What's New, What's Hot: June 2014

By Joe Rosen

What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click here or on the image to open a slideshow of all of the featured products for June.

Any one of three all-purpose, portable lanterns can be life-savers whether you are on the road or caught in a power outage at home or away:

• Bracketron Smart Lantern: This powerful lantern gives off enough light while used in its lantern mode to illuminate a small room; when the lantern globe is retracted into its housing, it turns into a flashlight for more focused lighting. The Bracketron's high-capacity, rechargeable battery offers 48 hours of illumination or up to five full charges of a mobile device via its 2.1A USB port (a charging cable is included). The battery is built to hold a charge for up to a year, and the unit's high-impact housing is fireproof. $79.95; www.bracketron.com.  

Bracketron Smart Lantern• The Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flashlight: Not only does this compact lantern feature strobe and SOS modes as well as directional lighting with three brightness levels, it also offers a USB charging portal that, in a pinch, can be used to power cameras and other devices and an integrated emergency glass breaker for automobile emergencies almost too frightening to contemplate. The Satechi is built to withstand heavy rain, submersion and, according to the manufacturer, its aluminum/steel body can withstand the weight of an average car (also not a pleasant prospect for us vacationing drivers). Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it has a scratch-resistant glass lens. $29.99; www.satechi.net.  

• Zippo Rugged Lantern: No, you can't use it to light up a cigarette or cigar, but this heavy-duty lantern with its metal support cage and rubberized corners will provide you with a lot of dependable light when you need it most. Designed to be so waterproof that it will float if knocked into the water and able to withstand a 5-foot drop, the Zippo Rugged Lantern is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will keep the thing bright for 10 hours on its highest brightness setting, 15 hours on medium or 40 hours on low. The lantern also incorporates a flashing SOS feature, while a flexible pop-up handle is perfect for the product's use during an outdoor camping adventure. $74.99; www.zippo.com.  

Lipault Ladies Vertical Wheeled Brief: This briefcase on wheels offers almost 1,500 cubic inches of space yet tips the scales at a mere 5.4 pounds. Designed, I gather from its label, for the female road warrior, it has a large main compartment, three separate zippered compartments, elastic shoe pockets and a padded laptop compartment. A water-resistant nylon twill fabric, two carrying handles and a mono tube retractable handle complete the picture. Available in espresso, black or purple. $229; www.lipault-us.com.  

Helly Hansen Splittail Coat: Designed and developed in Norway for the rugged mountain conditions there (but made in China, no surprise), this waterproof, windproof and breathable military-style jacket should be in every outdoor adventurer's wardrobe. The jacket, which is cotton-lined, seam-sealed and offers two-ply fabric construction, has all the necessary accouterments necessary to keep you comfortable and protected in adverse weather. Those include a front storm flap, a detachable hood, a buttoned backdrop, a bottom-hem cinch cord, adjustable cuffs and hand pockets with storm flaps. Remember, it won't stay summer forever (not counting global warming). $250; www.hellyhansen.com.  

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