What's New, What's Hot: April 2017

By Joe Rosen /
What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. First up, TRS Ballistic Luggage by Club Glove. The first notable feature in the line is its built-in ''train'' system that allows several of the wheelable bags to be connected and pulled by one person. A second feature is the material that covers the soft-sided bags: It's military grade, tear-resistant ballistic nylon. Also, each of the distinctively shaped bags comes with detached packing modules to keep things organized.Family and vacation photos taking up too much memory in your smart phone or tablet? A good way to free up storage space is to plug the Picture Keeper into your device and download your images to it. From 16 GB to 64 GB, it works by connecting with a dedicated app on your device that backs up photos, videos and contacts and renders them secure and at your disposal. Compatible with IOS, Android, Windows and Macs, it enables you to share your favorite images without cutting into your data allowance or to restore your photos to a new device.These jeans sport many advantages for the casual traveler. For starters, they are made of a four-way stretch fabric and have a fleece-like lining for comfort. In addition to being unusually light weight (about 16 ounces), water-, dirt- and stain-resistant, the Thunderbolt Mark II Jeans feature a hidden zipper on the right rear pocket large enough to safely carry a passport and, according to the manufacturer, will maintain their insulating properties even when wet.Stuck in a crowded airplane near a crying baby or a snoring seat mate, just slip on the 1 Voice Sleep Headphones Eye Mask, connect it by cable to your favorite soothing sounds on a smart phone or mp3 player and tune out. The 1 Voice is made out of memory foam and soft velvet that works to blot out light while its sound disks are layered with foam for comfort. The eye mask, which does not require a battery, is machine washable and has an adjustable velcro strap to keep it in place.Well designed for a weekend jaunt, the Thule Subterra Carry-On 40L can be carried as a backpack or a shoulder bag; has a removable protective sleeve for a laptop, tablet and accessories; a zippered mesh divider in the main compartment; and a space to keep shoes and laundry separate from your other contents. The soft-side carry-on's portability is enhanced by top-side and bottom grab handles as well as a pass-through panel that enables easy attachment to the collapsible handles of rolling luggage (and shelters a hidden passport pocket).