concourse camping” concept. Is it a godsend to stranded travelers or just one more useless solution in search of a problem travelers don’t need to be burdened with?