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

Optrix PhotoProX: The perfect iPhone 5 case for the traveling photographer, this waterproof and drop-proof housing is the only one of its kind to offer interchangeable lenses to fit virtually all photographic contingencies. Included in the kit is the case itself, which boasts an impact-resistant, custom poly-carbonate unibody design, and four glass lenses with aluminum bodies: macro, telephoto, fisheye and flat (for underwater photography). A case leash, lens cloth and padded lens case complete the picture. As for the case, according to Optrix it is designed and built to a rating of IPX8, which is the highest rating possible for electronic housings. $149.95; www.optrix.com.  

Same Sky Hope NecklaceChick on the Go Travel Kit: The name says it all. This uniquely packable travel wardrobe comprises a clutch-size case that opens into a garment bag containing five garments and two accessories that can be mixed and matched to create 25 different outfits. The five garments are a black wide-leg pant; a black slip dress; an off-white, long sleeve V-neck shirt; an off-white tank top; and a black poncho that can be worn as a shirt or a skirt. And the two accessories? They are a black sash and an off-white sash, both of which can be used as a belt, scarf or a headband. The outfits are suitable for everything from a night on the town to sightseeing around town. Custom-made in the U.S., the garments are a blend of 95% rayon and 5% Spandex, with no buttons or zippers. Sizes x-small to 18-20. Sorry men, nothing for you ... yet. $289; www.thechickonthego.com.  

Same Sky Hope Necklace: Another get-about-with-less travel accoutrement, this strikingly attractive and versatile necklace can easily sport six different looks: a long necklace; a knot necklace; a bold, multi-loop bracelet; a "choker," with two closely wound strands fitting around a neck; a looped belt; and a layered necklace with two loosely wound strands around the neck. The 38- to 39-inch necklaces, which are hand-crocheted in Rwanda, feature hand-blown glass beads, smaller seed beads, a non-stretch cord and a magnetic closure. Better yet, the necklace is the product of the Same Sky initiative, which, according to the organization, focuses on giving women in Africa living with HIV/AIDS "the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and lead self-sustaining lives." Same Sky recently brought the model to this country by hiring formerly incarcerated women in Jersey City, N.J. $395 to $425; www.samesky.com.  

Sakroots Artist Circle Soft Duffel: This sturdy bag is an eye-catcher, employing for its colorful look the works of artists engaged by Sakroots to create prints that are "laid back, cheerful and fun." This duffel, measuring 24 by 7 by 15 inches, comes equipped with an adjustable and removable cross-body strap; a zippered back pocket; and three interior pockets, one of them zippered. The top is a soft canvas, while the bottom is a coated canvass. Weighing only one pound, it is versatile enough to be used as an overnighter or even a capacious gym bag. $89; www.sakroots.com.  

Coldfront: This personal cooling kit, small enough for dealing with heat waves, tired feet, pain, muscle strains and hot flashes while you're on the go, stays cold for up to 12 hours. Moreover, the soft, cooling, palm-size gel packs stored in the Coldfront case can be cooled again by replacing them in the case for 20 minutes. The product, incidentally, is TSA-approved for travel when in its frozen state. $79.90; www.mycoldfront.com.  

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