What's New, What's Hot: February 2012

By Joe Rosen
For a slideshow of all products, click on the image. Pictured here, the Luggage Bag Bungee.What's New What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click on the image to open the slideshow of all of the featured products for February.

Medibands. This product from Medical ID Marketplace could save your life if you have a medical condition, drug allergy or the like and you are unable to communicate with caregivers in a medical emergency at home or on the road. Combining stylish designs and practical information, these medical ID bracelets come in a variety of styles and colors, including metal, rubber, crystal, stainless steel, beaded and rope (with slip-knot closures). Most of the IDs feature the red Medical Alert symbol, are condition-specific or can be customized at no additional charge with engraved information about the medical condition of the wearer. $19.95 and up; www.medicalIDmarketplace.com.  

Rowenta Ultra Compact Steambrush. Removing wrinkles from your garments by hanging them up in your hotel bathroom and turning the shower to "Hot!" might do the trick, but there is a good chance the resultant steam cloud will set off a smoke alarm before it takes the creases out of a suit jacket or skirt. A better way to keep your wardrobe looking right is to touch it up with this 800-watt, hand-held travel steamer, which works with tap water (not distilled water) to deliver a powerful, continuous stream of steam. Fill its removable, 1.7-ounce water tank and steam up to four shirts before refilling. The product includes a removable fabric brush, removable lint pad, hanging hook and travel pouch. A variable steam dial provides for treating delicate fabrics. $29.99; www.shoprowenta.com.  

Luggage Bag Bungee. This simple product makes a world of sense for the seasoned traveler. Lightweight, compact and easily toted in purse or carry-on when not being used, the Bag Bungee enables you to safely and securely attach a second bag, winter coat or otherwise hard-to-manage item to your wheeled luggage and maneuver both in tandem while in transit. Just attach the Bag Bungee to the handle of your wheeled suitcase, wrap the bungee cords around your carry-on and secure them to the single or double pole of the primary bag's telescoping handle. $16.50; www.magellans.com.  

iZon Remote Room Monitor. A friend is looking after your cats while you are on vacation, and you want to check on how the kitties are doing in your absence (not to mention checking on whether your friend is hosting wild, late-night parties in your absence). Or you just want to make sure the kids are watering the plants while you are away on a business trip. You can see for yourself with the new iZon Remote Room Monitor, which uses a camera about the size of a salt shaker and an iOS app to transmit the images to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. The surveillance cam, which features motion-sensor capability as well as noise detection to send you alerts and ensure automatic recording, enables secure, private video streaming that can record directly to YouTube if you so desire. $129.95; www.steminnovation.com/section/iZon24/.  

Briggs & Riley 24-inch Upright Spinner. Even filled to capacity, this bag has four swiveling wheels that make all the difference in negotiating airports, train stations and hotel lobbies. Lightweight at 11.1 pounds and expandable by more than 11% in packing space, this capacious product from Briggs & Riley's Baseline line offers classy top and side leather handles, leather touch points, a fabric bottom handle for easy lifting, a wear- and water-resistant exterior, a hidden ID tag, a three-stop outside handle for wrinkle-free packing and a large front storage pocket. The bag, which measures 23.5 by 10 by 18 inches, carries a lifetime warranty that includes airline damage. $489; www.briggs-riley.com.  

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