It seems most airports are designed so that the randomly scattered power outlets are located as far from the gate seats as possible. So while California College of Arts student Daye Kim's actually designed the Whaletale suitcase mat for parents wrangling kids while traveling, it also seems incredibly handy for anyone dealing with an overcrowded airport.

When folded up the Whaletale straps to the underside of a rolling suitcase so you still have access to the bag's contents through the lid. But when opened and spread out on the ground, the blanket provides a large and clean place for feeding or changing infants, for kids to play, or for embargo-racing bloggers to work. And since it always remains tethered to a suitcase, the Whaletale even provides a place to lean up against when sitting for those times when airport walls are already filled with passengers with the same idea. Attention luggage makers of the world—one of you needs to get in touch with this talented designer.


[Daye Kim via FastCo Design]