What's New, What's Hot: April 2018

Para'Kito Mosquito Protection Bands: Although it is too early in the season at Travel Weekly's offices to vouch for the product in use, the Para'Kito line of products, in the company's words, uses "natural-based active ingredients ... to ensure customers are sufficiently protected in a harmless manner" for up to 15 days. Using refillable pellets that contain a blend of natural essential oils and a slow-release system, DEET-free Para'Kito neoprene bands are waterproof, adjustable, can be worn or clipped to a backpack or stroller. The bands come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including a reflective sports band in a Lycra material featuring an ID tag, and four band designs named after destinations (Miami, Manila, Berlin and Las Vegas). $19.98 per band; www.parakito.com.

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Victorinox Lexicon Hardside Medium Case: Just the right size and weight for a week or more away on business or pleasure, this piece is constructed from durable polycarbonate with a scratch-resistant gray or black matte finish. Featuring top, side and bottom handles for effective hauling as well as four dual-wheel casters and an aluminum handle that locks into three positions for easy maneuverability, the Lexicon Hardside Medium Case includes a free worldwide tracking system should your bag get lost in transit. Other attributes include X-shaped compression straps to keep your packed things in place, two zippered mesh accessory pockets, and a zippered divider wall containing a removable suiter. Vital statistics: 11 X 17.7 X 26.8 inches, 10.2 pounds. $500; https://www.victorinox.com/us/en.


  • United by Blue Trail Weekender: As carryon luggage goes this bag has all the essentials and then some. Slightly below the max carryon size limit, the Trail Weekender's 100% recycled polyester finish, which comes in a variety of colors, is water repellant and stain resistant. The bag, which is equipped with a removable, adjustable crossbody strap as well as vegetable tanned leather carry handles with a nine-inch drop, has a padded laptop sleeve that can accommodate up to a 13-inch device. The bag weighs only 1 pound, 1 ounce and measures 21.25x12.5x7 inches. $98; www.unitedbyblue.com.
  • Biltmore Renaissance Overnighter: Diamond Brand Gear boasts that it has been making craft gear for the military and the adventuring public since it was established in 1881. With a history of making the first backpack for the Boy Scouts in 1931, the company offers this bag that is inspired by bridle leathers and early 20th century trunks. Made of cotton canvas and cotton/wool fabrics, with leather straps and handles as well as brushed nickel hardware, the Biltmore Overnighter includes two front compartments with hidden zippers and side and back pockets for additional storage. Inside, a pleated zipper compartment and two open compartments complete the package. Measurements: 19x12x9 inches; 3.3 pounds. $299; https://www.diamondbrandgear.com

Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide-Mouth Bottle: The name of this useful and ecologically sound product about says it all. Instead of carrying around wasteful and expensive plastic bottles while on soft adventure outings or even sightseeing, travelers would be well advised to invest in this 100% recyclable, BPA-free bottle instead. With a 32-ounce capacity, the Hydro Flask is big enough for an entire day on the go. Moreover, its double-wall insulation and stainless-steel body can keep water chilled for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. The bottle's wide-mouth opening (with a carry strap lid) makes for a fast fill and easy flow. Available in 14 colors. $39.95 (a wide-mouth straw lid-topped bottle is available for $44.95); www.hydroflask.com.


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