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

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 on the image to open the slideshow of all of the featured products for May.

Kumani Shea Butter Travel KitKumani Shea Butter Travel Kit. For those women who swear by the attributes of shea butter -- and apparently they are legion -- comes this handy collection of natural (not synthetic) shea butter-based beauty products designed to pamper a female traveler from head to foot. Shea butter, which is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, is considered to have anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties. The kit contains 2-ounce dispensers of a daily shampoo, a conditioner with oil from the Moroccan Argan tree, a moisturizing face and body wash with aloe and a reparative hand and body lotion. All the amenities are neatly assembled in a clear, snap-top travel pouch perfect for airport check points. $28; www.kumaniessentials.com.  

Chobe Shoulder Bag. This classy product does it all. At once an abrasion- and tear-resistant professional-style camera bag and/or full-featured carryon, the Chobe by Gura can accommodate a 15-inch laptop, tablet or e-reader; travel documents; newspapers, books and magazines; and travel ephemera. With the addition of Gura's custom-designed camera insert, the bag is a perfect fit for an SLR camera, multiple lenses and even a few compact cameras to boot. Other features include an expansion pocket for a drink, two zippered front pockets, one Velcro-secured pocket and a concealed, zippered sleeve for sliding the bag over the handles of wheeled luggage. Unzip the Chobe's expansion zipper and the bag grows by 2.5 inches. As for weight, the Chobe, with insert, checks in at less than 4 pounds. $349 (bag and insert); www.guragear.com.  

Jane Marvel Metallic Metro Tote. Another multi-purpose bag, this women's tote has what it takes when negotiating the neighborhood or traveling around the world. Both a handbag and a carryall, the Metro Tote weighs less than a pound, has an adjustable and removable cross-body shoulder strap with as much as a 24-inch drop, double handles with a 7.5-inch drop for hand or shoulder carry, side pockets, a large front-zip pocket, an interior zip pocket, two interior open pockets and a top zip closure. Longer than it is wide, the bag, which measures 13.5 by 2.5 by 15 inches, features a supple faux leather exterior, silver tone hardware and a lined interior. $105; www.seejanework.com.  

AViiQ Portable Charging Station. Wouldn't it be great to check into your hotel room and not to have to search under the bed, behind a desk or over the sink to find multiple outlets to charge your iPad, cell phone and digital camera? And wouldn't it ease your mind to not have to worry about leaving an adapter or dedicated charger at home? If the answers are yes and yes (and why wouldn't they be), this portable charging station kit is for you in that it can power up to four USB devices using only one outlet while small enough to fit in a purse, laptop bag or carryon. In addition to charging devices with different power requirements, the unit's data port enables synching and data backup while charging one of the devices. It all comes in a nylon zip-up bag that weighs less than 1 pound. $79.99; www.aviiq.com.  

GoPilot. Figuring out the target audience for this product, a handheld urinal for travelers on the go who very much have to go, shouldn't be difficult: men with bladder, prostate or incontinence conditions, long-distance riders stuck in traffic jams, super-hydrated kids in a car. A veritable portable pit stop, the GoPilot consists primarily of a quart-sized container, accordion-style adjustable tube, inlet and cap. Easy to clean and sanitize, the product enables a traveler to discretely urinate within the privacy of a stationary vehicle and may help to alleviate physical discomfort. The GoPilot comes with a mesh storage bag that can be used for privacy purposes. One caveat: don't text while tinkling. $29.95; www.thegopilot.com.  

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